Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

July 26, 2006

WORLD

Hezbollah to step up attacks

After two weeks of a fierce Israeli offensive in Lebanon, Hezbollah leader Sheik Hassan Nasrallah said that his group would begin firing rockets deeper into Israel and wage a guerrilla war on its forces in Lebanese territory. pg 1a

NATIONAL

U.S. troops to move to Baghdad

In a major shift of strategy, American combat troops will be redeployed from outlying Iraqi towns and cities into Baghdad in a bid to end the vicious sectarian violence that has claimed thousands of civilian lives, President Bush announced. pg 1a

Abortions limits for minors

Senate Republicans pushed through legislation making it a federal crime to evade parental consent laws by taking minors across state lines for abortions. pg 3a

MARYLAND

Voting challenge rejected

Maryland's highest court rejected yesterday a Republican-backed challenge to the state's early-voting law, ending hopes of getting the issue on the ballot as a referendum and greatly increasing the likelihood that voters will have an additional five days to get to the polls this fall. pg 1b

No abuse report on teacher

Baltimore County authorities said yesterday that they can find no records of allegations in 1997 against a private school teacher now charged with sexually abusing a student decades ago. pg 1b

BUSINESS

DOW -- UP

+52.66

11,103.71

NASDAQ -- UP

+12.06

2,073.90

S&P -- UP

+7.97

1,268.88

SUN INDEX -- UP

+0.50

331.09

Legg Mason shares drop

Legg Mason Inc.'s shares plunged 8.5 percent yesterday after the company reported that its assets under management declined as some clients fled its mutual funds and its accounts took a drubbing in the stock market. Earning were up, but fell short of analysts' estimates. pg 1d

SPORTS

R. Lewis ready to practice

Ray Lewis is scheduled to practice for the first time since tearing his hamstring nine months ago, Ravens coach Brian Billick said yesterday. The former All-Pro linebacker had missed all of the team's spring workouts because he was still recovering from the injury. pg 1e

TODAY

An airborne `Expedition

Hollywood star Bill Pullman brings his aerial theater production to Baltimore in a high-flying tale about the rescue of three astronauts stranded in outer space. pg 1c

Staff cuts at historical society

The Maryland Historical Society, the state's oldest cultural institution, announces sweeping staff reductions to help ease a $1.2 million budget deficit. pg 1c

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"Pigs are associated with dirt and a lot of negativity; why would you want to live there?"

Muro Basilio, who works in the billing department of Bon Secours Washington Village and supports changing Pigtown's name Article, PG 1a

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