Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

February 03, 2005

NATIONAL

Bush outlines his agenda

President Bush used his annual State of the Union address to outline an activist second-term agenda, including initiatives to "strengthen and save Social Security" and bring peace to the Middle East. He also called on Congress last night to continue supporting the U.S. mission in Iraq even as it tackles his ambitious domestic plans.[Page 1a]

Questions about prison camp

Videotapes of riot squads subduing suspects at the U.S. prison camp at Guantanamo Bay show guards punching detainees, tying one to a gurney for questioning and forcing others to strip, according to a report by military investigators. Although the tapes raised questions about mistreatment and misconduct, reviewers found no evidence of systemic abuse.[Page 3a]

Chertoff criticized by Democrats

Under fire from Senate Democrats, Michael Chertoff, President Bush's nominee for homeland security secretary, said he gave the CIA only broad guidance on interrogation methods for terrorism suspects and never addressed the legality of specific techniques. [Page 5a]

WORLD

Pope's condition called stable

Pope John Paul II remained hospitalized yesterday with the flu and breathing trouble. Pneumonia remained a threat for the 84-year-old pontiff, but Vatican officials said his condition had stabilized. [Page 1a]

MARYLAND

Norris must return for service

Former city police commissioner Edward T. Norris must return to Baltimore to perform the community service that's part of the sentence he received after pleading guilty to public corruption and tax charges. A federal judge rejected Norris' request yesterday that the community service be done in Florida. [Page 2b]

SPORTS

Sosa trade is finalized

The trade sending Sammy Sosa to the Orioles from the Chicago Cubs was finalized after commissioner Bud Selig approved the deal and the outfielder passed his physical. "This is my new house, and I love it," Sosa during his introduction at Camden Yards. [Page 1c]

USOC honors Phelps

Michael Phelps, the swimmer from Rodgers Forge who won six gold medals and two bronze at the Summer Games, is named the U.S. Olympic Committee's 2004 Sportsman of the Year. Also honored by the USOC were gymnast Carly Patterson and the Olympic softball team. [Page 2c]

Lakers' Tomjanovich resigns

Rudy Tomjanovich resigned as coach of the NBA's Los Angeles Lakers, his time in the job lasting barely half a season. Tomjanovich went 24-19 after succeeding Phil Jackson with a revamped lineup built around Kobe Bryant. [Page 3c]

BUSINESS

Baltimore-area job gains

The Baltimore metropolitan area posted one of the largest job gains among large regions last year, the Labor Department said yesterday. With a 2.15 percent increase in jobs in December, compared with the previous December, Baltimore ranked ninth among the 39 metropolitan areas with average annual employment of more than 750,000. [Page 1d]

Uncertain technology sector

A month after being elected governor, Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. stood on a podium before several hundred people at a technology convention in downtown Baltimore and vowed greater support for the industry. Two years later, however, many in technology business - especially the life sciences - are uncertain about the state's progress in an area that has become increasingly competitive for job growth. [Page 1d]

Western Md. company to close

A travel-trailer manufacturer that employed nearly 300 people in Hancock announced yesterday that it will close - the third large employer reportedly shutting down in a Western Maryland area that until recently had been one of the hotter economic development areas in the state. Fleetwood Travel Trailers Enterprises Inc., one of Washington County's largest employers, said it would close its doors by April 1 and lay off 289 workers. [Page 1d]

TODAY

Aiding tsunami victims

Karen McClure, a 51-year-old Millersville family nurse practitioner who teaches at the University of Maryland Nursing School, was a part of a medical team dispatched to a refugee camp in Sri Lanka where tsunami victims sought aid. [Page 1e]

Martha Stewart's new job

When Martha Stewart is sprung from a federal prison in Alderson, W.Va., next month, she'll go straight to TV, starring in The Apprentice: Martha Stewart, an NBC spinoff of the Donald Trump reality series that will begin casting this week and could debut next fall. [Page 1e]

Schieffer to fill in for Rather

Dan Rather will be temporarily replaced with veteran Face the Nation host Bob Schieffer when Rather steps down next month as CBS Evening News anchor, the network said yesterday. [Page 3e]

TODAY ONLINE

STATE OF THE UNION

Read the full text of President Bush's State of the Union address at www.baltimoresun.com/bushtext

MARYLAND RECRUITING

Read Terps recruiting coordinator James Franklin's answers to your questions and read about Maryland's 2005 recruiting class at www.baltimoresun.com/college/football

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"The total [involved] in the process was unexpected."

Farid Ayar, spokesman for the Higher Independent Election Commission, speaking about the Iraqi elections (Article, Page 14A)

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