Sun News Digest


November 20, 2005


Germans say claims were hyped

German intelligence officials responsible for one of the most important informants on Iraq's suspected weapons of mass destruction say that the Bush administration and the CIA repeatedly exaggerated his claims during the run-up to the Iraq war. pg 1a

Bush arrives in China

Fresh from another vigorous defense of the Iraq war, President Bush arrived in China yesterday to defuse a host of tensions, even as many in Beijing argue that he will be able to apply little true pressure on the world's fastest-rising power. pg 21a

Iraq bombs kill at least 41

A suicide bomber detonated his car in a crowd of Shiite mourners north of Baghdad yesterday, killing at least 36 people and raising the death toll in two days of attacks against Shiites to more than 120. Five U.S. soldiers also were killed. pg 22a


Aide says Rice wasn't source

An aide for Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said yesterday that Rice was not the senior Bush administration official who told Washington Post editor Bob Woodward that the wife of White House critic Joseph C. Wilson IV worked for the CIA. pg 3a


Deals made in firebombing

Prosecutors have secretly obtained guilty plea agreements from three of the seven men charged in the January firebombing of a community activist's home in North Baltimore. The agreements require that the three men cooperate in the case against the four remaining defendants. pg 1b

Expansion proposed for mall

Towson Town Center would be expanded to include a large housewares store and up to three new restaurants, all with a "Main Street"-style facade, under a proposal submitted to Baltimore County officials and presented to community leaders. pg 6b


Workers scarce in exurb boom

Maryland's outlying counties are seeing strong employment gains on the heels of population booms. But this growth reveals a paradox: Worker shortages abound, even with all the newcomers. pg 1a

Online retailers gain a big day

Thanksgiving was once a lost day for most retailers who closed for the holiday. But now dozens of national chains such as Sears, Toys `R' Us and Wal-Mart Stores Inc. are planning special offers on their Web sites a day ahead of the traditional Black Friday rush. pg 1a


Boston College handles Terps

The Maryland football team made four turnovers - including three by quarterback Sam Hollenbach - in a 31-16 loss to No. 23 Boston College. The Terps need a win Saturday against North Carolina State to become eligible for a bowl game. pg 1d


TV's first Muslim hero

University of Maryland graduate Michael Ealy stars in a new Showtime program, Sleeper Cell. He's a practicing Muslim - a first for TV - and an undercover CIA agent who infiltrates an al-Qaida cell based in Los Angeles. pg 1e


Tennessee's riverfront revival

Once the dirtiest city in America because of its pollution, Chattanooga now sparkles along the Tennessee River. It's the birthplace of Moon Pie and miniature golf, and the tourists are pouring in. pg 1r


Of the day

"What's worse, giving your buddy a little burn while you save his life or doing nothing and letting him die?"

Sgt. 1st Class Gregory Wilson, urging the battlefield use of QuikClot, a product that stops massive bleeding but is believed to cause burns Article, PG 1A

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