Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

February 08, 2007

WORLD

Iraq dangerous for helicopters

Iraq is becoming increasingly dangerous for the hundreds of U.S. military helicopters flying missions there. Five helicopters have gone down in Iraq in three weeks. pg 1a

NATIONAL

FDA approves weight-loss drug

The Food and Drug Administration approved the first officially sanctioned weight-loss drug to be sold without a prescription. pg 6a

MARYLAND

Medical coverage for uninsured

Maryland House of Delegates leaders unveiled yesterday a $600 million proposal that would extend medical coverage to nearly 250,000 uninsured residents. The plan aims to provide coverage for every child in the state by expanding Medicaid. pg 1a

City checks residents on heat

City housing department employees hit the streets yesterday to check on Park Heights residents who might be without heat or electricity. About 800 city residents potentially have no heat and electricity or face a turn-off, BGE said. pg 1b

SPORTS

Former NBA player comes out

Former NBA center John Amaechi, who spent five seasons with four teams, became the first NBA player to publicly acknowledge he is gay. pg 5d

BUSINESS

DOW -- UP

+ 0.56

12,666.87

NASDAQ -- UP

+ 19.01

2,490.50

S&P -- UP

+ 2.02

1,450.02

SUN INDEX -- UP

+ 0.99

373.36

$1.9 billion in city projects

Development projects under way last year in downtown Baltimore totaled nearly $1.9 billion, more than the area has seen for years, according to a report scheduled for release today. About $1.6 billion worth is under construction, the report said. pg 1a

Hopkins backup tapes missing

Johns Hopkins began notifying thousands of university employees and hospital patients yesterday that backup computer tapes containing personal information about them - some of it sensitive - have been missing for seven weeks. pg 1a

TODAY

Surprise during Fashion Week

Designers at New York Fashion Week are surprising industry watchers by introducing fall collections that people can actually wear. pg 1c

Puns from media on astronaut

The media left no pun unturned as they reported on a jealous astronaut who was arrested and charged with attempted murder of a rival. pg 1c

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