Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

October 11, 2005

NATIONAL

Beaten man denies claim

A retired elementary teacher who was repeatedly punched in the head by police in an incident caught on videotape said yesterday that he had not been drunk, put up no resistance and was baffled by what happened. pg 3a

WORLD

Quake relief begins arriving

Pakistan's army and international relief agencies delivered a first trickle of food, medicine and tents yesterday to some areas shattered by Saturday's earthquake, but most of the devastated region remained isolated by rockslides and broken bridges. On the third day of the disaster, its scale remained unknown. pg 12a

Merkel to become chancellor

After weeks of public bickering and quiet deals over late-night dinners, Germany soon will swear in its first female chancellor. The nation's political crisis eased yesterday when conservatives and liberals agreed to form a coalition government around Angela Merkel. pg 13a

MARYLAND

UM prof wins economics Nobel

Thomas C. Schelling, professor emeritus at the University of Maryland, was awarded the Nobel Prize in economics yesterday for his work in game theory. Schelling shared the prize with Robert Aumann of Hebrew University of Jerusalem. pg 1a

It's Navy site for horse park

A scenic and historic former dairy farm owned by the Naval Academy was chosen by the Maryland Stadium Authority yesterday as the first choice for a lavish Maryland Horse Park - but the decision has its critics. pg 1b

SPORTS

Beattie out; Flanagan promoted

Jim Beattie's three-year tenure as the Orioles' executive vice president of baseball operations will officially end Nov. 1, when Mike Flanagan moves up from vice president to assume Beattie's title and role in directing baseball matters. pg 1c

TODAY

A charm-less city

The Suffering: Ties that Bind, the first big-budget video game set in Baltimore, has arrived in stores, complete with obese green goblins and jumbo cockroaches. The question is: Just how does this awful fantasy stack up to the real thing? pg 1e

BUSINESS

DOW -- DOWN

-53.55

10,238.76

NASDAQ -- DOWN

- 11.43

2,078.92

S&P -- DOWN

-8.57

1,187.33

SUN INDEX -- DOWN

-1.17

317.62

Sales predictions full of hope

Consumer confidence recently posted its biggest monthly drop in 15 years. Gas prices remain high, and the impact of hurricanes Katrina and Rita linger. Yet in spite of that, holiday retail analysts are calling for a healthy increase this year, from 4 percent to 7 percent more than a year ago. pg 1d

Sabatini named HMO president

Nelson J. Sabatini, who retired as state health secretary a year ago, has become president of Care Improvement Plus, a startup Medicare HMO for people with chronic diseases. pg 1d

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"I saw worse than this in Baltimore."

Ed Norris, former police commissioner, on the new Baltimore-set video game The Suffering

Article, PG 1E

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IN TRAVEL

Complicating college life

Life among roommates in college dorms is as complicated as ever, but technology offers new ways to gripe about problems.

IN MODERN LIFE

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