Sun Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

February 18, 2006

NATIONAL

Mardi Gras rolls on

New Orleans' first post-Katrina celebration of Mardi Gras, which begins in earnest tomorrow, will be four days shorter than past events but no less boisterous and luxuriant, organizers say. pg 1a

Merck wins Vioxx lawsuit

A federal jury handed Merck & Co. a major victory, clearing the drugmaker of responsibility in the death of a 53-year-old Florida man who had a heart attack after taking Merck's once-popular painkiller Vioxx for less than a month. pg 3a

MARYLAND

Child molester gets life term

A convicted child molester appearing in a Baltimore courtroom yesterday became the first person in the country to receive a mandatory life prison sentence under a new federal sex offender law, according to federal prosecutors. James A. Reigle, 46, of Pennsylvania had four prior convictions in state and federal court for child molestation and pornography. pg 1b

WORLD

Project funds drying up

An East African dam, built with help from Baltimore-based Catholic Relief Services, helps move people toward self-sufficiency. But money for such projects is drying up. pg 1a

Haniya criticizes Israeli plans

The man many expect to become the new Palestinian prime minister, Ismail Haniya, criticized Israeli proposals to restrict the movement of money, people and goods into and out of Palestinian territories under a Hamas government. pg 10a

Town & Country accepts bid

A heated bidding war over Town & Country Trust appears to have ended with the Baltimore-based apartment owner accepting a higher bid from its original suitor, Magazine Acquisition GP LLC, a joint venture that first agreed to purchase in December. pg 12c

SPORTS

Jacobellis loses grip on gold

American Lindsey Jacobellis needlessly grabbed her board on the second-to-last jump before the finish line, a hot-dogging move that cost her the gold medal in the women's snowboard cross at the Olympics in Turin, Italy. pg 1c

BUSINESS

DOW

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NASDAQ

-12.27

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S&P

-2.14

1,287.24

SUN INDEX

+0.44

342.58

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"It is always hard for a Zulu to afford Mardi Gras. ... It will be difficult for some to choose between repairing their home and throwing beads and coconuts in the street."

Naaman Stewart of the Zulu Social Aid & Pleasure Club, a traditionally black krewe whose annual Mardi Gras parade is among the most popular

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