Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

April 24, 2007

NATIONAL

Democrats agree on withdrawal

With a veto showdown assured, Democratic leaders agreed yesterday on legislation that would require the first U.S. combat troops to be withdrawn from Iraq by Oct. 1 and set a goal of a complete pullout six months later. pg 3A

MARYLAND

2-year-old dies in fire

A 2-year-old girl died in a rowhouse fire in West Baltimore yesterday despite desperate attempts by city firefighters to rescue her. A firefighter found the girl suffering a heart attack, but she died upon reaching a nearby hospital.. pg 1B

WORLD

Russia's Yeltsin, 76, is dead

Boris N. Yeltsin, the Russian leader who broke the Soviet Union and the system it had created, died yesterday in Moscow of complications from chronic heart problems. He was 76. pg1A

Gates lobbies for missile system

Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates took the Bush administration's campaign to install a missile defense system in eastern Europe to the highest levels yesterday and met with President Vladimir V. Putin, the plan's fiercest opponent. Gates emerged hopeful after the meeting and said the two sides had reached an agreement to set up a bilateral committee of experts to go over Russia's objections. pg 9A

BUSINESS

DOW -- DOWN

-42.58

12,919.40

NASDAQ -- DOWN

-2.72

2523.67

S&P -- DOWN

-3.42

1,480.93

SUN INDEX -- UP

+.15

360.16

CEG may expand Md. plants

Constellation Energy Group is considering expanding two Maryland power plants, in what would be the company's first new power generation since 1995 and potentially a way to mitigate future electricity price shocks. pg 1D

SPORTS

Report: Landis sample positive

Tour de France champion Floyd Landis got more bad news - a report that follow-up tests on his backup urine samples found traces of synthetic testosterone. He attacked the report as another result of unethical maneuvers engineered by those who want him stripped of the Tour title. PG 3E

TODAY

Producer caught up in the Web

ALvin Gray often wins over people with his passion for filmmaking, sometimes securing equipment and services for free, other times cutting deals for future payments once a project turns a profit. A video producer and editor, Gray is among a group of young artists who use the Internet for everything from casting to marketing in order to carry out "guerrilla filming." pg 1C

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