Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

February 01, 2005

NATIONAL

Ruling favors detainees

A federal judge ruled yesterday that the process for trying foreign terrorism suspects held at the U.S. Navy base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, is unconstitutional and that detainees must be allowed to challenge their confinement. [Page 1a]

Sen. Clinton faints during speech

Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton fainted yesterday during a speech on Social Security after complaining of flu-like symptoms, but after she was given medical attention at the scene, she went on to give another speech in the afternoon. [Page 3a]

Jackson trial begins

Michael Jackson arrived for the start of his child-molestation trial yesterday, greeted by a crowd of fans shouting encouragement. [Page 3a]

WORLD

Counting the ballots

As Iraqis counted votes and major parties bargained over divisions of power, interim Prime Minister Ayad Allawi vowed yesterday to try to bring together competing ethnic and religious groups. Meanwhile, three U.S. Marines were killed south of Baghdad, and insurgents issued a video and claimed to have shot down the British transport plane that crashed Sunday. [Page 1a]

Jewish settlers resume protests

Jewish settlers and supporters resumed protests yesterday against Israel's planned withdrawal from Palestinian territories, demanding a referendum. Israeli and Palestinian officials met to discuss a handover of security control in several West Bank towns and a prisoner release. But the killing of a Palestinian girl in a Gaza schoolyard posed a threat to the new cooperation. [Page 7a]

MARYLAND

NAACP won't comply with probe

Charging that an IRS audit was motivated by partisan politics, NAACP Chairman Julian Bond announced yesterday that the Baltimore-based civil rights group would not comply with the federal probe alleging he had inappropriately intervened in the presidential campaign by criticizing President Bush. [Page 1a]

Community development

An ambitious effort to revitalize a blighted West Baltimore neighborhood and the plan of Leonardtown in Southern Maryland to revive its rundown waterfront have been tapped to receive state help as the first Priority Places, the Ehrlich administration's take on the anti-sprawl policies of its predecessor. [Page 1b]

TODAY

Welcoming Sosa to Baltimore

If Sammy Sosa passes his physical examination today, he's likely to be playing for the Orioles next season. The Today section offers Sammy some tidbits about what he can expect when he arrives in Charm City. [Page 1c]

Arcade Fire delivers hot set

Everyone sings in the Montreal-based band Arcade Fire. The violinists, the keyboardist, the bassist - they all sing along to the songs, even though they don't have mics. The second thing you notice is that the women are wearing dresses and the men suits. The band's magnificent debut album is called Funeral, and at the sold-out 9:30 Club Sunday night, they looked like they were going to one. [Page 1c]

BUSINESS

SBC merges with AT&T

The $16 billion union of SBC Communications Inc. and AT&T saves "Ma Bell" from a nosedive into irrelevance in the industry it created over a century ago. But it also gives SBC the name and the network to fulfill its goal of being seen as a national player rather than just a local phone company. [Page 1a]

FDA fast-tracks stem cell product

In a move that a Baltimore biotechnology company says will boost its lead in the race to become the first to bring a stem cell product to market, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has granted "fast track" clearance to Osiris Therapeutics Inc. to expedite development of its lead drug. [Page 1d]

Brokerage to pay $850 million

The nation's largest insurance brokerage, Marsh & McLennan Companies Inc., will pay $850 million in restitution to end New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer's investigation into bid rigging and price fixing in a settlement the company hopes will end other states' probes and private lawsuits. [Page 1d]

SPORTS

Owens practices for first time

Eagles wide receiver Terrell Owens practiced for the first time since injuring his right ankle in December, participating in less than one-third of the team's 30 offensive plays. The All-Pro receiver is reportedly working toward playing as Philadelphia's third receiver against the Patriots. [Page 1e]

O's were Sosa's choice

A key step in the trade of Sammy Sosa to the Orioles passed when the players union approved the deal. Sosa's agent, Adam Katz, said: "There are not a lot of places he was willing to go, and [Baltimore] is his first choice, his second choice and his third choice." [Page 1e]

Bonds undergoes knee surgery

San Francisco Giants outfielder Barry Bonds is expected to miss much of spring training after minor arthroscopic surgery on his right knee. Bonds will begin six weeks of rehabilitation today, and the Giants expect him to return to full strength by opening day. [Page 5e]

TODAY ONLINE

SOSA TRADE

For coverage and developments in the Orioles' trade for Sammy Sosa, go to www.baltimoresun.com/orioles

NAACP DEFIES IRS

The NAACP announced it will not comply with an IRS request related to an audit. Read recent stories about the nation's oldest and largest civil rights group at www.baltimoresun.com/naacp

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"The state of our city is stronger than it was five years ago. ... But it is not as strong as the future of our children demands that it be."

Mayor Martin O'Malley, in his sixth State of the City address (Article, Page 1B)

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