Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

February 22, 2007

WORLD

Impact of British withdrawal

Britain's decision to pull 1,600 troops out of Iraq by spring, promoted by U.S. and British leaders as a turning point in Iraqi sovereignty, was seen as an admission that the British military can no longer sustain wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. pg 1a

Insurgents target Iraqi civilians

For the second time in two days, suspected Sunni Arab insurgents in Iraq targeted civilians with a crude chemical weapon: a bomb attached to chlorine gas canisters that killed two people, sickened 25 and injured eight others. pg 10a

NATIONAL

Character attack on Clintons

Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's campaign team was confronted with the kind of attack that most infuriates them: one questioning the character of Clinton and her husband. To make matters worse, it came from David Geffen, the Hollywood producer who was once a big supporter of the Clintons. pg 3a

MARYLAND

Fire-training issues upset mayor

Mayor Sheila Dixon said yesterday that she is "disturbed" and "upset" by reports that fire commanders ignored safety standards in a training exercise in which a recruit died, and she plans to announce changes in the department as early as today. pg 1a

Stadium authority gets scolding

State auditors scolded the Maryland Stadium Authority yesterday on a variety of management issues - including payment of $42,000 for less than an hour of consulting services to a former executive director who left under an ethical cloud. pg 1b

BUSINESS

DOW -- DOWN

- 48.23

12,738.41

NASDAQ -- UP

+ 5.38

2,518.42

S&P -- DOWN

- 2.05

1,457.63

SUN INDEX -- DOWN

- 0.32

376.96

Ruling disappoints Mittal Steel

Mittal Steel's chief financial officer said yesterday that company officials feel "the same disappointment and anguish" as steelworkers and state officials over being forced to sell the Sparrows Point mill for antitrust reasons. pg 1d

Laureate buyout plan criticized

A major shareholder of Laureate Inc. criticized a $3.8 billion buyout proposal led by the Baltimore education company's chief executive, saying the price was too low, and that the deal process was tainted by conflicts of interest. pg 1d

SPORTS

Billick gets four-year deal

A month after announcing a contract extension for Brian Billick, the Ravens confirmed that they have given their coach a new four-year contract. pg 1c

TODAY

Bidding at the Dime Museum

Step right up and place your bids on strange items from the defunct American Dime Museum. pg 1e

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