Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

March 02, 2007

MARYLAND

Proposal to remake Pratt Street

Baltimore development officials yesterday endorsed a vision for remaking Pratt Street with sparkling fountains, brilliantly designed restaurants and landscaped walkways. The proposal, selected from a group of entries, also suggests a trolley and numerous other changes to the main artery along Baltimore's Inner Harbor. pg 1A

NATIONAL

Stroms leave at least 8 dead

A storm system that stretched nearly 1,000 miles from the Midwest to the Southeast yesterday killed at least eight people in two states. pg 1A

Bush says times getting better

President Bush acknowledged that the federal government hasn't moved fast enough to help residents recover from Hurricane Katrina, but he said, times are changing for the better. pg 3A

WORLD

U.S. is set back in Iraq

Getting full-time electric power turned on in Baghdad, a key wartime goal toward which the United States has spent $4.2 billion dollars, wont be accomplished until the year 2013, U.S. officials said, in what others called a significant setback for the new U.S. initiatives to quell Iraq's bloody insurgency. pg 8A

Doubts on intelligence arise

New doubts are arising about the accuracy of U.S. intelligence on the nuclear programs in North Korea and Iran, only a few years after faulty warnings about weapons of mass destruction helped President Bush justify the invasion of Iraq. pg 10A

BUSINESS

DOW -- DOWN

-34.29

12,234.34

NASDAQ -- DOWN

-11.94

2,404.21

S&P -- DOWN

-3.65

1,403.17

SUN INDEX -- DOWN

-1.83

366.85

Giving new name to old plant

John H. Macsherry Jr., vice president of development and leasing at Duke Realty Corp., which bought the old GM plant a year ago, wants residents and groups in East Baltimore and Dundalk to supply a name befitting the sites brighter future. pg 1E

SPORTS

Orioles lose exhibition opener

Starting pitcher Steve Trachsel struggled while allowing three runs in one inning in the Orioles' 8-6 loss to the Florida Marlins in their exhibition opener in Jupiter, Fla. pg 1f

TODAY

`Black Snake' director shines

The writer-director of Hustle & Flow, a portrait of an artist as a pimp, goes farther out on a limb in Black Snake Moan, then saws it off behind him and does an exhilarating dance in midair, Sun movie critic Michael Sragow writes. pg 1C

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