Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

May 10, 2007

NATIONAL

Port funding is cut

Baltimore has come out a loser in this year's competition for federal port security funds . Designated a second-tier port by the Department of Homeland Security, Baltimore will get $1.9 million, a cut of 60 percent from the current year, state and federal officials say. pg 1a

Fort Dix security may have flaw

One of the six men accused of plotting an attack on Fort Dix used his pizza delivery job to gain access to the Army post and scout it out, exposing what might be a security vulnerability, a congressman said yesterday. pg 7a

WORLD

Truck bomb kills 19 in Iraq

A truck bomb exploded in midtown Irbil in the semi-autonomous region of Kurdistan, killing 19 people, injuring 70 and illustrating the worsening violence in areas of Iraq previously considered to be relatively safe. pg 15a

Pope condemns abortion

Beginning his first papal pilgrimage to the Americas, Pope Benedict XVI issued a strong condemnation of abortion and immediately touched off a firestorm by suggesting Catholic politicians who legalize it have excommunicated themselves from the church. pg 16a

MARYLAND

Keeler discusses retirement

Cardinal William H. Keeler, the leader of Baltimore's Catholics, says he plans to stay in the city even after a successor is named by Pope Benedict XVI. In an extensive interview with The Sun, Keeler discussed his post-retirement plans for the first time. pg 1a

Md. enters Kent Island dispute

Concern about the environmental impact of a proposed 1,300-home development along Kent Island's waterfront - and local officials' inability to talk about it - prompted the state Board of Public Works yesterday to get in the middle of a long-simmering dispute over building in the Chesapeake Bay watershed. pg 1b

SPORTS

O's records might show nothing

A day after it was reported that a group investigating steroid use in baseball is seeking medical records of several former Orioles, one of the world's leading authorities on drug use in sports allowed that routine screening would be unlikely to find telltale signs of steroids. pg 1c

BUSINESS

DOW -- UP

+53.80

13,362.87

NASDAQ -- UP

+4.59

2,576.34

S&P -- UP

+4.86

1,512.58

SUN INDEX -- UP

+0.07

350.46

New deal for Legg Mason?

Two years after Legg Mason Inc. undertook the biggest acquisition in the company's history, only to get bogged down in the transaction and all the difficulties that came with it, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Raymond A. "Chip" Mason is talking about the next deal. pg 1d

Today

Tributes to Va. Tech victims Even as professional artists such as platinum-selling Texas rapper Lil' Flip and R&B-pop star R. Kelly release their versions of songs dedicated to the survivors of the Virginia Tech killings, homemade musical tributes have been mushrooming in the online video universe. pg 1a

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