Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

November 10, 2005

NATIONAL

Amtrak fires president

Amtrak's board fired the company's president, David L. Gunn, yesterday morning, widening a divide between the Bush administration and Congress over the future of the railroad. pg 3a

WORLD

Bombers attack in Jordan

Suicide bombers struck three hotels in Amman, Jordan, yesterday in nearly simultaneous attacks. At least 57 people were killed and dozens more were wounded. pg 1a

MARYLAND

Towson's MBA program

A state commission cleared the way yesterday for Towson University to begin offering an MBA program, rejecting protests by Morgan State University, which argued students should instead get their graduate business degrees at the historically black college. pg 1b

Charges in poker raid

City prosecutors announced yesterday that they would throw out the gambling charges against 80 poker players swept up in a recent police raid at a South Baltimore club because officers had used the wrong subsection of law in filling out the tickets they issued. pg 1b

SPORTS

Palmeiro suspects tainted B-12

Former Orioles star Rafael Palmeiro said he never knowingly took steroids but that he made "a foolish mistake" by injecting himself in April with a possibly tainted vitamin he got from a teammate without consulting a doctor first. pg 1e

TODAY

More sexual content on TV

The sex is hotter than ever on TV, says a report released yesterday by the Kaiser Family Foundation. Its survey found the number of televised scenes with sexual content has nearly doubled in the past seven years, from about 1,900 in 1998 to nearly 3,800 this year. pg 1c

2 from Md. win national honors

Two Marylanders will be among those singled out today as recipients of the National Humanities Medal and the National Medal of Arts, given to scholars, musicians, historians and others. Eva Brann, a professor at St. John's College in Annapolis, and Walter Berns, a Bethesda historian, will receive the humanities prize during Oval Office ceremonies. pg 2c

BUSINESS

DOW -- UP

+6.49

10,546.21

NASDAQ -- UP

+3.74

2,175.81

S&P -- UP

+2.06

1,220.65

SUN INDEX -- DOWN

-0.18

319.89

Oil industry chiefs testify

Energy prices shot up this year because short-term pressures led to low supplies and high demand, not because of price-gouging, oil industry executives told the U.S. Senate yesterday. But several senators chastised the chief executives of five major oil companies for being out of touch with average Americans burdened by higher gasoline and heating prices. pg 1a

Mutuals case could be near end

The mammoth legal battle over double-dealing and favoritism in the mutual fund industry, which is being heard in federal court in Baltimore, could be winding toward a settlement. pg 1d

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"What this is essentially about is the orchestras retaining their existence and their funding and their audience by inserting the equivalent of a wet T-shirt contest in once a week to get a different crowd coming in."

Rocker Ben Folds, on his performances this week with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.

Article, PG 1c

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