Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

June 23, 2006

MARYLAND

Ehrlich vetoes BGE rate plan

Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. vetoed the legislature's BGE rate deferral plan yesterday, saying he wanted a new plan that was more "consumer friendly." Legislative leaders said the veto would be overridden today and accused him of wasting taxpayer money by making them spend another day in session. pg 1a

Duncan withdraws from race

Montgomery County Executive Douglas M. Duncan dropped out of the race for governor yesterday, revealing that he was diagnosed with clinical depression this week. Duncan, who had been trailing in the polls to Martin O'Malley, endorsed the mayor yesterday in the Democratic primary. pg 1a

NATIONAL

U.S. tracked bank transfers

The U.S. government, without the knowledge of many banks and their customers, has engaged for years in a secret effort to track terrorist financing by reviewing confidential information on transfers of money between banks worldwide. pg 1a

House GOP OKs line-item veto

Under pressure from the recent growth in spending and federal deficits, House Republicans approved a measure giving President Bush a line-item veto, insisting that the tool would help him slash wasteful spending and cut designated expenditures for specific projects from bills. pg 5a

WORLD

Kidnapping of Iraqis probed

Iraqi officials were trying to piece together how and why gunmen abducted scores of factory workers Wednesday afternoon in Taji, the second mass kidnapping this month. pg 16a

China questions missile launch

China said it is deeply concerned over a possible long-range missile launch by North Korea, and Russia summoned Pyongyang's ambassador in Moscow to express its alarm. pg 18a

TODAY

Samurai movies at the Charles

The works of Japan's director Akira Kurosawa and his lesser-known equal Masaki Kobayashi are at the center of the Charles Theatre's three-month series of samurai movies, which opens tomorrow and plays at noon Saturdays, at 7 p.m. Mondays and at 9 p.m. Thursdays through mid-September. pg 1c

BUSINESS

DOW -- DOWN

- 60.35

11,019.11

NASDAQ -- DOWN

-18.22

2,122.98

S&P -- DOWN

- 6.60

1,245.60

SUN INDEX -- DOWN

- 1.66

330.04

Air passengers like cattle call

When Southwest Airlines' chief executive officer wrote this week on the company blog that it soon plans to test assigned seating on several flights from San Diego, he got a surprising rush of responses that were mostly in favor of keeping the signature first-come, first-served system that some have referred to as the cattle call. pg 1e

Gene Logic shares lose big

In the latest sign that the genomics revolution of several years ago isn't going as planned, Gene Logic Inc., a Gaithersburg biotech company, suffered the day's largest percentage loss on the Nasdaq yesterday, its shares tumbling nearly 36 percent after it lowered sales projections and announced the resignation of a top executive. pg 1e

SPORTS

Marlins rally over O's, 8-5

The Orioles lost to the Florida Marlins, 8-5, in 10 innings last night at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. The Orioles' bullpen surrendered a four-run lead in the ninth inning, and closer Chris Ray gave up two home runs in the inning. pg 1f

U.S. ousted from World Cup

The United States was knocked out of the World Cup yesterday after a 2-1 first-round loss to Ghana. The U.S. team,, which had entered the tournament ranked as fifth in the world, finished 0-2-1 and scored just two goals. pg 1f

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"Boo! Hiss! NO! NO! NO! No reserved seating."

blogger on Southwest Airline Web log, on whether the airline should change its seating policy Article, PG 1e

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