Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

December 06, 2005

MARYLAND

Wesley Baker is executed

Thirteen years after he was convicted of murdering a woman on a shopping trip to a Baltimore County mall with two of her grandchildren, Wesley Eugene Baker was executed last night by lethal injection. Baker, 47, was the fifth person put to death in Maryland since the U.S. Supreme Court reinstated capital punishment in 1976. pg 1a

Arson brings 20-year sentence

The alleged ringleader in a brazen act of arson that burned houses in a predominantly black housing development in Charles County was sentenced yesterday to nearly 20 years in federal prison. Two co-defendants who pleaded guilty received substantially lesser sentences. pg 1b

NATIONAL

Most DeLay charges stand

A judge dismissed a conspiracy charge yesterday against Rep. Tom DeLay but refused to throw out more serious allegations of money-laundering, dashing the Texas congressman's hopes for now of reclaiming his post as House majority leader. pg 1a

Chertoff plans FEMA reforms

Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff said that he is planning to "re-engineer" the beleaguered Federal Emergency Management Agency, which has continued to come in for harsh criticism for its response to Hurricane Katrina. pg 2a

WORLD

Turmoil at Hussein tribunal

Testimony by two former prisoners about torture and executions under former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein was almost overshadowed yesterday by Hussein and his fellow defendants, who dominated the proceeding with a series of shouting matches and a walkout by their defense team. pg 1a

5 killed in suicide bombing

A Palestinian suicide bomber blew himself up outside a shopping mall in Netanya, Israel, killing at least five people and wounding more than 40 others. pg 10a

SPORTS

R. Lewis' season might be over

A day after they were officially eliminated from the playoffs, the Ravens acknowledged the possibility that linebacker Ray Lewis could be done for the season with a torn right hamstring. pg 1e

BUSINESS

DOW -- DOWN

-42.50

10,835.01

NASDAQ -- DOWN

-15.73

2,257.64

S&P -- DOWN

-2.99

1,262.09

SUN INDEX -- DOWN

-1.37

328.66

City approves Cordish tower

The Cordish Co. has won city approval to build a 34-story residential tower atop an underground Metro station on the former site of the Port Discovery HiFlyer balloon. pg 1d

TODAY

`World News' anchors named

ABC extended a hand yesterday to what it hopes will be a new generation of news consumers by naming Elizabeth Vargas and Bob Woodruff to succeed the late Peter Jennings as co-anchors of World News Tonight. pg 1c

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"This game must not continue. if you want Saddam Hussein's neck, you can have it."

FORMER IRAQI DICTATOR SADDAM HUSSEIN, SPEAKING OUT AT HIS TRIAL IN BAGHDAD ARTICLE, PG 1A

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For recent developments and archived coverage of the Charles County arson fires: baltimoresun. com/arson

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