Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

May 25, 2007

NATIONAL

Bush predicts more casualties

President Bush and top military officials predicted that casualties in Iraq will accelerate between now and September, when a much anticipated deadline arrives for assessing the results of a troop surge that Congress has finally agreed to pay for. pg 1A

Overhaul of lobbying rules OK'd

The House approved an overhaul of lobbying rules aimed at reining in the influence of special interests and fulfilling a Democratic campaign pledge to "drain the swamp" of scandals. pg 3A

Maryland

Murder convict gets new trial

Nearly 20 years after being convicted of a murder he says he did not commit - but now armed with DNA evidence that his attorney says exonerates him - James Owens Jr. was granted a new trial yesterday. pg 1B

Officials seek to ease BGE blow

A day after state regulators approved a 50 percent increase in electric rates for Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. customers, two Baltimore mayoral candidates and a handful of other city leaders started tossing out ideas for easing the blow. pg 1A

WORLD

Israel rounds up Hamas leaders

Israel arrested a Palestinian Cabinet minister along with several legislators and mayors in a pre-dawn roundup of more than 30 Hamas leaders in the West Bank, stepping up pressure on the group to halt rocket attacks from the Gaza Strip. pg 13A

BUSINESS

DOW -- DOWN

-84.52

13,441.13

NASDAQ -- DOWN

-39.13

2,537.92

S&P -- DOWN

-14.77

1,507.51

SUN INDEX -- DOWN

-0.22

349.95

CareFirst launches grants

To address the continuing shortage of nurses in the Baltimore-Washington region, CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield has launched a grant program intended to increase faculty at area nursing schools. CareFirst has 3.1 million members in Maryland, the District of Columbia and Northern Virginia. pg 1F

SPORTS

Blue Jays edge O's in 10 innings

Orioles reliever Danys Baez allowed Alex Rios to crush a fastball deep into the left-field bleachers with one out in the 10th inning. Rios' home run gave the Toronto Blue Jays a 5-4 victory and allowed them to win the series at Camden Yards. pg 1e

Newman qualifies first for 600

Ryan Newman won his 39th career pole with a lap at 185.312 mph at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C., for Sunday's Coca-Cola 600, the longest race on the NASCAR circuit. pg 4e

TODAY

Russell delights in `Waitress'

Adrienne Shelly's Waitress is an inspired, wonderful comedy-drama about artistic temperament. Rather than chronicling a painter or thinker, she depicts Jenna (Keri Russell), a working woman with a baby on the way and a genius for making pies. pg 1c

A sour end note for `Idol' fans

Online chat groups and other fan sites were sprinkled with complaints yesterday because the Fox hit show American Idol ran several minutes over its scheduled two hours, causing many DVR and TiVo users to miss the coronation of Jordin Sparks. pg 1c

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