Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

August 16, 2006

NATIONAL

Hospitals take up research

Across the country, tighter finances and tougher competition are prompting many community hospitals to take up cutting-edge research that had been left to universities, drug companies and government laboratories. pg 1a

Katrina insurance claim denied

A federal judge ruled that an insurance company's policies do not cover damage from floodwaters or storm surge. The decision could affect hundreds of cases related to property damage from Hurricane Katrina. pg 3a

MARYLAND

Schaefer misses meetings

Maryland Comptroller William Donald Schaefer has missed more than half of the last 18 meetings of a powerful committee that guides the state pension system's investments, records show. pg 1b

Route 3 overhaul planned

State highway officials say they hope to secure approvals this fall to overhaul a 9-mile, traffic-choked portion of Route 3 between Gambrills and Bowie, which would mark the first major movement on the $700 million project in four decades. pg 1b

WORLD

Israeli town eager to rebuild

In Israel, the tensions of war are turning into the frustrations of peace. pg 1a

Iraq's civilian death toll rises

July appears to have been the deadliest month of the war for Iraqi civilians, reinforcing criticism that the Baghdad security plan started in June by the new Iraqi government has failed. pg 14a

BUSINESS

DOW -- UP

+132.39

11,230.26

NASDAQ -- UP

+45.97

2,115.01

S&P -- UP

+17.37

1,285.58

SUN INDEX -- UP

+3.26

320.59

Company sports teams

More companies are adding or expanding extracurricular sports programs with squads and games such as flag football, soccer and dodgeball, employers and workplace experts say. The growth comes as some bosses question the safety risks and other downsides that company sports teams can have on corporate America. pg 1a

SPORTS

Yankees rally, extend O's slide

Johnny Damon hit a tying home run and Robinson Cano sliced an RBI double in the seventh inning as the host New York Yankees came from behind to hand the Orioles their fifth straight loss, 6-3. pg 1e

TODAY

Harmonicas heat up

A 12-year-old harmonica player will compete for a $1 million prize tonight on America's Got Talent. Whether or not he wins, he already has helped breathe life back into the harmonica business. pg 1c

Md. playwright's debut

Stephen Kilduff, a novice playwright from Catonsville, will see his first play performed tonight in an off-Broadway theater that has been the stage for some of Hollywood's brightest stars. pg 1c

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"To our generation, the word planet meant something special. I had a poster on my wall as a kid of the nine planets and would trace out the orbits with my finger. With 53, it's not going to happen."

Michael Brown, California Institute of Technology astronomer Article, PG 1A

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