Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

April 14, 2007

NATIONAL

8 attorney firings discussed

Long before they fired a group of U.S. attorneys, senior White House and Justice department officials were already discussing some politically connected insiders for their replacements, documents released yesterday show, undercutting earlier claims that the prosecutors were terminated for purely performance reasons. pg 3A

N.J. governor possibly broke law

Gov. Jon Corzine was apparently riding without a seat belt, in violation of state law, when he was critically injured in the crash of his official vehicle, a spokesman said yesterday. pg 3A

MARYLAND

Bloods member convicted

A Baltimore jury convicted a top California Bloods member of second-degree murder yesterday for his role in killing a 19-year-old who was not following the gang rules. pg 1B

Oyster earmarks questioned

A conservative Oklahoma senator who wants to eliminate congressional earmarks has asked a federal agency for a detailed explanation of how $10 million in government grants for oyster recovery has been spent in Maryland. pg 1B

WORLD

Al-Qaida takes credit for strike

A coalition of Sunni insurgent groups loyal to al-Qaida claimed responsibility yesterday for a bomb blast that killed a member of Iraq's parliament, but legislators, gathered for a special session in the damaged building and vowed to stand firm. pg 12A

Fund gains stake in Laureate

A New York hedge fund that opposes the management-led buyout of Laureate Education Inc. has snapped up enough Laureate shares in recent days to become the Baltimore company's largest shareholder. pg 12C

Deal concludes coal strike

Linthicum Heights-based Foundation Coal Holdings Inc. and its affiliates have struck a deal with the United Mine Workers of America, ending a weeklong strike at mines in Pennsylvania. pg 12C

SPORTS

Orioles slam Royals

Erik Bedard pitched six innings of five-hit ball and Nick Markakis hit his first career grand slam as the Orioles routed the Kansas City Royals, 8-1. pg 1c

TODAY

Design trend: blending styles

The furniture inherited from her in-laws was classic, antique and dark, heavy wood - not her style. But Hope Gleicher of Chevy Chase treasured those pieces and wanted to make them her own. By mixing old with new and high-end with low-end, homeowners can build on what they already have. pg 1D

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