Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

November 23, 2005

NATIONAL

U.S. terror suspect indicted

Jose Padilla, a U.S. citizen whose more than three-year detention in a Navy brig without criminal charges has been a defining legal battle in the Bush administration's war on terrorism, was indicted by a federal grand jury in Miami. pg 1a

Troop withdrawals likely

Against a backdrop of calls from Iraqi leaders and the U.S. Congress to withdraw American troops, military officers and defense analysts said this week that reductions are likely in 2006 but Iraq will not be ready to take a lead role against insurgents before 2007. pg 3a

MARYLAND

Ehrlich transit budget assailed

Baltimore's transportation chief criticized the Ehrlich administration's spending plans yesterday, saying that a recent six-year capital budget proposal shows a lack of commitment to mass transit in the region. pg 1b

Death sentence appealed

Lawyers for death row inmate Wesley Eugene Baker filed court papers yesterday saying that the convicted killer's death sentence should be overturned because his attorneys at sentencing did not offer evidence of a troubled and abusive childhood. pg 4b

SPORTS

Terps defeat Chaminade, 98-69

The No. 23 Maryland men's basketball team dug out of an 11-point hole in the first half, then scored 23 straight unanswered points early in the second half to pull away from host Chaminade, 98-69, in the losers' bracket of the Maui Invitational. pg 1c

BUSINESS

DOW -- UP

+51.15

10,871.43

NASDAQ -- UP

+11.89

2,253.56

S&P -- UP

+6.38

1,261.23

SUN INDEX -- UP

+0.85

328.97

Solid yearly job growth in Md.

Maryland employers added a relatively slim 1,000 jobs last month as unemployment held steady at 4.1 percent, the Labor Department said yesterday. The state showed a solid gain of 51,800 jobs over the past 12 months, a figure that economists watch closely because they consider it a more reliable measure of local performance than monthly changes. pg 1d

WORLD

Tougher stance on gays

The Vatican is toughening its stand against gay candidates for the priesthood, specifying that men must overcome homosexual urges for at least three years before entering the clergy. pg 1a

Iraq car bomb kills 17

Insurgents staged a drive-by shooting yesterday to lure police to a liquor store in Kirkuk and then exploded a car bomb amid a police convoy, killing 17 people on a street packed with shoppers and rush-hour commuters. pg 11a

TODAY

Uncertain times in TV news

Ted Koppel's departure last night from Nightline - coupled with the recent retirements of Dan Rather and Tom Brokaw and the death of Peter Jennings - becomes one more event in a head-spinning turnover in the television news business. The exodus has networks reassessing plans for the future. pg 1e

For Dave, `Top 10 Don't' list

Over the years, David Letterman has constantly poked fun at Oprah Winfrey. So, now that Oprah has agreed to bury the hatchet and visit Letterman's show, it seems a good time to remind the Late Show host of a few things he shouldn't say. pg 1e

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"We're looking at a situation here where the demand is so enormous it caught the world by surprise. The demand is greater than Microsoft predicted."

Carlos de Leon, an Xbox product manager, on the first day of sales for Microsoft's new video game Article, PG 1A

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