Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

June 09, 2007

NATIONAL

Little middle ground on issue

This week's setback for immigration reform - President Bush's top domestic priority - illustrates not only the weakened state of his presidency, but the fragile and elusive nature of the middle ground on a wrenching social issue, political analysts say. pg 3a

Prostate cancer treatment risk

The standard treatment for prostate cancer - shutting off the body's production of androgen hormones - can chop 2 1/2 years off the lives of men who are at high risk of developing heart disease, Boston researchers reported. pg 3a

MARYLAND

Aberdeen records requested

The Office of the State Prosecutor has launched an investigation involving Aberdeen city government, requesting records from every elected official and department head, according to interviews and a copy of a subpoena obtained by The Sun. pg 1a

O'Malley vow on minority work

Gov. Martin O'Malley promised to continue steering government work to groups that have suffered discrimination, but he called the state's minority business program a shambles. pg 1a

TODAY

A scavenger hunt for history

A scavenger hunt in Fells Point was not about retrieving hard-to-find objects. It was an organized adventure to find answers to questions on the neighborhood and its history by a company that holds hunts in historic areas around the country. pg 1d

BUSINESS

DOW -- UP

+ 157.66

13,424.39

NASDAQ -- UP

+ 32.16

2,573.54

S&P -- UP

+16.95

1,507.67

SUN INDEX -- UP

+ 0.23

350.28

Home prices decline in area

The average home price in the Baltimore region fell for the first time in six years last month, reflecting a sputtering housing market that continues to lose momentum. pg 8c

Md. wind farm gets go-ahead

The state Court of Appeals cleared a California energy company yesterday to build what would be Maryland's first wind farm, a 42-turbine facility along Backbone Mountain in Garrett County. pg 8c

WORLD

Iraqi police chief's wife killed

Efforts to establish law and order in one of Iraq's most violent regions suffered another blow when dozens of gunmen raided the home of Baqouba's police chief yesterday and killed his wife, two brothers and 11 guards. Four of of his children were kidnapped, police said. pg 8a

$60 billion to fight diseases

The world's leading industrialized nations pledged $60 billion to fight AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis mainly in Africa, a gesture that drew criticism from human rights groups that called it an insufficient commitment and part of a pattern of unfulfilled promises. pg 9a

SPORTS

Pettersen leads LPGA after 67

Suzann Pettersen shot a 5-under-par 67 in the second round of the LPGA Championship for a two-round total of 8-under 136. She leads by one stroke in Havre de Grace. pg 1c

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