Thousands die in Java quake


Desperate relatives searched rubble for survivors yesterday after a powerful earthquake flattened nearly all the buildings in Bantul while residents slept, killing more than 3,500 people on Indonesia's densely populated Java island. pg 1a

Mayhem spreads in Dili


The police in Dili, East Timor, trained by the United Nations as a privileged force, have abandoned their stations for hiding places, looking for protection from a vengeful military. Chaos has engulfed the city after a week of violence between East Timor's security forces. pg 14a


A pass for polluters

Maryland environmental officials have for years been ignoring most air pollution violations at the state's dirtiest power plants - and have become even less aggressive about imposing penalties under the Ehrlich administration, an investigation by The Sun has found. pg 1a

Security secrets released

Details of executive protection activities that are usually kept secret were contained in documents released this month by Gary W. McLhinney, chief of the Maryland Transportation Authority Police. The information was part of an effort to show the work of a six-member protection unit at BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport. pg 1b


NSA lawsuits challenged


The Bush administration has asked federal judges in New York and Michigan to dismiss a pair of lawsuits filed over the National Security Agency's domestic eavesdropping program, saying litigating them would jeopardize state secrets. pg 3a

Clinton unveils campaign video

Democratic Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton is getting her bid for a second term under way with a sometimes emotional 18-minute video that features praise from her husband and even some New Yorkers who opposed her candidacy six years ago. pg 4a


Fuel relief as market bait

Pain at the pump, it seems, can be used as a marketing tool in a number of ways. Not only are retailers and others advertising prepaid gas cards and rebates, but credit-card companies that offer cash back on purchases are boosting those rebates when a card is used to pay for gas. pg 1a


Alternative power providers

While politicians and regulators clash over ways to keep electric rates from soaring, tiny Ohms Energy and a handful of power marketers are taking action on their own. Slowly, they are sowing the seeds of electric competition in Maryland. pg 1c


Terps lose lacrosse semifinal

Maryland lost to Massachusetts, 8-5, in an NCAA men's lacrosse semifinal in Philadelphia. The Minutemen advanced to tomorrow's title game, where they will meet top seed Virginia. pgs 1d, 6d



Views of art in nature

This year's Sculpture at Evergreen show is an enticing place to wander. The understated character of the artworks scattered throughout the Evergreen House grounds makes coming upon them under a tree, along a brick garden wall or in a wooded thicket a little like discovering Easter eggs on a lawn. pg 1e

Quote Of the day

"It was like being chased by thunder. Under my feet, I felt the tremble of the earthquake. I was so afraid."

Rina Neriwati, survivor of yesterday's earthquake on Java Article, PG 1A