Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

October 25, 2005

NATIONAL

Rosa Parks dies at 92

Rosa Lee Parks, whose refusal to give up her bus seat to a white man in Montgomery, Ala., sparked the modern civil rights movement, died at home in Detroit yesterday. Her act of defiance to Jim Crow laws in 1955 that was to change the course of American history and earn her the title "mother of the civil rights movement." She was 92. pg 1a

WORLD

3 bombs hit Baghdad hotel

Three powerful vehicle bombs struck the Palestine Hotel in Baghdad yesterday, killing at least six people and injuring scores more. The Palestine is where many Western journalists are based in Iraq. pg 11a

MARYLAND

Girl bags first black bear

Hunting with her father, an 8-year-old girl used a rifle with a high-powered scope to shoot a 211-pound black bear yesterday near Oakland. It was the first recorded kill of Maryland's second black bear hunt in a half-century. pg 1a

Woman pleads guilty to abuse

A Dundalk woman charged with child abuse that resulted in the death of her 3-year-old son - just months after the unexplained death of her infant son - pleaded guilty yesterday to the most serious abuse charge against her. pg 1b

SPORTS

Ritterpusch gone from Orioles

Orioles executive vice president Mike Flanagan requested and received the resignation of director of baseball information systems Dave Ritterpusch, whose advocacy of psychological testing and evaluation was considered a distraction within the organization. pg 1e

BUSINESS

DOW -- UP

+169.78

10,385.00

NASDAQ -- UP

+33.62

2,115.83

S&P -- UP

+19.79

1,199.38

SUN INDEX -- DOWN

-0.93

316.63

Bernanke named head of Fed

Ben Bernanke, a plain-speaking former economics professor, was named by President Bush yesterday to be the next chairman of the Federal Reserve, the most influential economic policy job in the world. Bernanke would succeed Alan Greenspan, whom Bush called a "legend." pg 1a

Venture capital pours into Md.

Venture capitalists pumped more than $116 million into Maryland companies in the third quarter, a gain of 46 percent over the second quarter, even as funding levels slipped nationwide with increased investments in state-based biotechnology, medical device and health care services firms leading the advance, according to a report yesterday. pg 1d

TODAY

Televised acts of kindness

John Chester and Andre Miller have been driving around the Baltimore area for almost a decade doing good deeds for strangers without notice. Beginning Nov. 1, they'll be starring in a new A&E channel reality show, Random 1. pg 1c

Musical sets records

The little-known musical The Last Five Years, which ended its extended, seven-week run at Everyman Theatre last week, broke the house records for number of tickets sold and box office receipts, the theater reported. pg 1c

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"We're finding that ... a crackhead in Louisville is pretty much like a crackhead in Baltimore."

John Chester, Baltimore filmmaker, of the new reality show "Random 1," about doing random good deeds around the country Article, PG 1C

Up next

Tomorrow

A look at Baltimore's markets

Cross Street market opens after a renovation, but what's the role of the city markets in a time of supermarkets, specialty stores and farmers markets?

IN TASTE

At home commuting

Higher gasoline prices and ever-improving technology are pushing more workers and their companies to embrace telecommuting.

IN WORKING

ONLINE

TODAY

BLOODY DAY IN IRAQ

Three large explosions rocked Baghdad's Palestine Hotel as the death toll in fighting continues to climb. Developments and archived coverage at www.baltimoresun.com/mondaybiz

ASK CAL

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