Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

December 21, 2005

NATIONAL

Science lesson banned

A federal judge ruled that a Pennsylvania school board's decision to include intelligent design in its science curriculum was unconstitutional because the concept is rooted in theology, not science. pg 1a

WORLD

Germany frees hijacker

Germany has freed from prison a Lebanese member of Hezbollah who was serving a life sentence for killing a U.S. Navy diver from Maryland during the 1985 hijacking of a TWA jet. pg 1a

MARYLAND

Governor's race heats up

Baltimore Mayor Martin O'Malley leads Montgomery County Executive Douglas M. Duncan in early polls in their race to be the Democratic nominee for Maryland governor. But, Duncan campaign officials say, O'Malley has been trailing the Montgomery executive in one regard: ideas. pg 1b

Md. rejects emissions pact

Maryland declined yesterday to join seven Northeastern states in an agreement to cut carbon dioxide emissions from power plants 10 percent by 2019 to slow global warming. State officials here said they wanted to avoid hurting power plants or electricity rates. pg 1b

TODAY

Debating black history

Sylvia Cyrus-Albritton isn't going to hold it against actor Morgan Freeman for slamming the need for Black History Month. She isn't mad that the Oscar winner said on 60 Minutes that it should be abolished. But as director of the group founded by the father of Black History Month, Carter G. Woodson, Cyrus-Albritton says she has an important message for Freeman: We're not there yet, Morgan. pg 1c

SPORTS

Loyola's Dirrigl will not return

Loyola College men's lacrosse coach Bill Dirrigl, who has been on a leave of absence for personal reasons since Nov. 21, will not return. Dirrigl's status was reviewed by a group of school administrators who refused to discuss the nature of the review because of employee privacy concerns. pg 3e

BUSINESS

DOW -- DOWN

-30.98

10,805.55

NASDAQ -- DOWN

-0.32

2,222.42

S&P -- DOWN

-0.30

1,259.62

SUN INDEX -- DOWN

+0.78

325.32

Mercy to build patient tower

Mercy Medical Center, which opened a gleaming outpatient center two years ago as part of a $110 million expansion, said yesterday it is planning to build an 18-story patient tower as part of a $292 million construction program. pg 1d

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"You've got to have a big tree to go in your big house. [Without a big tree], people are going to laugh at you. They're going to walk in and say, `What the hell happened?' "

Marshall Stacey, who runs Pinetum Farms in Garrett County Article, PG 1B

Up next

Sunday

Inspiring fashion

The sumptuous costumes of the movie Memoirs of a Geisha seem destined to inspire fashion.

IN MODERN LIFE

Monday

FOOTBALL REVIEW

Get comprehensive coverage of all of Sunday's NFL action, including the Ravens.

In Gameday

ONLINE TODAY

KASPER PODCAST

Hear columnist Rob Kasper weigh in on his favorite local egg nogs.www.baltimoresun.com/kasper

SUN BLOGS

See what's on the minds of our Sun bloggers. www.baltimoresun.com/blogs

Baltimore Sun Articles
|
|
|
Please note the green-lined linked article text has been applied commercially without any involvement from our newsroom editors, reporters or any other editorial staff.