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SUN NEWS DIGEST

February 15, 2007

More help in counterterrorism

Reversing course, the Department of Homeland Security announced it would allow state and local officials to participate in a new counterterrorism unit designed to share information about possible terrorist threats. pg 1a

Bush defends stance on troops

President Bush delivered a staunch defense of his decision to send more troops to Iraq and dismissed congressional opposition to the surge. pg 11a

WORLD

Marines to replace Humvees

Marines in heavily armored Humvees are being killed by powerful roadside bombs at such a rate that the Marine Corps intends to replace all its Humvees in Iraq with specialized blast-resistant armored vehicles, senior Marine officers say. pg 1a

MARYLAND

Snow leaves region in a mess

Just 1.3 inches of snow and a half-inch of ice fell yesterday in the worst winter storm to hit Central Maryland this year, according to the National Weather Service. But the aftermath - including power outages, school closings, flight cancellations and delays, and the inevitable fender-benders - was the real story. pg 1b

Schools, police may join forces

The city's schools police force might merge with the Baltimore department under a plan favored by Mayor Sheila Dixon to curtail crime by focusing on problem juveniles and an upsurge in gang activity. pg 1b

TODAY

Singing the praises of freedom

Local churches will join thousands in singing Amazing Grace this weekend, commemorating the 200th anniversary of Britain's abolition of the slave trade. pg 1c

Teen leaps toward his dream

Brett Lockley, a 16-year-old student at Carver Center for the Arts & Technology, takes a step toward fulfilling his dream of being a choreographer with a performance this weekend with his friends. pg 1c

SPORTS

Driver Waltrip's team punished

Michael Waltrip's crew chief and team director were thrown out of the Daytona 500 and suspended indefinitely because an illegal substance was found in the engine during a car inspection for Sunday's season-opening NASCAR race. PG 1d

Chrysler announces layoffs

Chrysler announced yesterday it would lay off 13,000 employees and idle the Newark, Del., assembly plant that produces the truck-based Aspen and its Dodge counterpart, the Durango, by 2009. About a quarter of the plant's 2,100 employees commute to Newark from Maryland. pg 1a

UB names new law dean

The next dean of the University of Baltimore law school will be Phillip J. Closius, a former law dean at the University of Toledo, officials said yesterday. A formal announcement was expected today. Closius will start his new job July 4. pg 1e

State Farm halts Miss. sales

Fresh from a $1 million loss in a post-Katrina lawsuit, State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Co., the nation's largest home and auto insurer, said yesterday that it will stop selling homeowners policies in Mississippi as legal disputes over hurricane claims linger. pg 1e

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