Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

March 29, 2007

NATIONAL

Showdown in Congress

With the Senate preparing to vote this week to curb President Bush's ability to conduct the war in Iraq, the White House and Congress are careening toward their biggest policy confrontation in more than a decade. pg 3a

WORLD

Britain halts contacts with Iran

Britain froze all government contacts yesterday with Iran as the Islamic republic came under intense international and domestic pressure to release 15 British sailors captured in the northern Persian Gulf. pg 12a

MARYLAND

Restaurant owner sentenced

The principal owner of Kawasaki restaurants in Baltimore received a 5-month prison sentence yesterday for knowingly hiring illegal workers, a relatively heavy penalty won by prosecutors as part of a national effort to dissuade employers from violating federal immigration law. In addition to the prison term, Tzu Ming Yang must spend three years on probation after his release, including five months on home detention. pg 1b

SPORTS

O's option Stern to Norfolk

The Orioles optioned outfielder Adam Stern to Triple-A Norfolk after a 5-1 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals, removing him from the competition for the final roster spot. The team still has not announced whether it will keep four reserves or 13 pitchers. pg 1c

Circuit City reduces staff

The announcement yesterday by Circuit City that it terminated 7 percent of its higher-paid hourly work force and will replace it with inexperienced workers who earn less is the latest example of how difficult it is becoming to make retail sales a career, some industry consultants said. pg 1e

TODAY

Dance troupe to stop in city

For the first time since 1990, the innovative dance troupe Pilobolus is coming to Baltimore. Saturday's program features a preview of a new work called B'zyrk, which officially debuts in New Hampshire on Wednesday. pg 1c

Ticketholders may get refund

The court-appointed bankruptcy trustee and the lawyer representing Baci Management Inc. - the company that stranded hundreds of patrons when shows failed to arrive at the Lyric House Opera - offered ticketholders a degree of hope yesterday. pg 1c

BUSINESS

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