Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

December 14, 2004

NATIONAL

Peterson given death sentence

Repelled by Scott Peterson's seeming lack of sorrow for the murder of his pregnant wife, Laci, the jury that found the Modesto, Calif., man guilty last month decided yesterday that he should be sentenced to death rather than life in prison. [Page 1a

Health secretary nominated

President Bush's decision to nominate EPA Administrator Michael O. Leavitt as secretary of Health and Human Services yesterday opens the way for renewed battles over the administration's health care and environmental policies. [Page 3a

WORLD

Chile's ex-dictator charged

A Chilean judge yesterday indicted Gen. Augusto Pinochet, the country's former dictator, with the kidnapping of nine people and the murder of one of them during his military rule. The indictment marked the third attempt to try Pinochet in Chile for abuses from his 17-year dictatorship, none so far successful. [Page 1a

Report of Afghan detainee deaths

Human Rights Watch yesterday disclosed the deaths of more American-held detainees in Afghanistan. The New York-based organization accused the U.S. Defense Department of operating outside the law there and failing to investigate abuses, including murder. [Page 14a

MARYLAND

MVA audit questions

Maryland lawmakers are expected to question Motor Vehicle Administration officials today about a recent audit that outlines almost two dozen management lapses, including a failure to refer evidence of criminal conduct by employees to prosecutors. The hearing by the Joint Audit Committee comes less than a week after legislative auditors released a report on the MVA finding failures to carry out many important responsibilities. [Page 1b

Asian oyster health worries

If state officials follow through with plans to introduce the Asian oyster into the Chesapeake Bay, they could open the door to a host of human health problems, said several scientists who testified at a congressional hearing on bay restoration in Annapolis. Disease-causing bacteria that naturally occur in some oysters have been known to cause food poisoning. [Page 1b

TODAY

Reality TV on the decline?

Could Donald Trump be the next to hear the words "You're fired"? The fall television season has exposed the weaknesses of reality shows like Trump's The Apprentice, while scripted dramas have enjoyed a resurgence. [Page 1c

Golden Globe nods go out

Road-trip movie Sideways led Golden Globe Awards contenders announced yesterday with seven nominations, including best musical or comedy film, three acting nominations and best director, while Ray star Jamie Foxx scored a record three nominations. Also, the Howard Hughes biography The Aviator landed six nominations, including best dramatic feature and best director. [Page 1c

It's a very special special

It's either the ultimate Christmas special, or a glimpse at how self-reflexive and postmodern television has become. Or both. It's the Christmas Special Christmas Special, a one-hour look at the history of TV Christmas shows, tonight on Bravo. [Page 1c

BUSINESS

Md. e-mail spam law canned

In a ruling that casts doubt on Maryland's efforts to contain e-mail spam, a Montgomery County Circuit judge determined that one of the state's two anti-spam laws is unconstitutional because it attempts to regulate commerce outside state borders. [Page 1a

PeopleSoft takeover deal reached

Ending 18 months of bad blood, Oracle Corp. raised its takeover bid for rival PeopleSoft Inc. by 10 percent to seal a $10.3 billion deal that will create the world's second-largest maker of business applications software. [Page 1d

Maryland Life mag makes debut

Maryland Life, a new publication expected to hit subscriber mailboxes tomorrow and newsstands by Christmas, is the first statewide magazine since 1995. The principals involved describe it like a coffeetable book with glossy pictures and timeless articles. [Page 1d

SPORTS

Orioles lose Gomez to Phillies

The Boston Red Sox and the Orioles don't fare particularly well on the final day of the winter meetings. The Red Sox reportedly were close to losing Pedro Martinez to the New York Mets. The Orioles, who hoped to land an impact pitcher or first baseman, struck out on both counts and lost the only notable player they've acquired this offseason when the Philadelphia Phillies stole shortstop Chris Gomez in the Rule 5 draft. [Page 1e

D.C. Council takes vote today

Washington faces a lot of work to get ready for the return of baseball. Today, the final vote will be held in D.C. Council for a half-billion-dollar package that includes funding for a new stadium on the Anacostia River. It also includes $18.5 million in funding for the makeover of RFK Stadium. [Page 1e

Giants stick with Manning

New York Giants coach Tom Coughlin still believes that Eli Manning, despite horrific struggles in recent weeks, is going to be an outstanding quarterback for the reeling team. Coughlin reiterated that the No. 1 pick in the draft will start against the Steelers. [Page 1e

TODAY ONLINE

SPECIAL CHRISTMAS SPECIAL

See a video of Sun TV critic David Zurawik reviewing Bravo's The Christmas Special Christmas Special. www.baltimoresun.com/zurawik

MIKE PRESTON ON THE RAVENS

Sun sports columnist Mike Preston answers your questions about the Ravens every Tuesday at www.baltimoresun.com/prestonqa

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"I still would have liked to see, I don't know if remorse is the right word. He lost his wife and his child - it didn't seem to faze him."

Juror Steve Cardosi, of Scott Peterson's sentence(Article, Page 1A)

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