Sun News Digest

December 27, 2004

NATIONAL

Cleaning up after 'meltdown'

US Airways started delivering luggage to passengers yesterday after suffering what its chief executive called an "operational meltdown," while Comair put some of its passenger planes back in the air a day after canceling all of its 1,100 flights. [Page 3a]

Protest ends at closing parish

A protest vigil at a parish slated for closure by the Boston Archdiocese ended yesterday when police sealed off the 114-year-old church after its final Mass and ordered parishioners to leave. The move was in response to declining attendance, a shortage of priests and financial pressure caused in part by the clergy sex abuse crisis. [Page 3a]

WORLD

Thousands dead in tsunamis

The strongest earthquake in 40 years struck deep beneath the Indian Ocean yesterday, unleashing 20-foot tidal waves that came crashing down on beaches in eight Asian countries across thousands of miles, smashing seaside resorts and villages, and leaving at least 11,000 dead. [Page 1a]

Yushchenko declares victory

Opposition leader Viktor A. Yushchenko declared victory today in Ukraine's fiercely contested presidential election, telling thousands of supporters they had taken their country to a new political era. [Page 1a]

Video said to show Iraq bombing

The militant group Ansar al-Sunna posted a video on the Internet yesterday claiming to show the explosion at a military mess tent in Mosul that killed 18 Americans and four others last week. [Page 8a]

MARYLAND

Opposition to Ehrlich's plan

Chances are rising that tomorrow's special General Assembly session on medical malpractice reform could end in discord. Democratic legislative leaders continue to oppose Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. over how to pay for a stopgap account that would keep insurance rates in check, and whether to impose stricter limits on jury awards and attorney fees. [Page 1a]

Teacher to run across country

Warren Wiggins, 49, a Baltimore high school science teacher, plans to run from Los Angeles to New York in 254 days to raise money to restore Mount Auburn Cemetery, believed to be the oldest African-American cemetery in Baltimore and the resting place of many renowned blacks. [Page 1a]

Archdiocese plan angers parents

Plans by the Archdiocese of Baltimore to combine three Roman Catholic schools next fall to cut costs and boost enrollment are angering some parents of children who attend them. They are particularly upset that other schools in the archdiocese are prohibited from accepting midyear transfers from the affected schools. [Page 1b]

SPORTS

Reggie White dies at 43

Reggie White, one of the greatest defensive players in NFL history, died at the age of 43, his wife said. The cause of death was not immediately known. A two-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year, White played a total of 15 years with the Eagles, Packers and Panthers. [Page 1c]

Ponson detained in Aruba

Orioles pitcher Sidney Ponson could be arraigned today on assault and battery charges in Aruba after a fight on Christmas that put a local judge in the hospital. Ponson was detained on suspicion of assault at a beach in Boca Catalina after several people accused him of harassing them with his personal watercraft and operating it recklessly. [Page 1c]

Manning breaks TD record

Colts quarterback Peyton Manning broke Dan Marino's single-season touchdown pass record when he threw his 48th and 49th of the season against the Chargers. Manning hit Brandon Stokley on a 21-yard post pattern with 56 seconds to play in regulation to break the record. A few minutes later, Manning led the Colts on a drive in overtime that led to a 34-31 win. [Page 1e]

TODAY

Case for historic Fells Point

The Society for the Preservation of Federal Hill and Fells Point is in the early stages of compiling lists of Fells Point property owners and building support to have the neighborhood designated as the city's 31st historic district as a way to protect more buildings from demolition or insensitive alteration. [Page 1d]

Hughes' enduring career

Howard Hughes' most famous films, the only two that list him as director, were commercial successes that owed more to their notoriety than their quality: Hell's Angels, released in 1930, and The Outlaw (1943). But Hughes' Hollywood career proved more enduring than those two movies suggest. His greatest films were the ones he produced, leaving the moviemaking to others. [Page 1d]

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