Sun News Digest


May 06, 2007


Hopkins graduate dies in Iraq

Army 1st Lt. Colby J. Umbrell, a 26-year-old marathon runner from Doylestown, Pa., was killed by a roadside bomb Thursday in Musayyib, Iraq. A member of the Class of 2004, he is the second Johns Hopkins graduate to have died within a month. pg 1b

O'Malley asked to rethink ICC

Much to the dismay of the environmentalists who backed him, Gov. Martin O'Malley has never wavered in his support for the Intercounty Connector. The League of Conservation Voters, Sierra Club and other groups are calling for O'Malley to rethink the $2.4 billion toll road that would run through Montgomery and Prince George's counties. pg 1b


Killings seen as image problem

Recently declassified documents suggest that senior officers viewed the killings of 24 Iraqi civilians in Haditha in late 2005 as a potential public relations problem that required an immediate and misleading response to prevent insurgents from using them as propaganda against the U.S. military. pg 16a

Jet with 114 aboard crashes

A Kenya Airways jet with 114 people aboard crashed early yesterday in a dense forest in the western Africa nation of Cameroon, government officials said, but efforts to reach the wreckage were hampered by heavy rainfall. There was no information on survivors. pg 19a


More tornadoes hit Kansas

A new wave of tornadoes ripped through southwest Kansas yesterday, a day after a powerful tornado wiped out more than 90 percent of Greensburg, a small town of 1,500. Friday's storms are blamed for the deaths of at least nine people, a figure authorities feared could rise even before the latest twisters. pg 3a

Refugee protections debated

Today's foreign terrorists could become tomorrow's U.S. refugees if the Bush administration gets its way. The intent is to grant refugee status to rebels who fought repressive governments or advanced U.S. foreign policy objectives. But the proposed changes could also cover U.S. enemies such as members of al-Qaida, Hamas and Hezbollah. pg 3a


Debts that haunt

Zombie debt - old debts that won't die - might be passed from one debt buyer to another for years, until one day consumers are startled to find a collector demanding payment. Bankruptcy lawyers say zombie debt cases have grown along with the debt purchasing industry. pg 1c


Street Sense captures Ky. Derby

Street Sense smartly picked his way through traffic while rallying from next-to-last in a 20-horse field to win the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky. Hard Spun, ridden by jockey Mario Pino of Ellicott City, led most of the first mile but finished second, 2 1/4 lengths behind. pg 1d


Three paths to the prom

Even as songs, dances and hairdos revolt against yesterday, the prom remains a traditional rite of passage. We look at what the prom - that milestone night of high school - means to three Baltimore-area seniors from different backgrounds. pg 1n


Riding the range

A couple of city slickers hit the trail for an old-fashioned cattle drive near Bill Moore Lake in Colorado. Their job: move a herd of longhorns to a grazing area where the grass is greener. pg 1r

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