Sun News Digest


February 05, 2005


Cigarette makers win in court

A federal appeals court ruled that the Justice Department can't seek $280 billion that it alleges the tobacco industry earned through fraud, a big victory for U.S. cigarette makers. [Page 1a]

Bush wants 5% more for defense

President Bush will unveil a budget Monday that calls for spending nearly 5 percent more on defense next year. The plan also calls for an increasing in the size of Pell Grants for low-income college students. [Page 3a]


Germans to help more in Iraq

In a trip to Europe, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice secured an agreement from German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder to help more with Iraq, and commented on relations with Iran, saying military action is "is simply not on the agenda." [Page 1a]

Shiites make gains in Iraq vote

A Shiite coalition continued to gain in vote counting in Iraq. Also in the country, an American soldier was killed, and an Italian journalist was kidnapped in Baghdad. [Page 10a]


Bus separates dangerous inmates

The type of prison bus on which a inmate was killed this week had two segregation cages set aside for especially dangerous prisoners, said former inmates. But state correctional authorities would not say whether a mentally disturbed inmate who had just been convicted of killing a cellmate was separated from other prisoners. [Page 1b]


Ex-boxer Schmeling dead at 99

Max Schmeling, a German heavyweight champion who fought Joe Louis in two politically charged bouts on the eve of World War II, died Wednesday. He was 99. Schmeling once hid a Jewish family from the Nazis and infuriated Adolf Hitler by refusing to fire his Jewish-American manager. [Page 1a]

Ravens' J. Lewis reports to prison

Trading his purple No. 31 jersey for an institutional khaki No. 55612-019, Ravens running back Jamal Lewis reported to Federal Prison Camp in Pensacola, Fla., to begin serving a four-month sentence for using a cell phone to assist a drug deal. [Page 1c]

Super Bowl available on HDTV

In a last-minute deal, Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc. said it has agreed in principle with Comcast Corp. to a deal that will enable cable subscribers in Baltimore and Baltimore County to watch tomorrow's Super Bowl in high-definition television. [Page 1c]


Payrolls show sluggish growth

U.S. company payrolls grew by a sluggish 146,000 jobs in January, showing their reluctance to bulk up work forces and highlighting the challenges faced by job seekers. However, the nation has now recouped all the jobs lost since the start of the 2001 recession. [Page 10c]

Kellogg licenses Martek product

Kellogg Co., the Battle Creek, Mich.-based cereal maker, has licensed a new dietary aid from Martek Biosciences Corp. of Columbia and plans to include it in foods. The deal will bring Martek, whose DHA product is in most of the world's infant formula, another step closer toward its goal of turning DHA into the next calcium. [Page 10c]


Teen takes to stage with BSO

Today, Colin Stoke, 17, will share the stage with Yo-Yo Ma during the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra's opening of Strathmore Hall. There also will be six other cellists, three of whom were students who had competed with Stoke for the honor of playing with the Grammy Award-winning cellist. [Page 1d]

First lady kicks off Fashion Week

First lady Laura Bush kicked off Fashion Week in New York, sitting in the front row of one show between the two designers responsible for her inauguration week look: Oscar de la Renta and Carolina Herrera. She also gave a speech to the crowd about women's cardiac health, one of her issues. [Page 1d]

`Father of Black History Month'

Carter G. Woodson Elementary School in Baltimore's Cherry Hill neighborhood honors the memory of Woodson, who has been called the "Father of Black History Month," a version of which began in 1926. Fifty-one years later, it was expanded to include the month of February. [Page 4d]


"We've had celebrities before, and in most cases they've had a pretty seamless transition. That doesn't mean someone might not ask them for an autograph."

Daniel Dunne, Bureau of Prisons spokesman, on Ravens running back Jamal Lewis reporting to a federal prison camp. (Article, Page 1C)



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