Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

November 29, 2006

NATIONAL

Hastings won't head panel

Rep. Nancy Pelosi, the incoming speaker of the House, said that she would not name Rep. Alcee L. Hastings, a Florida Democrat, as the next chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, creating new uncertainty around one of the chamber's most important leadership positions. pg 3a

Judge rejects freezing of assets

A federal judge in Los Angeles ruled that the Bush administration violated the U.S. Constitution when it froze the assets of more than two dozen alleged terrorist groups after the Sept. 11 attacks. pg 3a

WORLD

Pope calls for dialogue

Hoping to soothe anger over what many Turks consider an anti-Islamic bias, Pope Benedict XVI called for brotherhood and healthy dialogue with Muslims, and he repeatedly sketched the common ground shared by Islam and Christianity. pg 13a

MARYLAND

Contractor says he paid bribe

W. David Stoffregen, the former head of a Baltimore construction company, said in federal court that he bribed former state Sen. Thomas L. Bromwell in a multimillion-dollar scheme that rigged contracts, bilked public institutions and violated laws to protect and promote minority- and women-owned businesses. pg 1a

Lawyer aided O'Malley effort

Short on cash in the waning days of the gubernatorial election, Baltimore Mayor Martin O'Malley reached out to John P. Coale, a prominent Washington attorney, for a $500,000 loan that paid for the Democrats' final television commercials. pg 1b

BUSINESS

DOW -- UP

+14.74

12,136.45

NASDAQ -- UP

+6.69

2,412.61

S&P -- UP

+4.82

1,386.72

-SUN INDEX -- DOWN

-1.89

354.28

Legg heir moving downtown

Stifel Nicolaus & Co., the St. Louis company that bought part of Legg Mason Inc., has announced plans to move to a signature downtown building where it will add its name to the city's skyline, a sign that Baltimore's investment banking community is growing again after being hit by the sale of Alex. Brown & Sons. pg 1a

SPORTS

Orioles add bullpen help

The Orioles reached preliminary agreements with relievers Chad Bradford and Scott Williamson and also neared a deal to re-sign first baseman Kevin Millar and add backup catcher Paul Bako. pg 1E

TODAY

The customer comes first

Men's clothier Ed Steinberg collaborates with 40 other retailers to design the kinds of clothes their customers want. pg 1c

BSO gets $1 million grant

In anticipation of the arrival of new music director Marin Alsop, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra receives a $1 million grant. pg 1c

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