Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

January 21, 2007

MARYLAND

Easing out PSC members

After a year in which the General Assembly tried to fire members of the Public Service Commission over its handling of skyrocketing electricity rates, legislative leaders are still seeking the ouster of one or more panel members but now say they want an amicable parting. pg 1b

WORLD

Troops ill-equipped for Iraq

After nearly four years of war in Iraq, the Pentagon's effort to protect its troops against roadside bombs is in disarray, with soldiers and Marines having to swap access to scarce armored vehicles and the military unsure whether it has the money or industrial capacity to produce the safe vehicles it says the troops need. pg 1a

Mexico hands over drug lords

Breaking with long-standing practice, Mexico extradited four major drug traffickers to the United States late Friday and sent a signal that the country's newly elected president, Felipe Calderon, is serious about cooperating with his northern neighbor to dismantle cartels. pg 17a

NATIONAL

Clinton declares candidacy

New York Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton made it official yesterday, launching her bid for the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination and a chance to return to the White House as the nation's first female president. pg 1a

Firing blanks in germ warfare

Awash in antimicrobial soaps and wipes, Americans these days seem to be fending off germs at every turn. Yet scientists contend that the introduction of the hundreds of antimicrobial products has had no discernible impact on the rates of infectious disease in the United States. pg 4a

BUSINESS

Backlog of vacant homes grows

An unprecedented number of unoccupied homes for sale are piling up, creating unexpected headaches for homeowners. Those with little or no equity in their homes face a tough choice of accepting a loss or taking a risk that eventually a buyer will meet their price. Others are straining to pay two mortgages or renting while they try to sell their old home. pg 1a

SPORTS

Mauresmo suffers upset

Defending champion and second-seeded Amelie Mauresmo tumbles out of the Australian Open, falling 6-4, 6-3 to unseeded Lucie Safarova. pg 11d

MODERN LIFE

Fairy dust for the face

Cosmeceuticals - skin products with medical-sounding ingredients -now account for more sales than all other basic skin-care products, and what's new is that many dermatologists are aggressively selling them in their offices. pg 1n

TRAVEL

A colorful road to Morocco

From the pueblos blancos (white villages) that still show their Moorish origins to the open-air markets of Tangier and Marrakech, a tour of Spain and Morocco makes a memorable adventure. pg 1r

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