Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

February 09, 2005

WORLD

Palestinians, Israelis in accord

Palestinian and Israeli leaders declared an end to "acts of violence" yesterday in a landmark meeting in Egypt, in hopes that the action will lead to a permanent peace. [Page 1a]

Rice asks Europe's help in Iraq

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice urged America's allies in Europe to put aside differences with the United States over Iraq and help the Bush administration press for democracy in the Muslim world. [Page 1a]

NATIONAL

GOP looks hard at Bush plan

Congressional Republicans expressed concern as they began searching for ways to achieve President Bush's overall deficit-reduction targets without harming such popular programs as farm subsidies, Amtrak and aid to states. [Page 3a]

Bush presses domestic agenda

In a speech to a Detroit business group, President Bush promoted his entire domestic agenda -- from an overhaul of Social Security to an austere budget -- as changes needed for faster job growth and economic expansion. [Page 3a]

Health care costs exploding

Boston University School of Public Health researchers say increased spending for health care is taking up about a quarter of the growth in the U.S. economy, and health-related items now amount to more than three times the defense budget and twice what the nation devotes to education. [Page 9a]

MARYLAND

BWI to test new screening device

A screening device was unveiled at Baltimore-Washington International Airport that blasts air on passengers as they pass through a portal, and tests for trace signs of explosives. The airport is one of eight in the nation selected to test the device, which will be used at BWI for passengers selected by airport security for further screening. [Page 1b]

Suspect, victim knew each other

Kevin J. Johns Jr., the twice-convicted killer who is a suspect in the strangling of another inmate on a prison bus, knew the victim since both were in their teens, according to court records and interviews. Johns and Philip E. Parker Jr., 20, who was killed last week, spent time in a state run program for youths with mental health problems. [Page 1b]

Clergy backs same-sex unions

More than 70 area clergy signed a letter endorsing the right of same-sex couples to marry or form civil unions. They said they want to counter conservative Christian groups pushing for a constitutional amendment that would ban gay marriage in Maryland. [Page 2b]

SPORTS

Maryland downs Virginia Tech

The Maryland men's basketball team ended a two-game Atlantic Coast Conference losing streak, defeating Virginia Tech, 86-71, at Comcast Center. Nik Caner-Medley scored a game-high 21 points to lead the Terps, and John Gilchrist added 19. [Page 1c]

Two Wizards named All-Stars

Forward Antawn Jamison and point guard Gilbert Arenas, who have helped transform the Washington Wizards into winners this season, were named All-Star Game reserves for the NBA's Eastern Conference. It was the first time that the club has had two All-Stars since the 1986-1987 season. [Page 1c]

McNabb was sick in final minutes

Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb was so worn down at the end of the Super Bowl on Sunday that he vomited in the huddle, a teammate said, a revelation that might explain the team's sluggish play in the final minutes. [Page 3c]

BUSINESS

GM plant in city will close in May

General Motors' Broening Highway assembly plant will make its last van May 13, company and union officials said. The plant's 1,100 workers were told of the official closing date yesterday, when the assembly line shut down briefly at 7:30 a.m. and a recorded message was broadcast. [Page 1a]

Redevelopment near landmark

City officials hope to breathe new life into the former Chesapeake Restaurant and other long-vacant properties that serve as the gateway to the Charles North neighborhood, part of the city's arts district near Pennsylvania Station and the Charles Theatre. The Baltimore Development Corp. is seeking developers to buy and redevelop properties there. [Page 1d]

W.R. Grace recovery now harder

The road to recovery for the bankrupt W.R. Grace & Co. was made tougher by an indictment this week alleging that it exposed a Montana town to asbestos for decades and will become steeper if the Columbia company takes a hard-line stance, experts said. [Page 1d]

TODAY

Infiltration of transgender world

In researching The Riddle of Gender, a history of transgender science and activism, Baltimore's Deborah Rudacille infiltrated the transgender world, where men and women transform themselves through hormonal, surgical and cosmetic means into members of the opposite sex. [Page 1e]

More is the way at Fashion Week

Past the midway point at Fashion Week in New York, designers have observers walking away with the idea that more is in for the fall -- more details, more fur, more layers and more texture. [Page 1e]

Slavery documentary airs tonight

The story of John Punch, a black indentured servant in 1640s Virginia, matters as much to U.S. history as that of Thomas Jefferson, planter and president. That's one of the tenets on which Slavery and the Making of America, a four-hour PBS documentary premiering tonight, is based. [Page 1e]

TODAY ONLINE

MIDDLE EAST CEASE-FIRE

See a video of Sun foreign editor Robert Ruby discussing the Middle East cease-fire. www.baltimoresun.com/mideast

NASCAR Q&A

Submit your questions about NASCAR and this Sunday's Daytona 500 to The Sun's award-winning auto racing writer Sandy McKee. www.baltimoresun.com/autoracing

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"I was about to finish my application today. I never expected to be lying here in the hospital."

Raid Mohammed, 20, an Iraqi police recruit wounded in a suicide-bomb attack (Article, Page 10A)

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