Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

June 20, 2006

WORLD

Iraqi group claims kidnapping

A group affiliated with al-Qaida in Iraq said it had kidnapped two American soldiers who are being searched for by thousands of U.S. and Iraqi troops in an area known as the triangle of death. pg 1A

Death advised for Hussein

The chief prosecutor asked an Iraqi judge to put deposed dictator Saddam Hussein to death for crimes against humanity, capping off months of grim testimony about the alleged 1982 massacre of Shiite Muslim villagers. pg 12A

MARYLAND

Copeland to step down

Baltimore schools chief Bonnie S. Copeland will step down July 1, ending a turbulent three-year stint punctuated by a crippling financial crisis, increased state oversight and political bickering between Mayor Martin O'Malley and Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. pg 1A

Boater finds publisher's body

The body of Philip Merrill, the Annapolis-area publisher, philanthropist and former diplomat who disappeared while sailing the Chesapeake Bay on June 10, was found yesterday by a boater near Maryland's Eastern Shore. pg 1B

NATION

Divided ruling on wetlands

A divided Supreme Court stopped short of limiting federal protection of wetlands while ruling that the government overstepped its authority in halting two developments in Michigan. pg 3A

BUSINESS

DOW -- DOWN

-72.44

10,942.11

NASDAQ -- DOWN

-19.53

2,110.42

S&P -- DOWN

-11.40

1,240.14

SUN INDEX -- DOWN

-3.56

329.08

Short lines at BWI, officials say

A month into the busy summer travel season, officials at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport say security lines shouldn't be a common problem for most vacationers and business travelers. Security lines, they say, are an average of less than 10 minutes long. pg 1D

Exports show profit potential

Exports to China were worth $284 million to Maryland companies last year - a 27 percent increase over the year before. That's just a sliver of the $7.1 billion total exports by state companies in 2005, but with China's economy projected to grow an average of 9 percent a year through 2010, the potential is evident. pg 1D

TODAY

The ultimate first catch

The annual Ocean City Shark Tournament is an important, if peculiar, part of the resort town's seasonal opening ceremonies and a bracing reminder of what the summer waters have to offer. pg 1C

Aretha's Apollo encore

The first time Aretha Franklin came to Harlem to play the Apollo Theater, she was impressed before she got into the building. After a 20 year absence, she is returning to the historic Harlem theater, for shows today and tomorrow. pg 1C

SPORTS

Ravens trade for safety Sapp

The Ravens reacquired safety Gerome Sapp by sending a conditional 2007 draft pick to the Indianapolis Colts. He's expected to compete for the starting free safety job. pg 1E

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"If you can have it in Baghdad, you can have it in Baltimore."

Democratic Maryland Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski on multiday voting

Article, PG 1B

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State politics

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