Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

September 15, 2006

MARYLAND

Court overturns firing of PSC

Maryland's highest court struck down the legislature's attempt to fire the members of the Public Service Commission, calling it a usurping of the gubernatorial power. The decision left in limbo the $11 billion merger of Baltimore Gas and Electric Co.'s parent company and a Florida utility. pg 1a

School system violates contract

The city school system has violated the terms of a contract with a charter school guaranteeing free utilities and maintenance through June 2008, documents show, a move that could leave the school and possibly others unable to pay all its staff. pg 1b

BUSINESS

DOW -- DOWN

- 15.93

11,527.39

NASDAQ -- UP

+ 1.06

2,228.73

S&P -- DOWN

- 1.79

1,316.28

SUN INDEX -- UP

+ 0.02

333.67

Martin plant almost sold, again

The historic Martin aircraft manufacturing plant in Middle River was nearly sold yesterday - again. But less than four minutes before the deadline for bids in an online auction, a rival bidder upped the ante. This has been going on more than a month. pg 1e

Hospital adds A. Palmer name

Union Memorial Hospital is naming its sports medicine program after golfing great Arnold Palmer. The hospital hopes the name will attract patients, but other such partnerships have not worked. pg 1e

SPORTS

Red Sox rally to beat O's

Orioles closer Chris Ray gave up a game-tying single to Mark Loretta with one out in the eighth inning, and Rodrigo Lopez allowed the go-ahead single to Mark Loretta in the ninth as the Boston Red Sox rallied for a 6-5 victory at Camden Yards. pg 1f

TODAY

Grandeur of `The Black Dahlia'

Despite problems with the script, director Brian De Palma imbues the film The Black Dahlia with an obsessive grandeur. pg 1c

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"It's been a long time since layaway has represented a significant portion of anyone's sales."

George Whalin, CEO of Retail Management Consultants, on the demise of a part of the shopping experience

Article, PG 1a

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