Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

February 06, 2005

NATIONAL

President makes his pitch

On the road, President Bush uses all the weapons in his political arsenal to sell his Social Security overhaul to the public and fence-sitting lawmakers. He knows it will be an uphill struggle, even with the machinery of the Republican National Committee. [Page 1a]

New York warms to smoking ban

When New York City banned indoor smoking in public places, owners of bars and restaurants declared that it spelled the end of business. But after two successful years under the ban, many have become converts of a smoke-free environment. [Page 8a]

WORLD

Rice criticizes Russian crackdown

Continuing her European tour yesterday, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice criticized Russia's crackdown on dissent, telling a top Russian envoy that it was making Russian-American relations more difficult. But she also said the United States had no plans to isolate the country because of its anti-democratic actions. [Page 17a]

Sunni politicians signal interest

Facing the increasing likelihood of a Shiite-dominated government, some Sunni politicians hinted yesterday that they would be willing to work within the Iraqi government. But insurgents continued their campaign of violence, killing three U.S. troops and at least 33 Iraqis in attacks. [Page 18a]

MARYLAND

Frosh seeks outside inquiry

Prison officials say the internal investigators looking into the death of an inmate last week are conducting an independent inquiry, but critics argue that using an outside agency would eliminate any hint of bias. Sen. Brian E. Frosh has introduced a bill requiring the state police to investigate inmate deaths in or outside state-run prisons. [Page 1a]

AIDS toll rises among blacks

Tomorrow is Black AIDS Day, designated by activists to draw attention to the scourge of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in black America. Although blacks make up about 65 percent of Baltimore's population, they account for 89 percent of the AIDS cases, according to state officials. [Page 1b]

SPORTS

Terps fall in OT at Miami

Will Frisby made two free throws with 0.8 of a second left in overtime to lift host Miami past No. 22 Maryland, 75-73. Guillermo Diaz nearly won the game for the Hurricanes at the end of regulation, but his three-pointer came after the buzzer. Chris McCray scored 20 of his career-high 23 points for the Terps (13-7 overall, 4-5 Atlantic Coast Conference) after halftime. [Page 1d]

S. Young, Marino lead Hall class

Steve Young and Dan Marino, star quarterbacks from the NFL's modern era, were elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. They were joined by quarterback Benny Friedman and running back/coach Fritz Pollard from the game's formative years. [Page 7d]

Malibu Moonshine wins at Laurel

Malibu Moonshine, owned by 90-year-old Woodrow Marriott, took the Miracle Wood Stakes at Laurel Park. Malibu Moonshine, an early contender for the Preakness, completed the mile in 1 minute, 40.25 seconds, earning his fourth victory in seven starts. [Page 17d]

BUSINESS

Allfirst shareholders file suit

Three years after one of the largest bank frauds in U.S. history led to the end of Allfirst Financial Inc., the rogue trader at the center of that scandal is the only one from the former Baltimore bank who has faced a day in court. That may soon change with a lawsuit this week from shareholders. [Page 1a]

New breaks for taxpayers

It's tax season again. Last fall, Congress passed two major tax bills with big names that are easy to forget. But taxpayers should remember that there are new tax breaks available as they prepare their returns, allowing them to keep more money in their pockets. [Page 1c]

ARTS & SOCIETY

Failed assassin finds his audience

Thirty-one years after an almost forgotten attempt to assassinate President Richard Nixon, the story of a lonely, unemployed tire salesman named Samuel Byck has been resurrected on film as a foreshadowing of Sept. 11. [Page 6e]

HOME & FAMILY

Support for and from mothers

Since it was founded in Prince George's County in 1997, Mocha Moms, a group for stay-at-home African-American mothers, has spread across the country, attracting more than 2,000 members. Mocha Moms provides support for a minority within a minority: African-American women putting careers on hold to spend time with their children. [Page 1n]

TRAVEL

Philadelphia, off camera

MTV's Real World is currently airing from Philadelphia, home of the Eagles and the cheese steak. But cast members of the reality TV series seem to spend most of their time in bed, in bars or in the hot tub, missing out on the splendors of the real City of Brotherly Love. [Page 1r]

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"Do you know how embarrassing it is? I'm a policeman, and I couldn't leave my home, much less protect my neighbors."

Palestinian police Lt. Saifaldeen al-Saidy, on the lack of government authority in Gaza over the past four years (Article, Page 1A)

TODAY ONLINE

SUPER BOWL XXXIX

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MOCHA MOMS

See a video clip of Sun family-life writer Kate Shatzkin discussing her Home & Family article on Mocha Moms. www.baltimoresun.com/mochamoms

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