Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

June 30, 2007

WORLD

London raises terror alert

London was thrust into a new terrorism alert when police found two Mercedes-Benz cars filled with gasoline, nails and gas canisters parked close together in an area known for crowded nightclubs and late-night bars. pg 1a

Bomb kills 5 U.S. soldiers

A huge bomb explosion followed by a hail of gunfire and grenades killed five U.S. soldiers in Iraq, the military said yesterday. The attack came as the Pentagon tallied up the deadliest three-month period for Americans since the war began. pg 9a

MARYLAND

Pension guideline issued

Baltimore Mayor Sheila Dixon says she's convinced Police Commissioner Leonard Hamm followed the intent of the law in allowing a controversial early retirement. But the mayor ordered that all city agencies comply with new guidelines on handling early pension requests that include consulting with the mayor's office, obtaining a review from the city's law department and ensuring decisions are in the "best interest" of the city. pg 1a

Cab driver's killer gets 40 years

A Baltimore judge sentenced Damon Holmes to the maximum 40 years under a plea agreement in the killing of a cab driver in Northeast Baltimore. Holmes was 15 at the time of the murder. pg 1b

SPORTS

Duke seniors may return

Five of the 12 Duke men's lacrosse seniors, including co-captain Ed Douglas from Baltimore, are seriously considering returning to the school and taking advantage of an extra year of eligibility, according to players and team officials. pg 1c

BGE deadline is here

Today marks the last day that Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. customers can sign up for an optional plan to defer part of a 50 percent electric rate increase that took effect June 1. pg 7c

NATIONAL

Court to look at Guantanamo

In a surprise move, the Supreme Court agreed to take up the cases of prisoners at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and to decide whether they have been wrongly held for years without a fair chance to plead their innocence. pg 3a

Congress presses powers

Democrats have taken the first steps in what could be a long march to court in a tug-of-war between the White House and Congress over subpoenas and executive and legislative branch powers. In a letter to White House counsel Fred Fielding, the heads of the Senate and House Judiciary committees demanded an explanation in 10 days of why the White House claimed executive privilege on subpoenaed documents, and vowed to invoke the full force of law. pg 3a

TODAY

Tops are just T-riffic

This summer, the top fashion magazines have declared that T-shirts, especially customized T-shirts, are the things to have. pg 1d

BUSINESS

DOW

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13,408.62

NASDAQ

-5.14

2,603.23

S&P

-2.36

1,503.35

SUN INDEX

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348.82

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