Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

December 13, 2005

MARYLAND

Murder trial to go to jury

Attorneys finished closing arguments yesterday in the weeklong trial against Nakie Harris, 30; Richard Royal, 21; and Terrence Smith, 24, who are charged with murder, conspiracy and witness intimidation in an attempt to kill Harwood Community Association president Edna McAbier Jan. 15. pg 1B

Three teens killed in fire

Keedysville and nearby Boonsboro High School are in mourning after a fire Sunday tore through a second-floor bedroom of a Keedysville home and killed three teens. School officials said the dead are Mike Abell, Jon Barnes and Brian Daigle, all about 17. Two, Max Hope, 17, and Logan Langlais, 15, escaped. All five spent two full days sledding and snowboarding over the county's hills before bunking down Saturday night. pg 1B

NATIONAL

Bush gives war death total

President Bush said yesterday that the war in Iraq had claimed the lives of about 30,000 Iraqi citizens in addition to 2,140 U.S. troops but that the establishment of a durable democracy there would ultimately justify the sacrifice. Bush was giving a speech at the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia, a nonpartisan educational group. pg 1A

TODAY

More awards for `Brokeback'

Brokeback Mountain, a movie that tells the tender love story of two cowboys, continued to gather awards yesterday, this time taking top honors as Best Picture from the New York Film Critics Circle. The nominations for the 2005 Golden Globes will be announced today. pg 1C

Martha's show gets another go

Martha Stewart's prime-time spinoff of The Apprentice flopped, but her daytime, home-oriented talk show, Martha, is a hit with NBC. The network announced yesterday that it will renew the talk show for a second season. pg 2C

SPORTS

Ponson gets five-day sentence

Former Orioles pitcher Sidney Ponson was given a five-day jail sentence by a Baltimore District Court judge who found him guilty of driving while impaired in August. pg 1a

Riley back as Heat coach

Pat Riley, who won four NBA titles with the Los Angeles Lakers, is back as coach of the Miami Heat, replacing Stan Van Gundy, who resigned. Riley coached the Heat from 1995 to 2003. pg 3e

Cordish Co. wins D.C. bid

Baltimore developer The Cordish Co. will play a key role in transforming a riverbank in southeast Washington into a hub of shops, restaurants, condos, offices and hotels surrounding the new Nationals ballpark to be built by 2008. pg 1D

Predatory practices revealed

When advertising executives in Baltimore sought to develop a national ad campaign warning about predatory lending, they turned to reformed lenders. Ad reps said they discovered that lenders hired minorities to dupe minorities into signing up for loans with extremely high fees or interest rates. pg 1D

WORLD

Extremists pan Iraq elections

Al-Qaida in Iraq and four other Islamic extremist groups denounced this week's parliamentary elections as a satanic project that violates God's law but stopped short yesterday of an explicit threat to attack polling stations. Despite the explosions rumbling across the capital and at least 15 deaths in continuing violence, early voting was held at hospitals, prisons and military bases. pg 16A

Quote

Of the day

"We were just not about to give up and say go hungry until we have a license to give somebody something to eat."

Loyola College sophomore Ashley Biggs, whose group served food to the homeless after being cited by the city Article, PG 3B

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