Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

December 01, 2005

WORLD

Iraqi insurgents targeted

U.S. and Iraqi troops launched a joint operation yesterday in an area west of Baghdad used to rig car bombs, while American soldiers rounded up 33 suspected insurgents in a sweep of southern parts of the capital. pg 10a

1st partial face transplant

Doctors in France said they had performed the world's first partial face transplant, forging into a risky medical frontier with their operation on a woman disfigured by a dog bite. pg 10a

MARYLAND

Overtime costs could double

Baltimore is on pace to spend twice as much on employee overtime as planned, largely because of expanded police work. Mayor Martin O'Malley says overtime may be less expensive than more hiring, but City Councilman Kenneth N. Harris Sr. calls the overrun "ludicrous and irresponsible." pg 1a

BDC opens meeting to public

Next week's planned closed meeting of the Baltimore Development Corp. is closed no more. Under pressure, the BDC has agreed to open to the public the session on the future of a valuable waterfront property along Key Highway and post its presentation on the Internet after the meeting. pg 1a

SPORTS

Konerko signs with White Sox

Paul Konerko, the most prominent free-agent hitter available in baseball, signed a five-year, $60 million deal with the world champion Chicago White Sox one day after rejecting a five-year, $65 million offer from the Orioles. pg 1c

BUSINESS

DOW -- DOWN

-82.29

10,805.87

NASDAQ -- UP

+0.11

2,232.82

S&P -- DOWN

-8.00

1,249.48

SUN INDEX -- UP

+0.07

327.09

Gold prices concern consumers

The recent surge in gold prices may have some people second-guessing whether to buy that special someone a gleaming new watch or bangle bracelets, but experts said there's no need to worry about escalating jewelry costs - at least not yet. pg 1d

Nonprofit leaders plan exit

Nearly two-thirds of the nation's nonprofit chief executives are planning to leave their posts by 2009, a sea change spurred on by baby boomer retirements, according to a survey released yesterday by the Baltimore-based Annie E. Casey Foundation. pg 1d

TODAY

`Black Nativity' at Morgan

For many in the African-American community, writer Langston Hughes' gospel-song play Black Nativity is a holiday performance tradition on parallel with the Nutcracker Suite and A Christmas Carol. Starting today at Morgan State University, students, community members and a local clergyman will present six performances. pg 1e

NATIONAL

Bush speaks at Naval Academy

President Bush declared yesterday that he had a clear strategy for victory in Iraq, seeking to quiet calls for a U.S. withdrawal with a speech at the Naval Academy that drew harsh attacks from critics who said he had offered no new details. pg 1a

Abortion pill investigation

Government investigators studying the deaths of four California women who took the RU-486 abortion pill played down the risks to other users and said the fatal infection that caused the deaths wasn't particular to women taking the drug. pg 3a

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"Our goal is a safe, warm place and two meals. This is not the way I would design it, if I had the choice and more money. We are making the best of what is not a good set of options."

Richard P. Doran of the Community Assistance Network, on a Catonsville homeless shelter

Article, PG 2b

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IN TRAVEL

Party anxiety

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IN MODERN LIFE

ONLINE

TODAY

BUSH ON IRAQ

For recent developments and archived coverage of the war in Iraq:

baltimoresun.com/iraq

RAVENS PREVIEW

Listen to Sun sports reporter Jamison Hensley discuss the coming Ravens-Texans game:

baltimoresun.com/hensley

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