Sun News Digest


November 27, 2005


Medicare decoder has a hitch

Federal officials say they've developed a new system to help seniors navigate the hopelessly complex Medicare prescription drug plan. There's just one catch: The new system uses the Internet - something fewer than one-third of elderly Americans have ever done. pg 3a

Fewer protesters in Crawford

A repeat of the summer's dueling rallies against the war and in support of President Bush drew smaller crowds to Crawford, Texas, yesterday. Cindy Sheehan, whose son Casey died in Iraq, called on her supporters to resume their protest of the war this week. pg 3a


Gaza gate opens to Palestinians

Hundreds of Palestinians in Gaza zipped through passport control yesterday without having to submit to Israeli security checks, savoring their new freedom after 38 years of military occupation. Palestinians are in charge, with backup from European monitors. pg 20a

China sets cleanup deadline

Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao ordered local leaders to clean up toxic benzene by tonight from the river that provides water for the northeast city of Harbin. Yesterday was the fourth day residents spent without water in freezing weather. pg 9a


Upheaval in school staff

Baltimore schools chief Bonnie S. Copeland has replaced much of her senior staff in recent months - including three of her top four deputies - changes she describes as normal for an urban school system. Critics, however, say the changes have brought instability to the system. pg 1b

Protesters try to halt execution

Nine days before Wesley Eugene Baker could be executed for the 1991 shooting of a Baltimore County woman in front of her grandchildren, death penalty opponents gathered outside the governor's mansion in Annapolis to protest the scheduled execution and call for an end to capital punishment in Maryland. pg 1b


Terps' season ends with loss

After leading by four at halftime, the Maryland football team lost, 20-14, to North Carolina State. With a win, the Terps would have become bowl-eligible for the fourth time in five years. Instead, the Terps fell to 5-6 and ended their season. pg 1d


Charles Street Temple reborn

The doors to the lavish former Masonic Temple on Charles Street are open to the public, now that the building has been turned into a catering facility and meeting hall known as The Tremont Grand. At $14 million, it's the most expensive privately funded restoration of a historic building in Maryland. pg 1e


Bridging the tech divide

From game players and preschoolers to people who break out in hives at the mention of USB or MP3, there are holiday gifts for the high- and low-tech people on your list. Along with new gizmos, classic gifts have been brought up to date in their own ways. pg 1n


Teetotalers guide to Dublin

It may be known for its 1,000 pubs, but tourists can easily enjoy the bustling capital of Ireland without imbibing. Try Phoenix Park, the largest urban park in Europe, with 1,750 acres and its own herd of deer. pg 1r


Of the day

"This is probably one of the happiest days of my life next to, I don't know, Atlanta losing the Super Bowl. I love you, sweetheart."

Staff Sgt. Christopher Bowden in Kuwait speaking to his bride in Colorado during their videoconference wedding ceremony Article, PG 13A

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