Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

March 23, 2007

NATIONAL

Edwards' wife's cancer returns

The 2008 presidential campaign took a dramatic turn as former Sen. John Edwards announced that his wife Elizabeth's cancer had returned - but they had decided to continue his quest for the Democratic nomination. pg 1a

Number of deserters adjusted

There were 3,196 active-duty soldiers who deserted the Army last year, 853 more than previously reported, according to revised figures from the Army. pg 4a

MARYLAND

O'Malley signs ground rent ban

Gov. Martin OMalley signed into law yesterday a ban on new ground rents in Maryland, while the General Assembly worked to pass a package of bills that would phase out existing ground rents and ensure that the system could no longer be used to seize houses from their owners. pg 1a

Fish hatcheries fight disease

State officials have begun an aggressive program of trying to contain a disease found in trout at three hatcheries in Garrett County - caused by a deadly parasite that deforms fishes' spines and has them swimming in circles, known as "whirling disease. pg 1a

SPORTS

Ky.'s Smith headed to Minn.

Kentucky's Tubby Smith will be the University of Minnesota's new basketball coach. Smith, a Southern Maryland native, will be introduced as the Golden Gophers' new coach today. pg 10f

BUSINESS

DOW -- UP

+13.62

12,461.14

NASDAQ -- DOWN

-4.18

2,451.74

S&P -- DOWN

-0.50

1,434.54

SUN INDEX -- DOWN

-0.03

358.62

Hopkins, Arundel hospital allies

Johns Hopkins Medicine and Anne Arundel Medical Center have announced they've formed an alliance, giving the Annapolis hospital access to Hopkins' programs and providing the urban hospital with access to more suburban patients. pg 1e

Giant Food to cut staff

Giant food plans to cut staff and do away with the seafood counters at about 50 of its outlets in the region. Replacing them will be freezers with pre-packaged seafood. At some other stores, floral departments will be self-serve. pg 1e

WORLD

3 arrested in London bombing

Three men were arrested in connection with the July 2005 explosions on the London transit system that marked suicide terrorism's deadly debut in Western Europe. pg 12a

Near-miss for U.N. chief

A mortar shell narrowly missed a building in Baghdad's Green Zone where U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon was appearing on live television with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki. pg 12a

TODAY

Every breath you take

Rock legends The Police will perform at this year's Virgin Festival at Pimlico Race Course, along with the Beastie Boys and Smashing Pumpkins. The festival returns Aug. 4-5. pg 1c

Portrait of a sniper

Director Antoine Fuqua and star Mark Wahlberg paint a portrait of the sniper as a quiet man in the thriller Shooter, says critic Michael Sragow. pg 1c

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