Sun Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

July 09, 2006

WORLD

U.S. to negotiate nuclear waste

The Bush administration said yesterday that it would open negotiations with Russia on a long-discussed nuclear agreement that would pave the way for Russia to become one of the world's largest repositories of spent nuclear fuel. pg 11a

Accusations of Iraqi corruption

Brutality and corruption are rampant in Iraq's police force, with abuses ranging from the rape of female prisoners to assassinations of police officers and participation in insurgent bombings, according to Iraqi government documents. pg 17a

MARYLAND

Water for thirsty towns

The Ehrlich administration is considering a policy to lease or sell water on and under state lands - a move sought by towns thirsty for water to serve new homes but one that critics say could allow intensive development on the borders of state parks. pg 1a

Hopkins sex researcher dies

John Money, one of the nation's pre-eminent sex researchers, died Friday at age 84. Dr. Money pioneered the study of gender disorders and helped establish Johns Hopkins as the first U.S. hospital to perform adult sex-change operations. pg 1b

Gang targeted ATMs

Federal prosecutors in Baltimore charge that a gang of thieves, operating in at least four states, cracked into or stole more than 30 ATMs since 2003. The alleged leader of the gang is to have a detention hearing tomorrow. pg 1b

NATIONAL

N.J. budget impasse resolved

New Jersey's 12 casino-hotels, closed since Wednesday because of the state's budget impasse, rumbled back to life hours after lawmakers finished a $30 billion budget during an all-night session. pg 3a

BUSINESS

Clear signals from the Fed

With the ascendancy of plain-spoken Ben S. Bernanke as its new chief, clearer messages are emerging from the Federal Reserve on the future of the nation's monetary policy. Mutual fund investors, however, might be pining for the old days of cryptic pronouncements. pg 1c

SPORTS

O's beat Indians, 7-4

The Orioles ended a four-game losing streak with a 7-4 victory over the Indians at Jacobs Field. The Orioles chased rookie Jeremy Sowers from the game with seven runs through 3 2/3 innings, and Erik Bedard got his fifth straight win. pg 1d

A&E TODAY

Broadway-bound `Cry-Baby'

A lot is riding on Cry-Baby , the second John Waters movie to be turned into a musical. Broadway theater owners and a few potential investors hope the play will follow in the dancing footsteps of the 2003 Tony Award winner, Hairspray. pg 1e

MODERN LIFE

Making room for baby

Baltimore makers of high-end children's furniture take very different approaches to decorating the nursery. Some insist babies need a decor all their own, while others produce serious furniture to accommodate parents' tastes. pg 1n

TRAVEL

All quiet in Croatia

A tour of the Dalmatian Coast in the formerly war-torn country of Croatia yields some surprises: Dubrovnik is peaceful now, with its buildings almost fully restored. pg 1r

Quote Of the day

"They can become almost numb to the killing. You think more about preserving your own life than about what's the right thing to do."

Charles W. Gittins, lawyer for Marines accused of murder in Iraq Article, PG 15A

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