Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

December 18, 2005

MARYLAND

Physician oversight lacking

Maryland's vow to safeguard patients has been undercut by breakdowns in the system established to oversee doctors, an investigation by The Sun has found. Regulators who once checked every malpractice claim now ignore most of them, and investigators may take years to evaluate a doctor. pg 1a

Neither merry nor bright

A dispute over utility poles has forced the isolated town of Lonaconing in the mountains of Western Maryland to abandon its 68-year holiday tradition of stringing colored bulbs across Main Street. The companies that own the poles said the decorations didn't meet electrical safety standards and could be dangerous. pg 1a

NATIONAL

Bush admits authorizing spying

President Bush acknowledged yesterday that he had personally authorized domestic eavesdropping by the National Security Agency and said he would continue to do so, defending the surveillance as crucial to fighting terrorism and scolding those who had revealed it. pg 1a

Frist charity paid his allies

Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist's AIDS charity paid nearly a half-million dollars in consulting fees to members of his political inner circle, according to tax returns providing the first financial accounting of the presidential hopeful's nonprofit. pg 2a

WORLD

70 injured in WTO protests

Protesters opposed to lowering trade barriers swung bamboo sticks at police yesterday and tried to storm a convention center in Hong Kong, where World Trade Organization delegates were negotiating a global accord on farming, manufacturing and services. At least 70 people were injured. pg 20a

Security eased in Iraq

Cars and trucks returned to Iraq's roads yesterday as authorities eased tight security imposed for the parliamentary election, and the main Sunni Arab alliance said it was open to forming a governing coalition with a religious Shiite bloc. pg 20a

SPORTS

Barber leads Giants over Chiefs

Tiki Barber ran for a team-record 220 yards and scored two touchdowns, helping the New York Giants beat the Kansas City Chiefs, 27-17. If the Giants beat the Washington Redskins next week, they would clinch the division championship. pg 1d

A&E TODAY

Violinist's homecoming

Hilary Hahn, violinist and former Baltimorean, has become known as an artist who freshens the image of classical music without sacrificing a note of its integrity. Hahn is returning to Baltimore to play at a fundraiser for her church. pg 1e

MODERN LIFE

Dilemma for interfaith families

With Christmas coinciding with the first night of Hanukkah this year - for the third time in 100 years - some families struggle to honor both holidays while keeping the traditions separate. pg 1n

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"I have a beard. I like to shoot guns. I kill animals - what's a few gamma rays to a big macho guy like me, right?"

Anchorage Assemblyman Allan Tesche, who opposes a plan to move a 20-ton nuclear particle accelerator up to Alaska Article, PG 1B

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