Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

August 22, 2006

WORLD

11 charged in bomb plot

Citing evidence that includes martyrdom videos, suicide notes and bomb-making equipment, authorities filed criminal charges yesterday accusing 11 suspects of involvement in a plot to smuggle explosive devices onto airliners bound for the United States. pg 1a

No talks with Syria

Rejecting suggestions that Israel open channels to Syria, a backer of Hezbollah, after the recent war in Lebanon, Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said yesterday that there could be no negotiations with Damascus as long as it supports militant groups that have attacked Israel. pg 9a

MARYLAND

Test scores improve

More than 70 percent of last year's ninth-graders who took state proficiency tests in algebra, government and biology have passed the exams. Across the state, the pass rates rose in every county and in Baltimore, in some cases significantly. pg 1a

Document removed

State investigators removed several computers and boxes of documents during a recent search of the home of Baltimore City Council President Sheila Dixon's former campaign chairman, whose firm was paid $500,000 for government work performed without a contract. pg 1b

NATIONAL

Manhunt shuts down campus

A manhunt for an escaped convict suspected of killing a hospital guard and a sheriffs deputy shut down the Virginia Tech campus on the first day of classes yesterday as sharpshooters were posted on university rooftops and students scrambled for safety before he was nabbed. pg 3a

BUSINESS

DOW -- DOWN

-36.42

11,345.05

NASDAQ -- DOWN

-16.20

2,147.75

S&P -- DOWN

-4,78

1,297.52

SUN INDEX -- DOWN

-1.85

324.41

Legal tax avoidance

For five days, Marylanders can cheat the state out of its sales tax when purchasing certain clothing and shoes. State officials say the fiscal holiday benefits both consumers and retailers. pg 1d

Performax to merge

Performax, a Baltimore-based health care benefits administrator, plans to merge with Minnesota firm that will form the nation's fourth-largest self-funded health benefits provider. pg 1d

SPORTS

No relief for Orioles

In the offseason, the Orioles will attempt to repair their bullpen again in what has become a winter ritual. Going into tonight's game against the Minnesota Twins at Camden Yards, their relievers had the second-highest ERA in the majors at 5.13. pg 1c

TODAY

A sea change in fishing

A fish, long the basis for much male bonding, may be pulled from the sea now with no male involvement, due to the rise of female-owned bait shops and charter boat captains like Holly Ann Firuta. pg 1e

Jazz camp is a rare find

Summer music camps are not as rare as vinyl records, but a camp run by a genuine jazz musician like Carl Grubbs at Loyola College may be as hard to find as original music by John Coltrane, the master saxophonist who inspired Grubbs. pg 1e

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"I would not be surprised if parts of the region were to slip into drought on the Drought Monitor when it comes out on Thursday."

Doug LeComte, federal drought specialist

Article, PG 1A

UP NEXT

TOMORROW

HARVEST SUGGESTIONS

Rob Kasper offers recipes to help gardeners deal with the glorious overflow of vegetables this time of year.

IN TASTE

SUNDAY

College roommates

For thousands of college students moving into dorms this week, the biggest challenge may be getting along with their roommate.

IN MODERN LIFE

ONLINE

Substance abuse study

See the National Survey of American Attitudes on Substance Abuse featured in today's Susan Reimer column at: www.baltimoresun.com/casastudy

Voting for Emmys

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