Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

March 12, 2007

NATIONAL

Medicaid rule shuts out citizens

A new federal rule intended to keep illegal immigrants from receiving Medicaid has instead shut out tens of thousands of U.S. citizens who have had difficulty complying with requirements to show proof-of-citizenship documents, state officials say. pg 1a

Halliburton moving to Dubai

Oil services giant Halliburton Co. will soon shift its corporate headquarters from Houston to the Mideast financial powerhouse of Dubai, chief executive Dave Lesar announced yesterday pg 3a

MARYLAND

Bill targets campaign loans

During 2006, 144 contributors lent $2.26 million to candidates for state and county offices, a trend that some say raises questions about these lenders' influence. A Mongomery County delegate has introduced a bill that would change the law he says allows candidates to skirt finance limits. pg 1a

Central Booking makes changes

Central Booking is touting what Warden Mitchell J. Franks describes as small but critical improvements in the complicated booking process that have helped officials avoid major problems for nearly a year. pg 1b

WORLD

Sunni militants burn homes

Sunni militants burned homes northeast of Baghdad over the weekend, forcing dozens of families to flee and raising the specter of a new intimidation tactic in Iraq's evolving conflict, Iraqi officials and witnesses said. pg 8A

Bush encourages Colombia

President Bush was in Colombia, a focal point of the war on drugs, to pledge support for his closest South American ally, President Alvaro Uribe, as leftist leaders in the region seek to counter U.S. influence. Bush also came to highlight signs of progress in the Colombian capital, where no American president has visited in more than two decades. pg 9a

TODAY

Better hold on to your seats

A new FX series, The Riches, follows the picaresque lives of the Malloy clan, a family of Gypsy Travellers working its cons in the backwaters of Louisiana. pg 1c

Still tragic after all these years

Claudio Monteverdi's masterwork of ancient myth, The Return of Ulysses to His Homeland, received an imaginative production by Opera Vivente that shows how well the opera holds up 400 years after its premier. pg 1c

SPORTS

Terps get 4th seed in Midwest

The Maryland men's basketball team was named a No. 4 seed in the Midwest Region of the NCAA tournament and will play Davidson on Thursday in Buffalo, N.Y. If the Terps win that game, they would meet the winner of the Butler-Old Dominion game Saturday. pg 1d

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