Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

November 26, 2006

MARYLAND

Scramble to save historic homes

An amendment quietly approved by the City Council at the request of Mercy Medical Center strips all protections from a row of downtown historic houses that the hospital has long wanted to demolish. Preservationists are demanding that the city restore the protected status of the buildings. pg 1a

Schools may forfeit funding

Baltimore schools may be missing out on millions of dollars from a federal school technology program because it has yet to resolve problems from an audit of the money it received in 2002. pg 1b

WORLD

Iraqi insurgency funding secure

The insurgency in Iraq is now self-sustaining financially, raising tens of millions of dollars a year from oil smuggling, kidnapping, counterfeiting, corrupt charities and other crimes that the Iraqi government and its American patrons have been largely unable to prevent, a classified U.S. government report concludes. pg 1a

Mideast cease-fire agreed

Israelis and Palestinians agreed to a cease-fire yesterday to end a five-month Israeli military offensive in the Gaza Strip and the firing of rockets by Palestinian militants -- a major development that could lead to the resumption of long-stalled peace talks. The cease-fire was to go into effect at 6 a.m. today. pg 15a

NATIONAL

New concerns over bird flu

Because detecting avian flu with standard tests is so difficult and time-consuming, waiting for laboratory confirmation of an outbreak would cause dangerous treatment delays, according to new studies of two flu outbreaks. pg 3a

Man killed on wedding day

Hours before he was to be married, a man leaving his bachelor party at a New York strip club was fatally shot and two of his friends were wounded when police fired into their car early yesterday in Queens, witnesses and the police said. pg 12a

BUSINESS

Investment's heirs apparent

James W. Hirschmann III at Legg Mason and James A.C. Kennedy at T. Rowe Price will soon become chief executives at the twin pillars of Baltimore's financial community. The direction they take could determine the city's future as a growing investment center off Wall Street. pg 1c

SPORTS

Wake Forest tops Terps, 38-24

The 20th-ranked Wake Forest football team beat Maryland, 38-24, ending the Terps' chance to play in the Atlantic Coast Conference title game, where the winner advances to the Orange Bowl. pg 1d

A&E TODAY

Tennessee to D.C. and back

Country music superstar Dolly Parton has gone from a two-room shack in the Great Smoky Mountains to Nashville and Hollywood. This week, the woman with the big hair and even bigger career will be one of the recipients of the annual Kennedy Center Honors. pg 1e

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