Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

February 06, 2007

NATIONAL

Bush offers $2.9 trillion budget

President Bush, seeking $245 billion more for the nation's two wars, proposed a $2.9 trillion federal budget for 2008 yesterday that would significantly increase defense spending while restraining other areas of the government. pg 1a

Giuliani closer to bid

Rudolph W. Giuliani, the former New York mayor whose popularity soared after his response to the Sept. 11 attacks, moved closer yesterday to a full-fledged campaign for the Republican presidential nomination. pg 3a

MARYLAND

Bill targets credit reports

Maryland lawmakers are developing a bill that would allow state residents to block access to their credit reports, a tool that consumer advocates say is needed to protect against identity theft. pg 1a

City rowhouse battle ends

Baltimore Heritage has dropped its fierce battle to save a row of historic downtown houses, clearing the way for Mercy Medical Center's $292 million expansion. pg 1a

SPORTS

Ex-Oriole Barber dies

Steve Barber, who in 1963 became the the first pitcher in modern Orioles history to win 20 games in a season, died Sunday in Nevada of complications from pneumonia. He was 67. pg 3D

BUSINESS

DOW -- UP

+8.25

12,661.74

NASDAQ -- DOWN

-5.28

2,470.60

S&P -- DOWN

-1.40

1,446.99

SUN INDEX -- DOWN

-1.36

370.69

Verizon, Balto. Co. strike deal

Verizon Communications Inc. has reached a deal with Baltimore County officials that for the first time would give county residents a choice of cable television providers. pg 1c

WORLD

Hamas, Fatah to meet today

Leaders of rival Palestinian groups Fatah and Hamas will meet today in a new venue, but they confront the same obstacles to a power-sharing arrangement that have torpedoed past talks. pg 9a

Oil magnate faces new charges

New charges filed against Russian oil magnate Mikhail Khodorkovsky make it unlikely that the prominent political enemy of President Vladimir V. Putin will be released from prison before Russia's 2008 presidential election. pg 9a

TODAY

Senator Theatre to be sold

The Senator Theatre, one of the last of the nation's once-numerous Art Deco movie palaces and the only one still showing films in Baltimore, is to be sold at a foreclosure auction Feb. 21. pg 1a

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