Sun Nes Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

March 16, 2007

MARYLAND

Death penalty repeal fails

Efforts to repeal the death penalty in Maryland were dealt an apparently fatal blow yesterday when a key state Senate committee defeated the measure, leaving a court-ordered moratorium on state executions in place and some legislators weighing a study of the issue. pg 1A

National Guard report released

The Maryland Army National Guard had a cutthroat culture in the Recruiting and Retention Battalion where military discipline and bearing took "a back seat to selling" military service on recruits, according to an investigative report released yesterday. pg 1B

NATIONAL

Senate rejects withdrawal

The Senate rejected yesterday a Democratic resolution to withdraw most U.S. combat troops from Iraq in 2008, but a similar measure advanced in the House, and Democratic leaders vowed to keep challenging President Bush to change course in Iraq. The vote in the Senate was 50 against and 48 in favor, 12 short of what was needed to pass. pg 3A

E-mails shed light on firings

Presidential adviser Karl Rove and then-incoming Attorney General Alberto Gonzales knew of a White House proposal to dismiss all 93 U.S. attorneys in January 2005, according to government e-mails that shed new light on the Justice Department's firings last year of eight of the federal prosecutors. pg 2A

WORLD

Man admits killing reporter

Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the suspected planner of the Sept. 11 attacks, admitted during a military tribunal last weekend that he personally killed Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl, according to a revised transcript of the hearing that confirmed long-held suspicions about his role in the slaying. pg 14A

Rebels kill 54 in India

Communist rebels besieged a police outpost in eastern India yesterday, killing 54 people and wounding nearly a dozen more before fleeing into the surrounding jungle under cover of darkness. pg 20A

SPORTS

Terps open tourney with win

Maryland defeated Davidson, 82-70, and advanced to the second round of the NCAA men's basketball tournament. The Terps will play tomorrow against Butler, which beat Old Dominion. pg 1F

BUSINESS

DOW -- UP

+26.28

12,159.68

NASDAQ -- UP

+6.96

2,378.70

S&P -- UP

+5.11

1,392.28

SUN INDEX -- UP

+2.97

364.71

Dealing with canine company

Nobody knows who it was, but someone definitely ratted out Duke the dog at One-Eyed Mike's, a Fells Point restaurant and bar. The city health department balked and forced Duke out. And even though Maryland law and most states make it illegal to have dogs in restaurants and other establishments, businesses across the country are sometimes allowing it at their own risk. pg 1A

PHH Arval sold to GE firm

PHH Arval, the auto fleet management business founded in Baltimore more than 60 years ago, will become part of GE Capital Solutions, the leasing, financing and asset management unit of General Electric Co. It will buy PHH Corp. for $1.8 billion. pg 1E

TODAY

Rock's bold performance

A volcanic Viagra joke comes out of nowhere in the middle of the new Chris Rock comedy, I Think I Love My Wife, and burns the rest of the movie to a crisp. It highlights Rock at his bold and incendiary best, but the problem is, Rock plays a thirtysomething man who doesn't really need Viagra. pg 1C

The movie that never ends

When you've got a tidy little thriller, it helps to have a tidy little ending. Or any ending at all. Premonition, starring Sandra Bullock, has no such thing. pg 1C

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