Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

December 09, 2005

NATIONAL

Patriot Act extension approved

House and Senate negotiators approved an extension of the controversial Patriot Act yesterday, but a bipartisan group of senators pledged to try to block final passage, and at least one lawmaker, Sen. Russell D. Feingold, threatened a filibuster. pg 3a

WORLD

Baghdad explosions kill 30

Two explosions, one detonated by a suicide bomber, tore through a crowded bus in Baghdad's main bus terminal yesterday, killing at least 30 people and wounding 25, witnesses and police officials said. An Islamic insurgent group also claimed in an Internet posting to have executed a kidnapped American security consultant. Page pg 1a

MARYLAND

O'Malley picks Brown

Baltimore Mayor Martin O'Malley has officially enlisted Prince George's County Del. Anthony G. Brown as his running mate in his campaign for governor. The pairing of Maryland's marquee mayor and one of its most popular lawmakers establishes what many observers say is a formidable, diverse ticket rooted in two regions critical for O'Malley to win the Democratic primary against Montgomery County Executive Douglas M. Duncan. pg 1a

Aquarium goes `Wild'

Baltimore's tourism industry is preparing for the opening of the National Aquarium's new Australian pavilion in anticipation of a jump in visitors lured by crocodiles, snakes, a thundering 35-foot waterfall and its tie-in to a popular cable channel. The $74.6 million addition, Animal Planet Australia: Wild Extremes, is set to open Dec. 16. pg 1e

TODAY

Marketing `Narnia'

With its mix of magical adventure and strong Christian themes, the new film The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is proving to be a popular sell to both commercial and religious interests. pg 1a

BUSINESS

DOW -- DOWN

-55.79

10,755.12

NASDAQ -- DOWN

-5.55

2,246.46

S&P -- DOWN

-1.53

1,255.84

SUN INDEX -- UP

+0.51

327.66

SPORTS

O's Tejada wants to be dealt

Orioles shortstop Miguel Tejada says he's unhappy with the team's direction and wants to be traded. "I've been with the Orioles for two years and things haven't gone in the direction that we were expecting, so I think the best thing will be a change of scenery," the All-Star told the Associated Press. pg 1f

QUOTE OF THE DAY

I think Baltimore is a great city Theres something both colorful and real about it.

Actor Jeffrey Wright, who stars in Syriana, which was partly filmed in Baltimore Article, PG 3C.

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IN ARTS & SOCIETY

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