Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

December 01, 2004

NATIONAL

Perchlorate contamination found

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration released data this week showing potentially harmful levels of a defense industry explosive additive called perchlorate in almost all of 200 samples of milk and lettuce collected nationally, including all four milk samples collected in Maryland. [Page 3a

Court weighs gender equity case

The Supreme Court considered yesterday whether the Title IX gender equity law protects an Alabama high school coach who was fired after he complained his girls' team wasn't treated as well as the boys. [Page 3a

WORLD

Ukrainian impasse continues

Ukrainian Prime Minister Viktor F. Yanukovych said that he was willing to support new presidential elections and would not run again as long as his challenger also stepped aside. His rival, Viktor A. Yushchenko, who has laid claim to victory in the Nov. 21 vote, dismissed the proposal. [Page 11a

U.N. proposes broad reforms

The United Nations has proposed the most sweeping changes in its history, recommending the overhaul of the Security Council and suggesting standards of international legitimacy for countries that have not been attacked to go to war against an enemy posing an imminent threat. [Page 12a

MARYLAND

Mfume resigns NAACP post

Kweisi Mfume announced his resignation as president of the NAACP yesterday -- a job he called "the most rewarding and most fulfilling position of my life." The Baltimore-based organization's longtime general counsel, Dennis C. Hayes, was named as interim president. [Page 1a

Howard road project challenged

A conservation group said that it will file suit to block state funding for widening a congested two-lane road in western Howard County, arguing that the project would lead to a loss of farms and open space and undermine Maryland's Smart Growth policies. [Page 1b

Aides encouraged land deal

Three top aides to Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. encouraged the head of the state Department of General Services to explore a deal to sell preservation land to a politically connected contractor who promised to donate building rights there in exchange for tax breaks. [Page 1b

SPORTS

D.C. approves stadium funding

The District of Columbia Council approved new ballpark financing for the Washington Nationals baseball team after voting to cap funding at $630 million. The measure must be approved a second time to become law. [Page 1a

Maryland falls to Wisconsin

The 12th-ranked Maryland men's basketball team dropped its first game of the season, 69-64, on the road to No. 25 Wisconsin as part of the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. Terps stars John Gilchrist and Nik Caner-Medley were held to six and seven points, respectively. [Page 1c

Notre Dame fires Willingham

Coach Tyrone Willingham was fired by Notre Dame after three seasons in which he failed to return the storied college football program to prominence. Willingham went 21-15 with the Irish, including 6-5 this season. [Page 1c

BUSINESS

Court tightens lending damages

The Supreme Court tightened the limits on damages consumers can get from companies that violate the federal Truth in Lending Act. Consumer advocates warned the ruling will mean inadequate penalties when customers are cheated. [Page 1d

Business revival in Somerset

When Wal-Mart Stores Inc. announced that it would build a distribution center employing 500 people in Somerset County, it was the latest sign that things may be picking up for Maryland's poorest county. From new condominiums in Crisfield to reuse of the old Carvel Hall cutlery plant, officials say they are seeing signs of a business rebirth. [Page 1d

GM to lay off 1,000 in N.J.

General Motors Corp. will lay off most of the more than 1,000 workers at its Linden, N.J., assembly plant early next year, the company reported. The news follows the announced closure of GM's factory on Broening Highway in Southeast Baltimore next year. [Page 1d

TODAY

Jennings' `Jeopardy!' reign ends

Ken Jennings' record-breaking run as Jeopardy! champion came to an end last night when the man who had won $2.5 million was tripped up by a question about taxes. [Page 1e

New director leads BCO tonight

New music director Markand Thakar conducts the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra tonight and brings a positive track record in an industry that is hurting. As music director of the Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra in Minnesota, he's led an effort to increase subscriptions. [Page 1e

TODAY ONLINE

NAACP CHANGES

Read the latest about the change in leadership at the NAACP, plus hear audio from Kweisi Mfume's resignation speech and watch a video clip of The Sun's Mike Adams discussing the changes at the organization. www.baltimoresun.com/naacp

D.C. PASSES STADIUM VOTE

The Council of the District of Columbia narrowly passed its first vote on a stadium financing package. Get details of the vote and read archived coverage of the return of Major League Baseball to the nation's capital. www.baltimoresun.com/dcbaseball

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"Nancy Zerg, congratulations, you are indeed a giant-killer!"

Alex Trebek, host of Jeopardy!, naming a new champion to replace Ken Jennings (Article, Page 1E)

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