Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

February 07, 2005

NATIONAL

Bush aims to tighten spendingWhen President Bush sends an austere budget to Capitol Hill today, it will be received by lawmakers who are worried about the record deficit, anxious to rein in spending and nervous about how they can eliminate federal programs without suffering political consequences. Bush's budget is expected to propose flat domestic spending levels, not counting funds needed for homeland security or the war in Iraq. [Page 3a]

Rumsfeld speaks on Iraq's future

Iraq will need time to build forces sufficient to handle a potential threat from its neighbors even after Baghdad proves capable of overcoming the insurgency at home, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said yesterday. Both Rumsfeld and Vice President Dick Cheney, in comments during talk shows, also brushed off concern that Islam could guide Iraq's new government. [Page 3a]

FOR THE RECORD - In some editions yesterday, a Sun News Digest item about a Loyola College men's basketball game misspelled the name of Loyola player Linton Hinds.

WORLD

Insurgents attack police station

Insurgents attacked a police station south of Baghdad yesterday, killing 22 Iraqi police and soldiers, police said. Gunmen seized four Egyptian technicians in Baghdad in the second kidnapping of foreigners in the Iraqi capital within a week. [Page 1a]

Rice puts pressure on Israel

The United States will ask Israelis to make "hard decisions" in their effort toward peace with the Palestinians, and both sides must live up to their promises, Condoleezza Rice said yesterday during her first trip to the Middle East as secretary of state. Rice's two-day visit to Israel and the West Bank headquarters of the newly elected Palestinian government is meant to nudge both sides to take hold of what Rice called "a time of opportunity" and end four years of war. [Page 9a]

Togo amends constitution

Togo's parliament hastily amended the constitution yesterday to put a legal veneer on the military's appointment of 39-year-old Faure Gnassingbe to replace his deceased father as president, voiding the need for new elections until 2008. [Page 12a]

MARYLAND

Slots debate begins anew

The debate over slot machines in Maryland begins anew this week, when the state Senate launches discussions on the third iteration of Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.'s gambling plan. The Senate twice has approved versions of a slots-at-racetracks proposal, but similar legislation twice has died in the House. [Page 1a]

Section 8 cuts to hit city hard

Baltimore will lose nearly $11 million in federal housing subsidies this year because of tighter spending limits that will also lead to substantial cuts in the region's more prosperous counties. The impact of cuts to the federal Section 8 subsidized housing program will be greatest in Baltimore City, and in prosperous counties like Howard, Anne Arundel and Montgomery. [Page 1b]

Convict is suspect in bus killing

Kevin G. Johns Jr., a convicted killer who recently received a life sentence for killing his cellmate, is a suspect in the prison bus slaying of a 20-year-old inmate who testified about him in a Hagerstown court last week, according to a law enforcement source close to the investigation. [Page 1b]

SPORTS

Patriots win dynasty status

The New England Patriots won their third Super Bowl in four years with a dominant second half, wearing down the Philadelphia Eagles, 24-21. It wasn't overpowering, and at times it was downright ugly. But it was more than enough to match the Dallas Cowboys' run of the 1990s and certify the Patriots of Bill Belichick and Tom Brady as the NFL's latest dynasty. [Page 1d]

Canseco names names in book

Jose Canseco says in his book that he injected Mark McGwire with steroids and introduced several other sluggers - including the Orioles' Rafael Palmeiro - to the drugs, the New York Daily News reported. The long-awaited Juiced: Wild Times, Rampant `Roids, Smash Hits, and How Baseball Got Big is scheduled for release by Regan Books on Feb. 21. [Page 1d]

Loyola upsets Manhattan

Linton Hands tied a career high with 18 points while teammate Bernard Allen added 14 points and 16 rebounds to help Loyola upset Manhattan, 77-70. The win ended a six-game losing streak for Loyola (4-17) and was one of the school's biggest in recent years. Manhattan (10-11) is the two-time defending Metro Atlantic Athletic champion. [Page 4d]

TODAY

Baby Phat opens Fashion Week

Fashion Week began here officially Friday morning. But it didn't jump off until Saturday night. Designer Kimora Lee Simmons' Baby Phat show is what many expect to be the biggest, wildest, most-over-the-top fashion show at this week's exhibition of top American designers' fall collections. The Baby Phat show is how fashion-watchers know that Fashion Week has begun. [Page 1c]

Barenberg Building up for face-lift

With its rounded corner, rusticated base and deep-set windows, the Barenberg Building at 100 Park Ave. is one of the most distinctive structures on the west side of downtown Baltimore. It's going to stand out more after a $150,000 face-lift designed to return its stone and brick exterior to the way it looked before the Great Fire of 1904. [Page 1c]

`Boogeyman' tops box office

Movie-goers showed that they weren't afraid of the Boogeyman, pushing the horror flick to the top of the weekend box office with a $19.5 million debut. Spider-Man director Sam Raimi's film about a man who tries to overcome his fear of what's lurking in the closet by spending a night in his boyhood home beat romantic comedy The Wedding Date, which opened at No. 2 with $11 million, according to studio estimates yesterday. [Page 3c]

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