Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

March 08, 2007

WORLD

Mourning attack victims in Iraq

Marching under blood-spattered banners, mourners carried coffins through streets still littered with pieces of flesh and debris, as the death toll from three consecutive days of attacks on Shiite Muslim pilgrims in Iraq climbed to 188. pg 11a

Elected House of Lords backed

The House of Commons in Britain took a historic step yesterday to endorse a fully elected House of Lords, a move that could eventually end the status of Parliament's upper house as a seat of privilege and patronage. pg 12a

MARYLAND

City to raise water, sewer rates

Baltimore officials are planning to increase sewer and water rates by 9 percent annually for each of the next three years, as they seek to pay for repairs to the region's aging sewer system. Some of the increases will also be passed along to residents in surrounding counties who rely on city water. pg 1a

Sports museum due city aid

The Board of Estimates agreed yesterday to transfer $125,000 intended for renovations to the Babe Ruth Birthplace and Museum into an operating grant -- helping the foundation that runs the museum and Sports Legends at Camden Yards. The foundation projects a $600,000 operating deficit this year. pg 1a

SPORTS

Setback for O's Benson

Orioles pitcher Kris Benson is experiencing soreness in his shoulder during his spring training rehabilitation program, a setback that could push the right-hander toward season-ending surgery. pg 3d

BUSINESS

DOW -- DOWN

-15.14

12,192.45

NASDAQ -- DOWN

-10.50

2,374.64

S&P -- DOWN

- 3.44

1,391.97

SUN INDEX -- DOWN

- 0.67

362.93

Flour mill returning to basics

The Washington Quality Foods flour mill in Oella, Maryland's last commercial mill, is going back to the basic task of turning wheat and corn into flour and meal -- and laying off about 60 workers. pg 1e

BWI-Marshall goes wireless

Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport said it has joined most other major airports in offering wireless Internet service. pg 1e

NATIONAL

Ga. man claims half of jackpot

A Georgia truck driver stepped forward yesterday to claim half of a $390 million jackpot, the richest lottery prize in U.S. history. pg 3a

TODAY

HBO movies stand above

HBO's Life Support, about AIDS in the African-American community, is the kind of film that separates HBO from the rest of commercial television. pg 1c

Cavemen have others to thank

The three cavemen in the Geico TV ads, who are to star in an ABC comedy pilot, aren't the first of their kind in prehistoric pop culture. pg 1c

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