Sun Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

June 18, 2006

MARYLAND

PSC upheaval may be costly

The legislature's replacement of five members of the Public Service Commission directly affects scores of businesses that have little to do with the public anger over electricity rates. Phone providers, water utilities, bus lines and taxi drivers now face uncertainty and government delays that could cost them millions. pg 1a

College Night events continue

Power Plant Live banned College Night three months ago, but two nearby bars are still promoting the drinking and dance parties, which draw hundreds of young people to Baltimore on Thursday nights. Reports of underage drinking prompted the city liquor board chairman to call for legislation ending College Nights. pg 1b

WORLD

Rebel Chechen leader killed

The separatist Chechen leader, who had attempted to inspire an Islamic rebellion against Russia, was killed yesterday in a gunfight with police. The death of Abdul Khalim Sadulayev, a former Islamic court judge, is a blow to insurgents attempting to destabilize southern Russia and establish independence for Chechnya. pg 19a

Iraq proposes amnesty plan

The Iraqi government has crafted a far-reaching amnesty plan for insurgents, officials close to Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki said yesterday. Guerrillas killed at least 34 Iraqis in a barrage of bombs and rockets in the capital as the U.S. military hunted for two missing American soldiers. pg 19a

NATIONAL

Guard troops begin patrol

The first National Guard troops ordered to the U.S.-Mexico border as part of President Bush's plan to improve security have arrived in the four border states and are expected to begin work by today. Their assignments will include monitoring surveillance cameras and sensors, building roads and installing fences along the border. pg 3a

Challenge to domestic spying

Despite some congressional criticism of the National Security Agency's warrantless surveillance program, lawmakers appear unlikely to challenge it this year without new pressure to do so, national security analysts and some members of Congress say. That leaves legal challenges, which have already begun, as the most likely arena for public scrutiny of the program, they say. pg 4a

SPORTS

Mickelson shares Open lead

Trying for his third straight major championship victory, Phil Mickelson shot a 1-under-par 69 and moved into a tie for the U.S. Open lead with Kenneth Ferrie after three rounds. pg 1d

U.S. ties Italy, remains alive

The United States managed a 1-1 tie with Italy for its first-ever World Cup point in Europe and retains a chance to advance to the next round if it defeats Ghana on Thursday and gets help. pg 1d

IDEAS

New era for health sciences

Thanks to the emerging field of synthetic biology, science can finally make good on the promises of the 30-year-old genetics revolution and deliver a flood of new drugs, therapies and diagnostic techniques. pg 1f

Quote Of the day

"With executive compensation, you see a couple of egregious situations here and there, and then it's taken like all executives are pigs."

Chris McGee, Mercer Human Resource Consulting Article, PG 1A

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