Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

February 13, 2005

NATIONAL

Sentencing guidelines

In light of a Supreme Court ruling that relaxed criminal sentencing guidelines, federal judges face difficult new sentencing questions and pressures that could take years to resolve. [Page 1a]

Dean leads Democrats

Howard Dean took the reins of the Democratic National Committee yesterday, pledging to reinvigorate his party on the national level. [Page 3a]

WORLD

Moscow loses pieces of history

Moscow is in the midst of an architectural revolution: In the past dozen years, 500 historic buildings have been demolished, including about 50 listed as architectural monuments. [Page 4a]

Car bombing in Iraq kills 17

Seventeen people were killed in a car bombing south of Baghdad, and a prominent judge was assassinated in Basra, as Iraqi election officials said they would announce the final results of the Jan. 30 vote today. [Page 18a]

MARYLAND

Quarry debate continues

A plan to consolidate two piles of mining waste into a single, 150-foot mountain in a rock quarry near Havre de Grace has been questioned by area residents, who say the material contains crystalline silica, which some experts say can damage lungs. Company officials say that the move would be safe and that air tests show the silica level at the quarry to be well below the range commonly found in most urban and rural environments. A final hearing on the plan is scheduled for Feb. 23. [Page 1b]

Ex-official faults hiring system

The fired personnel chief for the state transportation department urged state lawmakers yesterday to investigate the Ehrlich administration's hiring practices, claiming that political staffers have established a parallel hiring system that dispenses jobs and salary increases to favored appointees while wrecking the morale of career employees. [Page 1b]

BUSINESS

Maryland's self-employed

People who work for themselves make up a fast-growing portion of Maryland's population thanks to technology and a changing economy that has encouraged many workers to go it alone. [Page 1c]

SPORTS

Terps finish sweep of Duke in OT

Maryland rallied from a nine-point second-half deficit, then beat No. 7 Duke in overtime, 99-92, before an energized crowd at Comcast Center. Fans stormed the court after the victory, which made the Terps the first Atlantic Coast Conference team to complete a season sweep of the Blue Devils since 1995-96. [Page 1d]

Loyola wins third in row, 73-64

Shane James scored 19 points as Loyola College defeated visiting Iona, 73-64, for its first three-game winning streak in six years. The Gaels had beaten the Greyhounds 15 straight times. [Page 7d]

Coppin moves into first place

Coppin State knocked visiting Delaware State out of first place and took over the top spot in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference by holding off the Hornets, 71-63. [Page 8d]

Timberwolves fire Saunders

Minnesota Timberwolves vice president of basketball operations Kevin McHale fired Flip Saunders and took over the coaching duties. [Page 9d]

Iverson's 60 lift Sixers, 112-99

Allen Iverson scored 60 points, a career high and the most in the NBA this season, to lead the Philadelphia 76ers past the Orlando Magic, 112-99. [Page 10d]

ARTS & SOCIETY

Pop stars play it cool

Maybe it was the war and bitter election campaign; maybe it was just another inevitable cycle in the pop music industry playing out. But this year's Grammy Awards reflect a year in which pop's hottest stars cooled out, keeping their sounds and their looks safe and serene. Plus: critic Rashod Ollison's Grammy picks. [Page 6e]

HOME & FAMILY

Creative weddings

These days many brides and grooms are rejecting traditional ways of getting married in favor of a wedding that reflects their personalities, interests and ethnic heritage. The emphasis is on creativity and personal style. [Page 1n]

Love don't cost a thing

So you forgot Valentine's Day? Here are 10 things you can do for free with and for your true love. [Page 5n]

TRAVEL

California dreamin'

If February in Baltimore is getting you down, consider a getaway to sunny San Diego, Southern California's hip and reasonably priced city. [Page 1r]

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"We didn't have a big wedding. We didn't have time between our jobs, her kids, my kids. It was nice to do this for Valentine's Day."

Larry Twigg of Glen Burnie, who renewed his wedding vows with his wife, Amy, yesterday at an event at a Baltimore ice rink. (Article, Page 1B)

TODAY ONLINE

GRAMMYS

Read about this year's Grammy Awards nominees and see the names of tonight's award winners as they are announced at www.baltimoresun.com/grammys

IS SAMMY A FAVORITE SON?

See a video of Sun sports writer Kevin Van Valkenburg discussing the Orioles' Sammy Sosa's reputation in his native Dominican Republic. www.baltimoresun.com/sosa

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