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By Paul West and Julie Hirschfeld Davis and Paul West and Julie Hirschfeld Davis,SUN NATIONAL STAFF | January 25, 2004
CONCORD, N.H. - Sen. John Kerry, the leader heading into Tuesday's New Hampshire primary, ignored his Democratic rivals during a frigid day of campaigning yesterday, while former Gov. Howard Dean of Vermont tried to turn up the heat on the front-runner. Kerry, winner of last week's Iowa caucuses, kept his focus on defeating President Bush in the fall and avoiding missteps in the final two days of the contest here. A solid primary victory would make the 60-year-old Massachusetts senator the clear favorite for the Democratic nomination when the campaign moves South for a big round of primaries Feb. 3. Dean, meanwhile, was struggling to keep his candidacy from collapsing in New Hampshire, where he led by as many as 20 points just a few weeks ago. He launched a fresh attack against Kerry over the war in Iraq, the issue that lifted Dean out of obscurity last year and caused Kerry problems for months in this state.
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BUSINESS
By Paul Adams and Paul Adams,SUN STAFF | January 1, 2004
Major U.S. market indexes finished 2003 with double-digit annual gains, ending the longest losing streak since the waning years of the Great Depression and leaving Wall Street optimistic about a sustained economic recovery in the year ahead. The first year of gains since 1999 far exceeded most analysts' predictions of 12 months ago and came despite a demoralizing mix of war, unemployment, weak corporate profits, mutual fund scandals and anxiety about another terrorist attack. The S&P 500 index ended up 26 percent for the year; the Dow Jones industrial average gained 25 percent; and the Nasdaq composite index soared 50 percent.
BUSINESS
By Kathleen M. Howley and Kathleen M. Howley,BLOOMBERG NEWS | August 17, 2003
Mortgage rates at 45-year lows fueled price gains in all major U.S. cities during the second quarter. It was the first time on record that no metropolitan area had price declines, according to a new study by the National Association of Realtors. Nationally, prices rose at a 7.4 percent pace in the second quarter, according to the study of 126 metropolitan areas. The year-over-year price increases ranged from a high of 24 percent in the areas around Riverside and San Bernardino, Calif., to a low of 0.1 percent in Phoenix.
BUSINESS
By M. William Salganik and M. William Salganik,SUN STAFF | August 16, 2003
Mired in controversy and, now, probed by federal investigators, CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield yesterday announced good news, of sorts - the insurer earned $40.8 million in the quarter that ended June 30, a 66 percent gain from the $24.6 million earned in the second quarter last year. CareFirst said medical cost inflation had slowed, with the price of providing care for its members increasing only 5.2 percent over the second quarter in 2002. Increases had been in the double digits before the second quarter.
BUSINESS
By Trif Alatzas and Trif Alatzas,SUN STAFF | July 12, 2003
Price growth for existing homes in the Baltimore area reached double digits again last month compared with a year earlier, marking the third straight year-over-year increase of at least 15 percent and continuing to outpace the increase in sales. The average sale price for an existing home in Baltimore and five surrounding counties reached $218,486 last month - 15.59 percent more than in June 2002, according to figures released yesterday by Metropolitan Regional Information Systems Inc., the Rockville listing service used by brokers and agents.
SPORTS
By Don Markus and Don Markus,SUN STAFF | June 15, 2003
OLYMPIA FIELDS, Ill. - Jim Furyk joined Tiger Woods in the record books of the U.S. Open yesterday, not once but three times. Woods, who obliterated the field at Pebble Beach three years ago, was not a factor. As Furyk became the third player in tournament history to get to double digits under par, Woods played his way out of serious contention in the third round of the 103rd U.S. Open at Olympia Fields. Furyk finished a round of 3-under-par 67 with a 30-foot birdie putt that put him at 10-under par for the third time in a stretch of 10 holes, helping him break the previous 54-hole Open scoring record by three strokes.
SPORTS
By Gary Lambrecht | May 23, 2003
Maryland held off a furious rally to edge Virginia, 8-7, two months ago, and this game could produce a similar score. If the Terps intend to move into the final, they probably need to win at least half of the faceoffs, shoot considerably better than their 29.3 percent showing thus far, get into double digits as a result, and get one more great game out of goalie Dan McCormick, who has saved 62.6 percent of the shots taken at him. Virginia thinks it...
FEATURES
By Roger Moore and Roger Moore,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | February 12, 2003
The musical Chicago, the epic Gangs of New York and art-house hit The Hours sprinted out of the gate as Oscar's front-runners when the nominations for the 75th annual Academy Awards were announced yesterday. Julianne Moore received two nominations, for best actress in Far From Heaven and best supporting actress in The Hours. "In such a year of such wonderful performances, I am incredibly honored to be among these nominees," Moore said. "Never in my career have I ever imagined I would have two nominations!"
BUSINESS
By BLOOMBERG NEWS | December 4, 2002
DETROIT - General Motors Corp., Ford Motor Co. and DaimlerChrysler AG's Chrysler unit reported lower November sales yesterday as discounting drew fewer buyers than in November 2001, when sales hit a record. Sales at General Motors, the largest automaker, declined 18 percent, and sales dropped 20 percent at Ford and 12 percent at Chrysler. Ford shares declined 13 percent, the biggest decline in more than a year, after the second-biggest automaker said it will scale back production. Shares of General Motors and DaimlerChrysler also fell.
SPORTS
By FROM STAFF REPORTS | January 17, 2002
Jason Morgan scored 26 points and Clifford Strong had 12 points and 10 rebounds to lead St. Francis, N.Y., to an 85-73 win over host Mount St. Mary's last night, Chris Stockwell added 21 points for the Terriers (8-5, 5-2 Northeast Conference). Jamion Christian scored 17 points and Jason Epps added 11 for the Mountaineers (1-13, 0-7). St. Francis led 43-27 at halftime but the Mount made it close in the second half by shooting 50 percent from the field (15-for-30). Dickinson 90, Johns Hopkins 81: Billy Hagan scored a career-high 37 points as the host Red Devils (8-7, 2-2)
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