Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

February 12, 2007

NATIONAL

Harvard picks female president

Drew Gilpin Faust, 59, yesterday became the first woman appointed president of Harvard since the university's founding in 1636. pg 3A

Americans split on change

With a dollar coin paying tribute to American presidents set to go into general circulation Thursday, a poll found that three-fourths of people surveyed oppose replacing the dollar bill with a dollar coin. People are split evenly on the idea of having both a dollar bill and a dollar coin. pg 3A

MARYLAND

Stats program goes statewide

StateStat - a variation of the acclaimed statistics-based government management program that Gov. Martin O'Malley developed while mayor - is coming with him to Annapolis, and with it, the sort of biweekly meetings that subjected Baltimore officials to stiff questioning about everything from rising overtime pay to unfilled potholes. pg 1A

Balto. Co. wants investigator

Faced with a rise in allegations of misconduct against teachers and other Baltimore County school system employees, the district's superintendent wants to hire an additional investigator to help conduct background checks and speed up internal investigations. pg 1B

TODAY

Confusion on the red carpet

From long elegant gowns to T-shirts and mouth grills, many of today's most promising pop music stars arrived at the 49th annual Grammy Awards in ensembles that were as disparate and confusing as many of this year's nominations. pg 1C

WORLD

U.S. ties weapons to Iran

U.S. defense and intelligence officials, seeking to lend credibility to allegations that Iran is providing weapons to Shiite militants in Iraq, displayed yesterday munitions and fragments of weapons that they said constituted solid evidence that Tehran was contributing to Iraq's violence. They also alleged that a group under the command of Iran's supreme leader was behind the smuggling of the weaponry across the Iran-Iraq border. pg 6A

N. Korea talks near collapse

Negotiations on a step-by-step deal that the Bush administration hopes will lead North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons program appeared near collapse yesterday over North Korea's demands for huge shipments of fuel oil and electricity before agreeing to a schedule for turning over its nuclear weapons and fuel. pg 6A

SPORTS

Terps topple Duke, 72-60

The Maryland men's basketball team played with urgency and pulled together for a convincing 72-60 win against 16th-ranked Duke. It was the Blue Devils' most lopsided loss in 145 games. pg 1D

Mickelson wins at Pebble Beach

Phil Mickelson closed with a 6-under-par 66 to finish at 20-under and tie the tournament record at the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. He won by five shots for the 30th victory of his career. He matched the largest margin of victory at this tournament, winning by five shots over Kevin Sutherland. pg 4D

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