Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

March 05, 2007

NATIONAL

Obama, Clinton stop in Selma

The Democratic Party's two top presidential candidates came to Selma, Ala., a landmark of the civil rights movement, yesterday seeking to draw African-Americans to their side with promises of uniting the nation and closing gaps of disparity they said have widened under Republican leadership. pg 1A

Walter Reed attacks persist

Congressional Democrats kept up their attacks yesterday on substandard care for injured soldiers at Walter Reed Army Medical Center as they prepared for hearings on the issue this week. pg 3A

MARYLAND

NAACP president to step down

NAACP President and CEO Bruce S. Gordon said yesterday he is resigning, less than three years after taking over the helm. NAACP Chairman Julian Bond said that General Counsel Dennis C. Hayes will lead the organization in the interim. pg 1A

Ground rent bills challenged

Ground rent owners and some legal scholars contend that a number of proposed bills to change the state's ground rent system are unconstitutional. They have focused their criticism in Annapolis on measures that would wipe out ground rents if owners don't list them in a public registry within three years and forbid rent owners from seizing people's homes because of unpaid ground rent. pg 1B

Circuit Court duties shifted

Starting today, the Circuit Court will shift the way it processes criminal cases by shuffling the duties of the 10 criminal judges. Two judges will now spend their day sifting through court pleadings, leaving the rest to focus exclusively on trials. pg 3B

WORLD

U.S., Iraqi troops hit Sadr City

U.S. and Iraqi troops poured into Baghdad's main Shiite militia stronghold Sunday, encountering no resistance in the one-time Sadr City combat zones but testing the Shiites' commitment to the U.S.-promoted campaign to drive militants from the capital. pg 6A

Bombing spurs firefight

A suicide bombing aimed at an American military convoy triggered a chaotic round of gunfire on a busy highway in eastern Afghanistan yesterday, leaving up to 10 Afghan civilians dead and three dozen wounded, officials said. pg 6A

SPORTS

Mora leads O's over Mets

Third baseman Melvin Mora went 2-for-3 with four RBIs, including a bases-clearing double, as the Orioles defeated the New York Mets, 6-3, at Fort Lauderdale Stadium. Shortstop Miguel Tejada and outfielder Val Majewski got the other RBIs for the Orioles. pg 3D

PGA playoff to continue

Boo Weekley, Camilo Villegas, Mark Wilson and Jose Coceres are in a PGA Honda Classic four-man playoff that will continue this morning. It was suspended by darkness after one playoff hole last night. pg 4D

TODAY

A librarian's novel approach

Washington County librarian Mary Baykan was chosen in January as the 2006 national Librarian of the Year by Library Journal, the industry's top trade publication. The honor came not just for her work in transforming the Washington County system, but also for library appropriations bills she helped shepherd through the General Assembly. pg 1C

An earful of technology

Tiny Bluetooth cell phones can make the uninitiated feel out-of-touch. The popular in-ear technology takes us one step closer to around-the-clock instantaneous communication that might drive us all crazy, columnist Kevin Cowherd says. pg 1C

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