Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

November 02, 2005

NATIONAL

Bush seeks anti-pandemic plan

President Bush called for a $7.1 billion plan to guard against an avian flu pandemic, calling for the stockpiling of 20 million doses of vaccine and enough antiviral drugs to protect health care and public safety workers in case of an outbreak. pg 1a

Senate holds rare secret session

Democrats forced the Republican-controlled Senate into a rare secret session yesterday to criticize President Bush's use of intelligence in the run-up to the war in Iraq, exposing deep partisan tensions as senators prepare to do battle over Bush's latest choice of the Supreme Court. pg 1a

WORLD

Syrian leaders quiet after order

Syrian leaders were largely quiet, a day after the United Nations Security Council ordered them to cooperate with the investigation into the assassination of Lebanon's former prime minister. pg 12a

Two Palestinian militants killed

A week after a suicide bombing in Israel killed five people, an Israeli strike killed two senior Palestinian militants in the northern Gaza Strip. pg 12a

MARYLAND

Student noise prompts city bill?

A City Council proposal to substantially increase penalties for excessive noise appears to have been prompted by complaints from North Baltimore residents about the actions of students from Loyola College and Towson University. One neighborhood association president says noise is the biggest problem his group is facing. pg 1b

Arguments heard on statement

Hearing an appeal filed by prosecutors in a high-profile Annapolis murder case, justices for the U.S. Supreme Court peppered both sides about the circumstances under which a murder suspect who has asked for a lawyer can later waive that right and confess to the crime. pg 1b

SPORTS

Phillies expected to hire Gillick

Pat Gillick, who was general manager of the Orioles when they reached the 1996 and 1997 American League Championship Series, will become the Philadelphia Phillies' general manager, a baseball official told the Associated Press. pg 4c

BUSINESS

DOW -- DOWN

- 33.30

10,406.77

NASDAQ -- DOWN

- 6.25

2,114.05

S&P -- DOWN

- 4.25

1,202.76

SUN INDEX -- DOWN

- 1.03

315.28

Court to hear `cybersmear' case

A Maryland appeals court will hear arguments today in a "cybersmear" case that could help determine when someone who makes an anonymous - and disparaging - Internet posting in chat rooms or on message boards could be unmasked. A decision could add to an emerging body of law shaping free-speech boundaries in the Internet age. pg 1a

TODAY

Boycott of doll company urged

The Pro-Life Action League, an anti-abortion group based in Chicago, said yesterday that American Girl - maker of dolls and books - should be boycotted over its donations to a nonprofit youth group that supports abortion rights. pg 1e

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"Pandemic influenza planning has come a long way, and we are more prepared today than we have been in the past."

Dr. Jean L. Taylor, head of Maryland's epidemiology and disease control program Article, PG 1a

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