Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

April 09, 2007

NATIONAL

Gonzales urged to resign

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich is urging Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales to resign, saying the self-created mess over the firings of eight U.S. attorneys last year has hampered Gonzales' ability to do his job. pg 3a

Levin backs war funding

The Senate will not stop paying for the Iraq war or relent from insisting that President Bush keep pressing the Baghdad government for a negotiated end to the violence, says Michigan Sen. Carl Levin, the Senate Armed Service Committee chairman. pg 3a

MARYLAND

Broadway restoration planned

A Fells Point tavern owner spearheads an ambitious effort to revive lagging historic Broadway Market with new stalls selling produce, meat and high-end takeout foods. "Were hoping to get people really proud of the market again," said Michael Maraziti, the owner of One-Eyed Mikes. pg 1b

Budget filled with errors

The Baltimore city school board's $1.2 billion spending plan for next year is riddled with errors and tens of millions of dollars worth of discrepancies, a review by The Sun has found. Schools officials say the errors are not significant, but pledge to fix them before publishing a final version of the already adopted budget. pg 1a

WORLD

Al-Sadr wants U.S. forces ousted

Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr orders militiamen to redouble the fight to oust American forces, and urges the Iraqi army and police to join him in defeating "your archenemy." pg 10A

British ex-captives can sell story

The 15 British sailors and marines held by Iran for nearly two weeks have permission to sell their stories to the media, the Ministry of Defense says, making an exception because of what it called "exceptional interest." pg 12A

ORIOLES EXTRA

O's take 2 of 3 from Yanks

Erik Bedard retired 20 of the last 22 batters he faced and earned his first victory of the season as the Orioles beat the New York Yankees, 6-4, and took two of three games in their series. The Orioles' home opener is today against the Detroit Tigers. pg 2c

SPORTS

Johnson wins Masters by 2

Zach Johnson pulled away from Tiger Woods and the rest of the field on the back nine at Augusta National for a two-stroke victory in the Masters golf tournament. It was only the second PGA Tour victory of his career. pg 1e

TODAY

O's fans of all seasons

As a city of disappointed souls wanders the baseball desert, sick and tired of getting thrashed by the Yankees and the Blue Jays, some diehard fans keep the faith. Like Cal, who's busy doing Comcast commercials, they play fair amid frustration. pg 1D

Cartoonist Johnny Hart dies

The award-winning cartoonist whose B.C. comic strip ran in more than 1,300 newspapers worldwide, including The Sun, dies at his home. He was 76. pg 6D

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