Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

May 16, 2007

NATIONAL

Rev. Falwell dies

The Rev. Jerry Falwell, the conservative televangelist and founder of the Moral Majority, died yesterday at a Lynchburg, Va., hospital after being found unconscious in his office at Liberty University. pg 1a

U.S. defends Wolfowitz

The White House said "all options are on the table" about the leadership of the World Bank, even as it defended embattled President Paul Wolfowitz as he fights conflict-of-interest charges. pg 4a

MARYLAND

Council vote topples Icon

A key City Council committee has killed the $75 million Icon project, a 23-story tower that would have risen on Canton's waterfront if not for people's fears that it would overwhelm the neighborhood and worsen traffic. pg 1a

Killer, 16, admits murders

Zachary James, 16, one of the Baltimore's youngest and most brazen murder suspects, pleaded guilty yesterday to killing two men when his was 15. He was sentenced to 60 years in prison. pg 1b

WORLD

`War czar' is chosen

After a lengthy and difficult search, President Bush has tapped Lt. Gen Douglas Lute as his new "war czar," with full White House authority to pull together increasingly frayed efforts to deal with protracted military conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. pg 10a

BUSINESS

DOW -- UP

+37.06

13,383.84

NASDAQ -- DOWN

-21.15

2,525.29

S&P -- UP

-1.96

1,501.19

SUN INDEX -- DOWN

-0.24

349.98

Housing prices on rise

The Baltimore region is holding up better than the nation as a whole, with the price of an existing single-family home rising nearly 5 percent in the first quarter compared with a year earlier. pg 1d

SPORTS

Sams not guilty of DUI

Ravens return specialist B.J. Sams was found not guilty of driving under the influence and negligent driving. His five-hour trial in Baltimore County ended with Sams being found guilty of a lane violation, which carries a $90 fine. pg 1e

TODAY

Tonys look backward

Nineteenth-century German teenagers and Russian intellectuals topped the charts when the 2007 Tony Award nominations were announced in New York. Heading the list with 11 nominations, including best musical, was Spring Awakening, a steamy adaptation of Frank Wedekind's 1891 play about teenage sexuality. pg 1c

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