"The whole history of the Olympic Games is just full of corruption, cover-up, performance-enhancing drug use."

Victor Conte, founder of the laboratory at the center of a federal probe into illegal steroid distribution (Article, Page 1C)


Changes in Bush administration

President Bush plans to nominate former New York City Police Commissioner Bernard Kerik as Homeland Security secretary, replacing Tom Ridge. Kerik's nomination topped another day of changes in the Bush administration. [Page 1a]

Further study advised for patch

A hormone patch that works to restore a woman's sex drive should not be approved until additional studies have determined its risk, federal health advisers said yesterday. The advisers were unimpressed with the number of women studied so far as well as the length of the studies. [Page 3a]

Social Security 'not sustainable'

Whether or not President Bush's plan to let people invest part of their Social Security taxes in private accounts comes to pass, there is likely to be a major reduction in future benefits, according to a senior White House official. N. Gregory Mankiw, chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers, said the benefits scheduled for future generations "are not sustainable." [Page 3a]


Ukraine's dedicated protesters

The success of the continuing demonstrations against Ukraine's presidential election results is due partly to Lviv University's law professors and students, many of whom have left their campus and placed themselves at the center of the protests. [Page 1a]

Fatah rethinks election strategy

The Fatah party scrambled to rethink its election strategy a day after jailed uprising leader Marwan Barghouti surprised Palestinians by announcing that he would run for president -- potentially undermining the campaign of Fatah candidate Mahmoud Abbas. [Page 16a]


Prosecutor's death still mystery

FBI and Pennsylvania investigators said yesterday that after a year of interviews and months of studying forensic evidence, they still cannot explain the circumstances surrounding the death of federal prosecutor Jonathan P. Luna. [Page 1a]

20th Marylander dies in Iraq

Army Spc. Erik W. Hayes died this week in Al Miqdadiyah, Iraq, when an improvised explosive device detonated near his military vehicle. Hayes, who grew up in Harney in Carroll County and Thurmont in Frederick County, is the sixth Marylander to die in Iraq in less than a month and the 20th in the past 20 months. [Page 1b]

Gay USNA alumni group rejected

The board of the Naval Academy Alumni Association has rejected for the second year in a row an application filed by a group of gay graduates to start a national chapter. The 29-member board voted unanimously to strike down the request for official status by the Castro District Chapter, formerly called USNA Out. [Page 1b]


Giambi admitted steroid use

New York Yankees first baseman Jason Giambi said he injected himself with human growth hormone in 2003 and used steroids for at least three seasons, according to a grand jury transcript reviewed by the San Francisco Chronicle. [Page 1a]

Conte details athletes' use

Victor Conte, founder of the laboratory at the center of a federal investigation into illegal steroid distribution, told ABC News' 20/20 in an interview to be aired tonight that he gave drugs to elite track and field sprinters Marion Jones, Tim Montgomery and Kelli White. Conte called the Olympics a fraud. [Page 1c]

Loyola auction for Brooks

Loyola Blakefield's gym will be the site tomorrow night of an auction to benefit Van Brooks, a junior who suffered a paralyzing spinal cord injury in a football game against Georgetown Prep in September. [Page 7c]


Downbeat reports of sales

The outlook for the holiday season dimmed yesterday as the nation's retailers reported disappointing sales for November after an uninspiring Thanksgiving weekend. Downbeat reports came from across the sector. [Page 1d]

Sinclair selling Calif. station

Sinclair Broadcast Group, the Hunt Valley-based broadcast company, is selling one of its top-performing television stations, in Sacramento, Calif., to Viacom Inc. for $285 million as part of a plan to exit markets where it can't own two stations. [Page 1d]


Rufus Wainwright at Hopkins

Rufus Wainwright, son of folk singers Loudon Wainwright III and Kate McGarrigle, will be playing at Johns Hopkins' Shriver Hall tonight. [Page 1f]

'Closer' opens locally

The Mike Nichols-directed movie, Closer, starring Jude Law, Julia Roberts, Clive Owen and Natalie Portman, opens today at area theaters. The story revolves around relationships among four principals who "swing partners and change hands," says Sun movie critic Michael Sragow. [Page 1f ]

November sweeps end

CBS affiliate WJZ, Channel 13, is still the highest-rated station in Baltimore around the clock, but NBC affiliate WBAL, Channel 11, is No. 1 in nighttime news. That's the story of the November sweeps in Baltimore, which ended at midnight Wednesday. [Page 3f ]


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