Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

December 05, 2005

NATIONAL

Post-Sept. 11 inaction faulted

The United States is at great risk for more terrorist attacks because Congress and the White House have failed to enact several strong security measures, members of the former Sept. 11 commission said yesterday. pg 3a

Poverty funds in cross hairs

Lawmakers returning to Capitol Hill this week face a bruising fight over whether to curtail poverty programs. pg 3a

WORLD

Allawi pelted at Iraqi shrine

One of Iraq's most prominent politicians, Ayad Allawi, and his entourage were pelted with rocks and shoes yesterday as they left a shrine in Najaf, escalating tensions between religious and secular Shiite Muslim factions 11 days before parliamentary elections that will set the country's course for the next four years. pg 1a

U.N. voting official to be fired

The head of the U.N. elections agency acknowledged yesterday that she expected to receive a dismissal notice today and vowed to resist the move, which would come a week before crucial elections her office is overseeing in Iraq. pg 7a

MARYLAND

Bills target sex offenders

Sex offenders living in Maryland would be more closely supervised, and for longer periods, under legislation that Maryland's attorney general plans to introduce this week. The legislation also calls upon state officials to hold community meetings to inform neighbors where sex offenders are living and to notify residents directly about sex offenders living nearby. pg 1b

Owens' junkets total $70,000-plus

Since June 2004, Anne Arundel County Executive Janet S. Owens has traveled at taxpayer expense to Finland, Russia, Denmark, China, back to Denmark and once more to China. In a span of 16 months, she and other county representatives have spent more than $70,000 during four trips to promote the county's economic development abroad. pg 1b

TODAY

Young virtuoso shares wisdom

Chinese piano star Lang Lang dispensed advice with the wit and wisdom of a graying veteran in a visit Friday with students at the Baltimore School for the Arts. But at the ripe age of 23, he's not much older than his audience, which seemed equally awed and charmed. pg 1c

Humiliation has its rewards

Dr. Miracle's - an African-American hair care company - persuaded dozens of women to come out Saturday to Mondawmin Mall with out-of-control hair. The draw? A free relaxer and a chance to compete in the Bad Hair Day Model Contest. pg 1c

SPORTS

USC, Texas to play in Rose Bowl

There's little controversy in the choices for the Bowl Championship Series: Southern California and Texas will meet for the national championship in the Rose Bowl on Jan. 4. pg 1d

GAMEDAY

Ravens edge Texans, 16-15

Matt Stover kicked a 38-yard field goal with six seconds remaining to give the Ravens a 16-15 victory at home over the Houston Texans, the team with the worst record in the NFL. pg 1e

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"More than four years after 9/11 ... people are not paying attention. God help us if we have another attack."

Thomas H. Kean, chairman of the former Sept. 11 commission

Article, PG 3A

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