Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

February 20, 2007

NATIONAL

Spy chief to be sworn in

President Bush will swear in the country's second national spy chief today, handing Mike McConnell an unfinished experiment in intelligence reform as wartime intelligence becomes the focus of increasing scrutiny on Capitol Hill. pg 1A

Civil unions granted in N.J.

Hundreds of gay couples were granted the same legal rights, if not the title, as married couples as New Jersey became the third state to offer civil unions. pg 3A

MARYLAND

HCC president to leave in June

After nearly nine years as president of Howard Community College - a tenure marked by significant growth in student population and fundraising - Mary Ellen Duncan announced yesterday that she will step down in June. HCC administrator Kate Hetherington has been named her successor. pg 1B

Gunman dies in fiery standoff

A 29-year-old gunman, identified by police as James C. Douglas of Frederick, was believed to have died yesterday in a fire that broke out in a liquor store during his standoff with police. The gunman had talked with police before the fire broke out and spread to eight other businesses in Frederick. pg 1B

SPORTS

Ryan to remain with Ravens

The San Diego Chargers hired Norv Turner as head coach, which means that Rex Ryan, who was a serious contender for the position, will remain the Ravens' defensive coordinator next season. pg 1E

BUSINESS

Airline passengers speak up

When JetBlue Airways stranded passengers on planes on snowy New York runways Wednesday for more than 10 hours, it may have triggered a tipping point in the industry as a growing number of passengers say they aren't going to accept poor treatment any more. And some are demanding rights backed up with the force of law. pg 1A

Sirius buys radio rival, XM

Sirius Satellite Radio Inc., the second-largest U.S. pay radio service, agreed yesterday to buy its larger rival XM Satellite Radio Holdings Inc. for $4.57 billion in stock, combining the only two competitors in the industry. pg 1D

WORLD

2 dead, 17 hurt in Iraq attack

Insurgents launched a fiery raid on a recently opened U.S. outpost north of Baghdad, killing two U.S. soldiers and injuring 17 in a possible foreshadowing of attacks to come as a neighborhood-based Baghdad security plan takes shape. pg 8A

No gay bishops, Anglicans say

Anglican leaders demanded that the U.S. Episcopal Church unequivocally bar official prayers for gay couples and stop consecrating any more gay bishops to undo the damage North Americans have caused the Anglican family. pg 9A

TODAY

Bars use mobile advertising

Bartenders use text messaging to invite their patrons over for a drink. pg 1C

A deep look at world of hip-hop

WETA tonight airs a new documentary that takes a penetrating look at hip-hop culture. pg 1C

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