Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

December 26, 2005

NATIONAL

Powell on eavesdropping

Former Secretary of State Colin L. Powell said yesterday that it would not have been that hard for President Bush to have obtained warrants for eavesdropping on domestic telephone and Internet activity but that he saw nothing wrong with the decision not to do so. pg 3a

Food banks need donations

In cities from coast to coast, food bank operators are reporting that food and cash donations are down and the need is up. Food bank officials are pointing to donor fatigue or compassion fatigue as the likely cause for declining holiday donations, saying that Americans might be exhausted after contributing more than $2 billion to victims of three hurricanes that battered Southern states this year. pg 11a

WORLD

A year after deadly tsunami

It has been a year since the deadliest tsunami in living memory killed an estimated 220,000 people, and in Sri Lanka, life has moved on. But problems hinder the survivors a year later: the slow pace of reconstruction; the lingering pain felt from Africa's East Coast to the Indonesian island of Sumatra; and the enormous human toll of those few fateful minutes on the morning of Dec. 26, 2004. pg 1a

Court reverses death sentences

Libya's supreme court overturned death sentences yesterday for five Bulgarian nurses and a Palestinian doctor who have been in jail since 1999 on charges that they purposely infected children with the AIDS virus. The U.S. government and European Union had condemned the convictions and accused Libya of trumping up the charges to divert attention from poor hygiene at its hospitals, which the critics blame for the infections. pg 15a

Iran denies receiving proposal

Iran denied yesterday that it received a proposal to move its uranium enrichment facilities to Russian soil, a compromise Europe is seeking to resolve a standoff over Iran's nuclear program. Russia had announced Saturday that it sent the formal proposal to Tehran, which has insisted it would not agree to moving enrichment abroad. pg 16a

MARYLAND

At odds over historic buildings

Preservationists and developers stand at odds over plans to demolish a block on West Baltimore Street that includes some of the city's few remaining cast-iron buildings. pg 1b

Baltimore's Yuletide tailgate

Facing a conflict between the beloved holiday and their beloved Ravens, fans brought Christmas cheer to the parking lots around M&T Bank Stadium yesterday, with turkey, festive decorations, even a portable DVD player showing A Christmas Story. pg 1b

SPORTS

Heat holds off Lakers, 97-92

Gary Payton tied a season-high with 21 points, including a late go-ahead three-pointer, to lead the Miami Heat over the Los Angeles Lakers, 97-92. Kobe Bryant scored 37 for the Lakers. pg 1d

Pistons top Spurs in rematch

The Detroit Pistons defeated the San Antonio Spurs, 85-70, in the teams' first matchup since the NBA Finals. It was the Pistons' seventh straight victory. pg 1d

GAMEDAY

Bears defeat Packers, 24-17

The Chicago Bears clinched the NFC North title and a first-round playoff bye with a 24-17 victory over the Green Bay Packers. pg 7e

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"Most people have had their [heating oil storage] tanks for 35 or 40 years, and when you pull it out of the ground it looks like Swiss cheese."

Herb Meade, who directs the state's oil control program. Article, PG 7b

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