Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

December 04, 2005

Quote of the day

"Not that I believe all prosecutors are racists ... but I do believe that somewhere in our psyche, something tells us that white-victim cases are more serious or more deserving of punishment."

Gary W. Christopher, federal public defender, on the role of race in capital punishment Article, PG 1A

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NATIONAL

Fewer children are uninsured

The number of American children without health care coverage has been slowly but steadily declining over the past several years even as health care costs continue to rise and fewer employers provide insurance. pg 7a

Children's bodies identified

Two small bodies found buried off Interstate 80 near Hudson, Ohio, with duct-tape crosses over them were identified yesterday as the New Hampshire siblings killed by their father 2 1/2 years ago, authorities announced. pg 10a

WORLD

Reputed al-Qaida chief killed

An Egyptian believed to be commander of al-Qaida international operations was killed last week in Pakistan's mountainous border region near Afghanistan, Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf said yesterday. pg 20a

Bomb kills 19 Iraqi soldiers

Nineteen Iraqi army soldiers were killed and four wounded yesterday when insurgents exploded a roadside bomb to cripple an army convoy northeast of Baghdad and then opened fire on the patrol, police said. pg 20a

MARYLAND

Two homeless men die

Two homeless men died and a third was hospitalized in critical condition yesterday after spending a freezing night on a downtown Baltimore street corner, authorities said. The three men were found yesterday morning huddled under coats and blankets at Pratt and Eutaw streets. pg 1b

Light rail stretch reopens

Light rail train service between Timonium and Baltimore's North Avenue is scheduled to resume today after nearly a year of track construction. The 4.3-mile stretch has been closed since January as part of a $207 million project to transform most of the 30-mile system into a faster, two-track network. pg 1b

SPORTS

USC, Texas set up showdown

No. 1 Southern California routs UCLA, 66-19, and No. 2 Texas crushes Colorado, 70-3, to cap unbeaten regular seasons and clinch spots in the national championship game in the Rose Bowl on Jan. 4. pgs 1d, 7d

A&E TODAY

Artwork brought to light

A previously unknown work by Henry Ossawa Turner, the acclaimed 19th century African-American painter, gets its first public display Wednesday in a new exhibit at the Baltimore Museum of Art. The Good Shepherd was probably completed in the 1880s or 1890s. pg 1e

MODERN LIFE

Party on, bashful

It's the festive time of year, but not everybody looks forward to all those holiday parties. Forced merriment and heightened expectations can make the endless string of fetes excruciating, but experts have advice on navigating the social terrain. pg 1n

TRAVEL

Pampered in Pennsylvania

The posh Nemacolin resort in western Pennsylvania sets high standards to go along with its high prices. There are bike tours, Hummer wrangling, dog-sledding and sleigh rides for the adventurous; tea and art tours for the sedate. pg 1r

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