Sun Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

December 10, 2005

NATIONAL

Airport runways lack margins

Nearly 300 U.S. commercial airports, including Chicago's Midway, lack the 1,000-foot margin at the end of the runway that the federal government considers adequate for safety. Many are older airports squeezed next to dense city neighborhoods, bodies of water or steep drop-offs that don't have the available space. pg 1a

Birthright citizenship

A group of lawmakers in the House will try next week to force a vote on legislation that would revoke the principle of birthright citizenship. The move is part of a broader effort to discourage illegal immigration. pg 3a

WORLD

Police seal off Chinese village

Armed with guns and shields, hundreds of riot police sealed off a southern Chinese village after fatally shooting as many as 20 demonstrators and were searching for the protest organizers, villagers said. It was the deadliest known use of force by security forces against Chinese civilians since the killings around Tiananmen Square in 1989. pg 1a

ElBaradei warns Iran

Mohamed ElBaradei, who is to receive the Nobel Peace Prize today, said yesterday that the international community was losing patience with Iran over its nuclear program. pg 11a

MARYLAND

Studio Course to be reviewed

Baltimore schools Chief Executive Officer Bonnie S. Copeland will put together a team of teachers, administrators and state managers overseeing education to review the Studio Course reading and writing curriculum implemented in city middle schools this fall. pg 1a

Area home values rise

Defying signs of a slowdown, home values in the Baltimore area bounded upward last month, posting the second-highest average price on record and reversing three consecutive months of decline. The average sales price was $309,291, up from $297,821 a month earlier and second only to the $311,093 reached in July. pg 9c

Fraud law changes sought

Organizations representing venture capital, health care and technology companies are seeking changes to the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, which they say is stifling business investment and innovation. The act, they contend, puts disproportionate cost burdens on smaller public companies. pg 9c

SPORTS

Terps reach NCAA soccer final

Jason Garey scored two goals in an NCAA College Cup-record 15-second span, helping Maryland defeat Southern Methodist, 4-1, in Cary, N.C., to advance to tomorrow's championship game against New Mexico. pg 1c

Resurgent Loyola wins, is 5-0

The Loyola College men's basketball team, which went 6-22 last season, defeated host Fairfield, 90-85, in overtime in its Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference opener and improved its record to 5-0. pg 7c

TODAY

Building a better tree

Professional tree trimmers like Russel Daff spend endless hours and lots of money on their holiday creations. But you can get a similar effect for less by following his basic decorating rules. pg 1d

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