Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

November 21, 2006

MARYLAND

City smoking ban advances

A Baltimore City Council committee approved a measure yesterday that would ban smoking in bars and restaurants by January 2008. The council is expected to pass it, but it's unclear whether Mayor Martin O'Malley will sign the proposal. pg 1a

Fraternity on probation

Johns Hopkins University placed the Sigma Chi fraternity on social probation until January 2008 in response to a "Halloween in the Hood" party held last month. The party prompted a polarizing debate over racial relations on the campus. pg 1a

NATIONAL

School bus crash kills 3

A school bus packed with high school students smashed through an overpass guardrail in Huntsville, Ala., and crashed nose-first 30 feet below, killing three teenage girls and injuring at least 30 other people, some critically, authorities said. pg 3a

WORLD

Iraq renews ties with Syria

Iraq re-established diplomatic relations with Syria, agreeing to restore an embassy in Baghdad after more than 20 years with no formal avenues of communication. pg 10a

Spy drama unfolds

It's a crime straight out of the pages of a Cold War spy novel. A former KGB agent, who angered the Kremlin, lunches with an Italian who claims to have leads in the killing of a prominent Soviet journalist. The ex-spy later falls ill, the victim of an apparent poisoning. pg 13a

BUSINESS

DOW -- DOWN

-26.02

12,316.54

NASDAQ -- UP

+6.86

2,452.72

S&P -- DOWN

-0.70

1,400.50

SUN INDEX -- UP

+0.56

361.79

Baltimore home values rise

Baltimore's home values continued to rise over the summer, even as housing demand weakened in Maryland and elsewhere and the median sales price in the U.S. slid by 1.2 percent, the National Association of Realtors said yesterday. pg 1d

SPORTS

Howard wins NL MVP award

Philadelphia Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard beat out St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols for the National League's Most Valuable Player award. Howard led the majors in home runs with 58 and RBIs with 149. pg 8e

TODAY

Road warriors

As head of MDOT's emergency response unit, Paul Hubbe leads a team cruising for trouble. pg 1c

9/11 remembered

The Washington Chorus performs This Mourning, written by Catonsville composer Joel Puckett to commemorate the victims of the 9/11 attack on the Pentagon. pg 1c

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