Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

December 23, 2005

NATIONAL

Patriot Act extension shortened

The House rejects the Senate's plan to extend the USA Patriot Act for six months, forcing senators who wanted to get home in time for the holidays to go along with a shorter five-week extension. pg 1a

New York transit strike ends

Thousands of New York City transit workers put down their picket signs and streamed into bus depots and railyards to restart the nation's largest transit system, after leaders of their union agreed to a tentative framework for a new contract and ended a 60-hour strike that hobbled the city. pg 3a

WORLD

Hussein trial adjourned

The trial of Saddam Hussein and his co-defendants adjourned until Jan. 24, completing a day of testimony in which an investigating judge said officials never saw evidence verifying Hussein's claims he was beaten while in U.S. custody. pg 10a

MARYLAND

Nun released from jail

Sister Ardeth Platte, a nun from Baltimore, was released from a federal prison yesterday after spending more than three years behind bars for cutting down a fence in front of a Colorado nuclear missile silo and pouring her blood over the concrete. pg 1a

Amos reimbursement

The governor's chief lawyer is opposing efforts to reimburse former state official Stephen P. Amos nearly $200,000 in legal fees even though Amos was cleared of charges brought during a high-profile federal criminal investigation. pg 1b

SPORTS

Terps women rout Geo. Mason

Ashleigh Newman scored 21 points to lead the sixth-ranked Maryland women's basketball team over host George Mason, 70-33. The Terps improved to 10-1 with their sixth straight victory. pg 6f

MOVIES TODAY

Beauty without substance

The movie adaptation of the popular novel Memoirs of a Geisha is beautiful, but it reveals the slightness of the book's plot and characters. pg 1c

Sept. 11 analogy

"Munich" reduces Israel's response to the Black September Movement to an analogy of America's response to al-Qaida. But it's so broad-stroked it cuts itself at every turn. pg 1c

BUSINESS

DOW -- UP

+55.71

10,889.44

NASDAQ -- UP

+14.83

2,246.49

S&P -- UP

+5.33

1,268.12

SUN INDEX -- UP

+1.81

328.30

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"He definitely knew he was being looked for [by police]. He was telling his victims, `What are you going to tell the police?'"

Lt. Sandy Joyce, head of the Baltimore Police sex crimes unit, referring to a suspect in recent string of robberies and rapes in city, arrested yesterday. Article, PG 1b

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