Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

December 29, 2005

NATIONAL

Padilla transfer requested

The Bush administration asked the Supreme Court yesterday to allow the immediate transfer of Jose Padilla from a military brig to civilian custody to stand trial on terrorism charges, despite an appellate court ruling last week that blocked the move. The Justice Department said the earlier order blocking Padilla's transfer to civilian custody represented an unwarranted attack on presidential discretion. pg 3a

WORLD

Report released on Beslan siege

Authorities in southern Russia were warned of a possible attack on a school a day before 1,128 hostages were seized at a school in Beslan but took no preventive measures even though the attackers were camped near a road and made no attempt to hide, a parliament commission reported yesterday. pg 18a

MARYLAND

Del. traffic takes toll on drivers

As many motorists in the Baltimore-Washington area learned or relearned at Christmas and Thanksgiving, traffic backs up for miles so that Delaware can collect a toll it recently raised from $2 to $3 a car for the use of its turnpike. New Year's travelers can expect much of the same, especially if they're heading south Monday evening. The backups persist long into the night on peak travel days. pg 1a

City schools ink energy deal

Baltimore school officials are signing contracts for upgrades in dozens of school buildings that could save millions in energy costs -- enough money, they say, to pay for the energy-efficient upgrades. pg 1b

TODAY

Tech `geeks' to the rescue

With personal technology becoming more varied and sophisticated, and sales on the rise, the days after Christmas are becoming a busy -- and profitable -- time for tech consultants. pg 1a

Suiting up off the court

Two months after National Basketball Association Commissioner David Stern imposed a league-wide dress code, early fashion reviews are in: NBA basketball players are generally looking good off the court. pg 1e

BUSINESS

DOW -- UP

+18.49

10,796.26

NASDAQ -- UP

+2.05

2,228.94

S&P -- UP

+1.63

1,258.17

SUN INDEX -- UP

+1.13

327.74

Ex-Enron official pleads guilty

Former Enron accountant Richard Causey pleaded guilty to securities fraud in a plea agreement that could make him a key witness at the approaching trial of Enron founder Kenneth Lay and former Chief Executive Jeffrey Skilling. pg 1d

Duratek shares bought

A Connecticut-based hedge fund has bought up a major stake in Columbia-based Duratek Inc., becoming the largest shareholder in the radioactive and hazardous waste management company, according to filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. pg 1d

SPORTS

Ravens' Billick to return in 2006

Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti surprisingly announced that Brian Billick will return as the team's coach next season after consecutive underachieving seasons. pg 1c

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"My life was just boring and fine. I didn't ask for any of this to fall into my lap."

Michelle L. Dohm, teacher charged with stalking pupils and threatening to blow up her school Article, PG 2b

UP NEXT

TOMORROW

THE CHEMICAL OF CHILDBIRTH

Do you generally trust other people? How do you react when you're frightened? Are you faithful to your spouse? The answers to these questions may be tied to a biological chemical recognized mainly for helping mothers give birth.

IN HEALTH & SCIENCE

SUNDAY

Big Brother is watching

Big Brother's everywhere these days, guarding against a potential terrorist attack, making Baltimore's streets safer and listening and watching in ways that could hardly be imagined a generation ago.

IN IDEAS

DRAFTING BUSH

Heisman Trophy winner Reggie Bush is expected to be the first pick in the NFL draft.

IN SPORTS

ONLINE

TODAY

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