Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

November 05, 2005

NATIONAL

Debating science class

Testimony concluded yesterday in a six-week trial that will determine whether a central Pennsylvania high school may introduce "intelligent design" to students, a case that could also influence science curriculums nationwide. U.S. District Judge John E. Jones III, who heard from 34 witnesses including scientists, school officials, board members and scholars during the nonjury trial, said yesterday he hoped to rule by year's end. pg 1a

Torture ban added to bill

At the urging of Sen. John McCain, the Senate added the ban on torture of prisoners of war by U.S. interrogators to a related defense bill as a backup yesterday. The ban would establish the Army Field Manual as the guiding authority in interrogations and prohibit "cruel, inhumane, and degrading treatment" of prisoners. The Bush administration has sought to exempt the CIA from the ban. pg 4a

WORLD

Protesters, police clash

More than 1,000 protesters who were angry about President Bush's policies clashed with police and burned businesses yesterday, marring the start of the Summit of the Americas in Argentina as leaders began debating creation of one of the world's largest free trade zones. pg 1a

MARYLAND

Poker players feel cheated

Some poker players netted in a police raid of a popular South Baltimore gambling club railed against what they called overzealous law enforcement officials. Further illustrating the confusion over gambling laws, police and prosecutors last night bickered over whether and how to proceed with charges against 80 people who were caught in a poker game raid at the Owl's Nest on Wednesday. pg 1a

City schools clean up

Addressing a decades-long safety hazard and looking for a way to make some extra cash, the Baltimore school system this week teamed up with city government to clean out the basements of 40 schools. All the trash will be recycled. Anything salvageable will be auctioned. pg 1b

SPORTS

Racing compromise in works

Two months after Magna Entertainment Corp. asked the Maryland Racing Commission to reduce the number of thoroughbred racing days in the state next year from 198 to 112, the two sides are working on a compromise that would allow between 170 and 180 racing days next year. pg 1c

BUSINESS

DOW -- UP

+8.17

10,530.76

NASDAQ -- UP

+9.21

2,169.43

S&P -- UP

+0.20

1,220.14

SUN INDEX -- DOWN

-0.30

319.78

Under Armour goes public

Under Armour Inc., the Baltimore sports apparel maker, expects to net $72.7 million from an initial public stock offering that would let the company cash out a major investor and make founder Kevin A. Plank a multimillionaire. pg 10c

TODAY

Making a date to shop

Last-minute date shopping is every stylish woman's worst nightmare. For a job interview, you'd buy a new suit. For a wedding, you would get a pretty dress. But when shopping for a first date, you have to find just the right outfit to give just the right impression. pg 1d

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"The unthinkable just doesn't seem all that far-fetched anymore."

Police Chief Merlin M. Evans, on increased security measures in the small Eastern Shore town of Ridgely

Article, PG 1a

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