Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

December 02, 2005

NATIONAL

Agency vows tighter lab rules

The accrediting agency responsible for the oversight of medical laboratories said yesterday that it will tighten rules for inspection and approval of thousands of labs around the world. 1a

Alito gets attention during lull

With senators home for the holidays and President Bush's Supreme Court pick, Samuel A. Alito Jr., biding his time until next month's hearings, opponents are using the lull to try to sway the public, and the Senate, to kill the nomination. pg 3a

Parks' role in boycott marked

About 2,000 children marched yesterday, singing "We Shall Overcome" as once-segregated Montgomery, Ala., marked the 50th anniversary of Rosa Parks' refusal to give up her bus seat to a white man, leading to a 381-day bus boycott. Parks died Oct. 24 in Detroit at age 92. pg 10a

WORLD

Planted stories an issue in Iraq

The White House said yesterday that it has demanded information from the Pentagon about a secret U.S. military offensive to plant stories in the Iraqi media. pg 13a

Suicide bombings decrease

Suicide bombings in Iraq fell in November to their lowest level in seven months, the American military said yesterday. But that has not resulted in less bloodshed: 85 U.S. troops died during the month, one of the highest tolls since the invasion. pg 13a

MARYLAND

City schools face pools crisis

With the high school swim-meet only season days away, Baltimore City school officials are scrambling to repair swimming pools at most of the city's 15 high schools, not one of which has a pool in working condition. pg 1a

Another Md. man dies in Iraq

Marine Cpl. Joshua D. Snyder of Hampstead died of wounds from small arms fire in Fallujah this week, the second graduate of Hereford High School to die in Iraq in five weeks. Snyder was a Hereford football teammate of Marine Lance Cpl. Norman Anderson III of Parkton, who was killed in October. pg 1b

TODAY

2 movies exceed the expected

The Squid and the Whale and First Descent open today in movie theaters . But they aren't about what you might expect. pg 1c

BUSINESS

DOW -- UP

+ 106.70

10,912.57

NASDAQ -- UP

+ 34.35

2,267.17

S&P -- UP

+ 15.19

1,264.67

SUN INDEX -- UP

+ 2.78

329.87

Legg Mason is a hot stock

Legg Mason Inc. stock has charged ever-higher since the Baltimore investment firm announced the deal it completed yesterday with Citigroup Inc. to become the fifth-largest money manager, reaching a peak of nearly $127 a share last week. pg 1a

U.S. shoppers favor discounters

U.S. consumers were bargain shoppers in November, shifting spending to retailers such as Wal-Mart Stores and J.C. Penney Co., which offered the deepest discounts and had the most aggressive marketing devices. pg 1e

SPORTS

Afleet Alex is retired

Afleet Alex, winner of this year's Preakness and Belmont Stakes, has been retired from racing and will stand at stud because of a newly discovered bone injury in the horse's left front leg. pg 1f

Terps women top Appalachian St.

Junior guard Shay Doron had 20 points last night at the Comcast Center to lead the No. 9 University of Maryland women over Appalachian State, 118-59. Maryland improved its record to 5-1. pg 6f

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"I plant them in the spring, I dig them in the fall, and in the winter I sell them as a symbol."

Bob Chance, owner of a Harford County tree farm, who doesn't care what people call the trees Article, PG 1a

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