Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

December 08, 2005

NATIONAL

Air marshals shoot passenger

Federal air marshals fatally shot a troubled passenger yesterday after he threatened that he had a bomb in his backpack and charged off an American Airlines jet at Miami International Airport, federal officials said. The passenger was identified as Rigoberto Alpizar, 44, of Maitland, Fla. Federal officials said that no bomb was found. pg 1a

WORLD

Violence erupts at polls in Egypt

Police barricaded polling stations and fired tear gas and rubber bullets yesterday to keep supporters of the banned Muslim Brotherhood from voting in the final day of parliamentary elections in Egypt. At least eight people were killed, including a 14-year-old boy. pg 16a

Rice pushes prison torture ban

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice declared in Kiev, Ukraine, yesterday that the rules of the U.N. Convention Against Torture apply to Americans overseas and that this includes a ban against inhumane or degrading treatment of prisoners. When asked whether Rice had stated a new U.S. policy for the treatment of detainees abroad, White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan said, according to the Associated Press, "It's existing policy." pg 16a

TODAY

Panda makes debut today

The Washington Zoo's new panda cub, Tai Shan, makes his long-awaited public debut today, thanks in part to the round-the-clock care and monitoring he has received from the zoo's team of panda keepers. pg 1e

BUSINESS

DOW -- DOWN

-45.95

10,810.91

NASDAQ -- DOWN

-8.75

2,252.01

S&P -- DOWN

-6.33

1,257.37

SUN INDEX -- DOWN

-1.59

327.15

Resnick to go on trial Feb. 27

Attorneys for Michael Resnick, the former finance chief of Royal Ahold NVs U.S. unit accused of leading an $800 million fraud, say former executives who will testify against him told company lawyers that they weren't sure he knew of the scheme. Resnick, who was chief financial officer of Columbia, Md.-based U.S. Foodservice, is slated to go on trial Feb. 27 on charges that he lied about earnings. pg 1d

SPORTS

Terps top W. Carolina, 87-57

With senior guard Chris McCray sidelined because of an injured left ankle, the No. 21 Maryland men's basketball team routed Western Carolina, 87-57, behind senior forward Travis Garrison's 23 points and 14 rebounds. pg 1c

MARYLAND

State gets a spending boost

With a surging economy and rapidly increasing tax coffers, General Assembly leaders decided last night that the state can spend nearly $1.5 billion more next year on public services without raising taxes or using reserve funds. The recommended increase means the governor and legislature may be in a position to use an election-year budget to pay for voter favorites such as school construction and state worker pay increases. pg 1a

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"This is a bit of relief, but freedom is still on the horizon. We are not there yet."

Sam Imad, waiting to cross a Palestinian-controlled border for the first time, Article, PG 1A

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