Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

June 26, 2006

MARYLAND

Work set for biodefense center

Groundbreaking was scheduled today for a $128 million, 160,000-square-foot biodefense center at Fort Detrick. Built for the Department of Homeland Security, the National Biodefense Analysis and Countermeasures Center will be dedicated to bioterror research and analysis. The center is now operating out of borrowed lab space at Fort Detrick and elsewhere. pg 1a

Heavy rains force evacuations

A torrent of rain drenched portions of the Eastern Shore yesterday morning, ripping out roads, small bridges and railroad beds and forced evacuations of dozens of residents in southern Caroline and northern Dorchester counties. Heavy rains also soaked much of Central Maryland and resumed with another round of storms last night. pg 1b

SPORTS

O's fall to Nationals, 9-5

The Orioles' hopes for a three-game sweep of the Washington Nationals slipped away with a 9-5 loss at Camden Yards. Orioles pitcher Daniel Cabrera set a team record with four wild pitches. pg 1d

Jeff Gordon wins Save Mart 350

Jeff Gordon won the Dodge/Save Mart 350 in Sonoma, Calif., his record ninth road course victory. He led a race-high 44 laps for his fifth Sonoma win and the 74th of his career. pg 1d

NATIONAL

Buffett turns philanthropist

The world's second-richest man, Warren Buffett, announced that he would bequeath the bulk of his roughly $44 billion fortune to the foundation established by billionaire Bill Gates and his wife. pg 3a

Congressman blasts N.Y. Times

Rep. Peter T. King, the chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee yesterday called for criminal prosecution of The New York Times, saying its report Friday on U.S. government surveillance of confidential banking records "compromised America's anti-terrorist policies." pg 5a

Arcelor accepts Mittal Steel bid

Arcelor SA yielded yesterday to a sweetened bid from Mittal Steel Co., owner of the Sparrows Point steel mill in Baltimore County, ending a bitter five-month takeover battle in a deal to create a titan with nearly 10 percent of the global market. pg 3a

WORLD

Amnesty part of al-Maliki's plan

Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki unveiled yesterday an ambitious U.S.-backed plan for bringing together ethnic and sectarian factions that leaves open the possibility of offering amnesty to some insurgents who have killed American or Iraqi troops. pg 1a

Israel vows action after raid

The Israeli government threatened drastic consequences yesterday after a rare cross-border raid by Palestinian militants that left two Israeli soldiers dead and one missing, apparently seized by the attackers. pg 11a

TODAY

Donations with a difference

The folks at the Worcester County Humane Society were accustomed to receiving donations for blankets, food and a bit of money. But they did not expect the gifts that poured forth when the wife of a popular radio host died suddenly last year, and the society has found itself able to offer creature comforts. pg 1c

Earning power doesn't end

Columnist Kevin Cowherd says you know things are bad when even dead people make more money than you do. pg 1d

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"The idea that they should even consider talking about amnesty for people who have killed people who liberated their country is unconscion able."

Sen. Carl Levin, a Michigan Democrat, on the new Iraq reconciliation plan Article, PG 1A

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