Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

November 29, 2005

NATIONAL

Bush visit part of broad plan

President Bush's visit to Baltimore this week on his first Maryland swing of the 2006 campaign season is just one piece of a broader push to make Republican inroads in traditionally Democratic strongholds across the country, analysts and party strategists say. pg 1a

Justices rule against inmate

An appeals court was wrong to throw out the conviction and death sentence of a U.S.-British citizen in a fire that killed an Ohio toddler, the Supreme Court said yesterday in the second death-penalty ruling under new Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. to go against an inmate. pg 4a

WORLD

Hussein trial resumes, briefly

Saddam Hussein returned to court yesterday and quickly seized the floor by lecturing the chief judge about American military guards. The Iraqi High Tribunal resumed after a 40-day recess, then once again adjourned for a week to allow two defendants time to meet with new lawyers. pg 1a

U.S. mum on CIA prisoners

The Bush administration says it needs more time to respond to allegations of CIA secret jails and prisoner flights in Europe, the European Union's top justice official said yesterday. EU Justice and Home Affairs Commissioner Franco Frattini warned that any EU nation found to have hosted a covert jail could be punished. pg 10a

MARYLAND

Hickey youths wait in jail

As Maryland prepares to close most of the Charles H. Hickey Jr. School this week, it has developed a backlog of tough young offenders who are being held for weeks in juvenile jails while state officials struggle to find places to put them. pg 1a

Fire recovery plan set up

Annapolis officials have announced an aggressive schedule for rebuilding on the site of a five-alarm fire Friday. After weekend meetings, Mayor Ellen O. Moyer set a May target for reopening one refurbished building, making significant progress on another and having a plan in place for a damaged store that is being demolished. pg 1b

TODAY

Revenge of the Dundalk pinups

To some smug urbanites, the women of much-mocked Dundalk are all big-haired and low-rent. But Joe Giordano thinks that's hogwash, and he's defending his hometown's honor by shooting the "Girls of Dundalk" calendar. pg 1c

BUSINESS

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No yuan manipulation found

The Bush administration yesterday determined that China was not manipulating its currency to gain economic advantages but still pressed the Chinese to move more quickly to allow the yuan's value to be set by market forces. pg 1d

Ahold settles suit for $1.1 billion

Royal Ahold NV, which owns the Giant supermarket chain along with other retail operations worldwide, said yesterday it has agreed to pay $1.1 billion to settle a class action lawsuit brought by U.S. shareholders after its 2003 accounting scandal at Columbia-based U.S. Foodservice. pg 1d

SPORTS

O's among Konerko finalists

The Orioles, reportedly one of three teams still alive in the bidding for slugger Paul Konerko, the jewel of baseball's free-agent market, are expected to make an offer this week, perhaps for $60 million over five years. The Chicago White Sox and Los Angeles Angels are the other two reported finalists. pg 1e

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"I don't care if I'm in a dog food calendar. I am in a calendar and you're not. It doesn't matter. You can say you know a girl in a calendar."

Kimberlye Lamana, Miss November in the "Girls of Dundalk" calendar

Article, PG 1C

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