Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

February 07, 2007

MARYLAND

Astronaut faces charges

An astronaut who grew up in Rockville, graduated from the Naval Academy and last summer flew on the space shuttle Discovery was charged with the attempted murder of a woman she believed to be the rival love interest of a space shuttle pilot. pg 1a

Md. weighs terrapin ban

Maryland is considering a ban on the capture of diamondback terrapin after watermen reported trapping more than 10,000 of the rare turtles last year, a twentyfold increase from the year before. pg 1a

NATIONAL

Seven U.S. prosecutors fired

The Bush administration has fired seven federal prosecutors in recent weeks, saying they have performance and management problems. But Democrats say the U.S. attorneys are being removed for political reasons. pg 3a

Haggard now `heterosexual'

Forced by a gay sex scandal to resign as president of the National Association of Evangelicals, the Rev. Ted Haggard now feels that after three weeks of intensive counseling, he is "completely heterosexual," says an overseer of the megachurch that Haggard once led. pg 10a

WORLD

Iraq resolution possible

House Democrats threatened to take up a resolution next week to oppose President Bush's controversial troop buildup in Iraq, cranking up the pressure on Republicans who have blocked a vote on the measure in the Senate. pg 15a

7 killed in Acapulco attack

Gunmen disguised as soldiers attacked two police stations and killed seven people in the resort city of Acapulco, apparently videotaping the killings as they carried them out, according to police and news reports. pg 15a

TODAY

Theaters fight to stay alive

For many independent movie theaters - including the Senator in Baltimore - survival is a constant struggle. pg 1e

The BSO jazzes it up

Audiences at the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall will be treated this week to a gumbo of musical styles when the Preservation Hall Jazz Band teams up with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. pg 1e

BUSINESS

DOW -- UP

+4.57

12,666.31

NASDAQ -- UP

+0.89

2,471.49

S&P -- UP

+1.01

1,448.00

SUN INDEX -- UP

+1.68

372.37

Legislation targets insurers

Allstate Corp. and other insurers could be forced to write homeowner policies throughout Maryland, including coastal areas where some companies have pulled out, under legislation being drafted in the General Assembly. pg 1d

Mercantile dividend may be last

Mercantile Bankshares Corp.'s 147th consecutive quarterly dividend will likely be its last as it prepares for shareholders to vote on a $6 billion merger with Pittsburgh-based PNC Financial Services Group this month. pg 1d

SPORTS

No. 1 Towson Catholic prevails

The No. 1-ranked Towson Catholic boys basketball team beat No. 2 Mount St. Joseph, 64-59, yesterday to clinch first place in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference and the Catholic League. pg 7c

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