Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

April 16, 2007

NATIONAL

Wolfowitz says he'll not resign

Paul D. Wolfowitz says he will not resign as president of the World Bank in the face of controversy over his role in securing a State Department job and large raise for his girlfriend, a former communications official at the bank. pg 3A

Gonzales to face Democrats

When Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales faces angry Senate Democrats tomorrow, he will acknowledge that he made a broad range of mistakes in the dismissals of eight U.S. attorneys last year and will apologize to them and their families, but he also will insist that the prosecutors were fired for political reasons. pg 1A

WORLD

Key Shiite Muslim vows to quit

A key Shiite Muslim bloc in Iraq's government vowed yesterday to quit over Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's refusal to set a timetable for the withdrawal of U.S. troops, a move that would further weaken the country's leadership at a time of soaring sectarian violence. The threat came on the heels of another bloody day in the capital, where at least 37 people died in bombings that underscored the challenges of a U.S.-Iraqi security plan. pg 7A

Russian protesters detained

Riot police in Moscow beat and detained dozens of anti-Kremlin demonstrators yesterday on a second day of protests that tested the weak opposition's ability to challenge widely popular President Vladimir Putin. pg 7A

MARYLAND

Officials to join liquor board

Three new commissioners are poised to take over the city liquor board, a state agency embroiled in controversy in recent years, including review by the state prosecutor and ouster of its executive secretary, a former state senator. The board regulates the sale, storage and distribution of alcoholic beverages in Baltimore. pg 1B

Storm drenches Maryland

A storm that stirred up tornadoes in Texas and flooded parts of West Virginia dumped almost 3 inches of rain on Maryland, knocking out power to about 6,000 residents yesterday. More electric lines could topple today as the nor'easter drives powerful winds inland. Water flooded Fleet Street and the swollen Jones Falls threatened to flood the parking lot of a Hampden sports facility. pg 1B

SPORTS

J. Burton repeats at Texas

Jeff Burton passed Matt Kenseth on the final lap of the Samsung 500 to become the first repeat victor at Texas, taking 10 years to return to the winner's circle after he won the inaugural race. Burton never led until he overtook Kenseth after more than 10 laps of trying to get past him. pg 1d

Blue Jays put Ryan on DL

The Toronto Blue Jays placed closer and former Oriole B.J. Ryan on the 15-day disabled list with a sprained elbow, a day after he blew his second save in his past four chances. Ryan's latest blown save came when he gave up four runs in the ninth inning of Saturday's 10-7 loss to the Detroit Tigers. PG 7d

TODAY

Slimming down

The baggy clothes of the hip-hop culture are getting cut down to size as young men are dipping into skateboarders' leaner lines for a whole new fashion look. pg 1c

Box office: `Disturbia' is No. 1

The teen thriller movie "Disturbia," an updated version of Alfred Hitchcock's "Rear Window" starring Shia LaBeouf, took in $23 million over the weekend, putting the new movie at No. 1. pg 3c

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