Sun Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

September 03, 2006

MARYLAND

Md. escapes serious damage

Remnants of Ernesto were gone by yesterday afternoon, but utility workers and residents in Maryland were busy cleaning up the damage from steady rains and unexpectedly vigorous wind gusts. Tens of thousands of homes remained without power last night. pg 1a

HarborView ruling affirmed

In a blow to a coalition of Baltimore community leaders who say penthouses atop the Pier Homes at HarborView violate height limits, a city housing officer has affirmed her department's decision to allow the developer to continue building rooftop structures at the luxury waterfront project. pg 1b

NATIONAL

Death penalty recommended

An Army investigator has recommended that four soldiers accused of killing three Iraqi men taken from a house May 9 on a marshy island outside Samarra face the death penalty if convicted. Lt. Col. James P. Daniel Jr. concluded that the slayings were premeditated. pg 3a

TSA suspends airport device

After what it called unexpected reliability problems, the Transportation Security Administration has suspended installation of the only airport checkpoint device that automatically screens passengers for hidden explosives. pg 4a

WORLD

British police arrest 16

British authorities announced yesterday they had arrested 16 people on suspicion of committing or instigating acts of terrorism. Police said the sweep had no connection to an alleged plot to smuggle liquid explosives onto airliners last month or the July 2005 bombings in London. pg 18a

Iran volunteers cease-fire help

Iran offered to help support the cease-fire in Lebanon in talks yesterday with U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan, and insisted that diplomacy is the only way to resolve Tehran's nuclear dispute with the West. The talks came two days after Iran defied a U.N. deadline to halt uranium enrichment. pg 19a

BUSINESS

Boom for private buyouts

Private equity firms have been buying up some of the biggest companies in the country, such as hospital chain HCA Inc. But they're also shopping for smaller businesses, and business owners increasingly are turning to private buyouts rather than taking their company public. pg 1c

SPORTS

Loewen, Orioles cool off A's

Miguel Tejada and Chris Gomez drove in two runs apiece and Adam Loewen improved to 3-0 in his past four starts as the Orioles beat Oakland, 6-5, to break the Athletics' 10-game home winning streak. pg 1d

A&E TODAY

Centennial of city sculptor

Baltimore's Schuler School of Fine Arts celebrates the centennial of sculptor Hans Schuler's studio on East Lafayette Avenue. Among his works are the Pulaski monument in Patterson Park and the Hopkins monument at Charles and 33rd streets. pg 1e

Quote Of the day

"If that snake was healthy and wasn't disturbed, it could have digested that alligator without any problems."

Biologist Stephen Secor, on a Burmese python that apparently exploded after eating a 6-foot gator in Everglades National Park Article, PG 11A

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