Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

February 17, 2007

NATIONAL

House passes Iraq resolution

In the first official step by Congress to criticize President Bush's conduct of the war in Iraq, the House of Representatives approved a nonbinding resolution yesterday disapproving of his plan to send more U.S. troops to Baghdad. pg 1A

MARYLAND

Teacher faces sex charges

A 27-year-old, female teacher in Columbia this week become the third Howard County teacher since January to be charged with multiple sex offenses involving a minor. Police allege she had a pair of sexual encounters with a 15-year-old boy two years ago. Police said they began to investigate on Monday after the boy divulged the encounters to his therapist, who was legally required to tell authorities. The teacher was later released on $75,000 bond Thursday and remains on paid administrative leave from her job. pg 1B

WORLD

Violence mars Carnival's start

The Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro entered its famously joyous Carnival weekend yesterday as a surge of violence has raised questions about the effectiveness of police and troops drafted to curb the mayhem. The killings of a samba kingpin and a 6-year-old boy, coming amid a homicidal spate of drug violence, have shaken the city's confidence. pg 11A

Rice in Israel for peace talks

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice arrives in Jerusalem today for peace talks aimed at jump-starting the Bush administration's long-dormant efforts toward creating a Palestinian state alongside Israel. pg 10A

SPORTS

Mickelson, Harrington lead way

Phil Mickelson and Padraig Harrington shared the lead after the second round of the PGA Nissan Open in Los Angeles. Mickelson shot a 6-under-par 65 and Harrington had a 68. They were at 11-under 131, three shots clear of Charles Howell III. pg 4c

TODAY

Winter weather options

If skiing and snowboarding aren't your thing, try sliding down the slopes in a snow tube. pg 1D

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