Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

August 18, 2006

NATIONAL

Court calls surveillance illegal

A federal judge in Detroit struck down the National Security Agency's domestic surveillance program yesterday, calling it unconstitutional and an illegal abuse of presidential power. The ruling marked the first court rejection of the controversial monitoring program. pg 1A

Judge drops cigarette payout

A federal judge ruled yesterday that the nation's top cigarette makers violated racketeering laws, deceiving the public for years about the health hazards of smoking, but she said she couldn't order them to pay the billions of dollars the government had sought. pg 3A

MARYLAND

City school battle heats up

Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. and Baltimore Mayor Martin O'Malley continued yesterday to bicker over the gubernatorial campaign's hottest issue, with each leader accusing the other of having failed Baltimore's schools and offering differing visions as the answer to the education system's woes. pg 1B

Homes planned near base

An Annapolis developer has proposed building at least 1,600 homes on a major undeveloped tract near fast-growing Fort Meade, but some county officials and residents worry about the project's impact on crowded roads and schools. pg 1B

WORLD

Official denies Bush comments

Amid plummeting public support in Britain for backing America's policy in the war on terrorism, Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott denied yesterday that he called President Bush "a cowboy with his Stetson hat" whose progress on a Middle East peace plan was "crap." pg 16a

BUSINESS

DOW -- UP

+7.84

11,334.96

NASDAQ -- UP

+8.07

2,157.61

S&P -- UP

+2.05

1,297.48

SUN INDEX -- UP

+1.60

335.74

Security program comes to BWI

A federal program launched at about a dozen U.S. airports that uses specially trained security officers to identify terrorists and other law breakers by studying passenger behavior arrived at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport yesterday. pg 1a

SPORTS

Orioles rout Yankees, 12-2

Rodrigo Lopez pitched seven strong innings and the Orioles rolled past New York, 12-2, at Yankee Stadium. Brian Roberts, Nick Markakis and Fernando Tatis hit home runs for the Orioles, who won the final two games in the three-game series. pg 1f

TODAY

Casting a seductive spell

The Illusionist creates a swirl of wonder, envy and eroticism that lingers after the last credits roll. pg 1C

Md. keeps the film rolling

The Maryland Film Commission is looking to build on a record year of attracting TV and movie productions to the state. pg 1C

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"It's bad around here. The drugs are bad, the shooting is getting terrible. It gets worse every year."

Coriless Jones of the Rose Street Community Center, on the neighborhood where a 4-year-old boy was wounded Wednesday Article, PG 3B

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NSA SURVEILLANCE

For recent developments and archived coverage of the domestic surveillance controversy, go to: www.baltimoresun.com/spying

FRANKENREITER REVIEW

To listen to Sun pop music critic Rashod Ollison review a new CD by California singer Donavon Frankenreiter, go to: www.baltimoresun.com/rashodaudio

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