Md. U.S. attorney to resign post

Maryland U.S. Attorney Thomas M. DiBiagio announced that he will resign his post early next year. DiBiagio's tumultuous term brought him rebukes from Washington and high-profile convictions. He said he will return to private law practice and wants to spend more time with his family. [Page 1a

Sun sues governor over ban

The Sun sued Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. yesterday, asking a federal judge to lift the governor's order banning state officials from talking to two of the newspaper's writers. The Sun seeks to block an edict from Ehrlich that forbids government employees from speaking to State House Bureau Chief David Nitkin and columnist Michael Olesker. [Page 1a

Intelligence details in DVD find

City police said discovery of a cache of homemade DVDs featuring young men smoking marijuana and spewing violent threats, as well as appearances by NBA star Carmelo Anthony, has provided a trove of criminal intelligence. [Page 1a

Ethics panel clears Hornsby

The ethics panel of the Prince George's County school system has cleared Superintendent Andre J. Hornsby of wrongdoing in dealings with two education software vendors. The county is awaiting results of inquiries by the state prosecutor and by the FBI and U.S. Attorney's office into Hornsby's dealings with vendors. [Page 1b


New runoff ordered in Ukraine

In a victory for opposition demonstrators, Ukraine's Supreme Court ordered a new presidential runoff between opposition leader Viktor A. Yushchenko and Prime Minister Viktor F. Yanukovych because of fraud. [Page 1a

At least 30 die in Iraq bombings

At least 30 people were killed when insurgents bombed a police station and mosque in Baghdad. [Page 12a


Change of course possible at HHS

The resignation of Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy G. Thompson gives President Bush an opportunity to chart a new course for the department in his second term. A major item confronting the next head of the sprawling agency is the next stage of Medicare reform. [Page 3a

Bush decides to keep Rumsfeld

Sticking with the senior member of his war council at a time when the United States is struggling to stabilize Iraq, President Bush has decided to keep Donald H. Rumsfeld on as defense secretary, a senior administration official said yesterday. [Page 3a


Bonds: Steroid use unintended

Barry Bonds, third on baseball's career home run list, testified to a federal grand jury that he used a clear substance and a cream given to him by a trainer who was indicted in a steroid-distribution ring, but said he didn't know they were steroids, the San Francisco Chronicle reported. [Page 1c

MLB OKs D.C. team; O's dissent

With the Orioles' Peter Angelos casting the only dissenting vote, Major League Baseball owners conditionally approved the relocation of the Montreal Expos to Washington. Angelos and MLB have not come to an agreement over how his franchise would be financially protected in sharing the market with the newly renamed Washington Nationals. [Page 1c


Hiring slows into holiday season

Employers slowed their hiring as they headed into the holiday shopping season, adding just 112,000 new jobs in November for the weakest gain in five months. [Page 10c

Air Cargo to file for Chapter 11

Air Cargo Inc., an Annapolis freight logistics company, said it plans to immediately cease some operations and file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization early next week. Anne Arundel County officials said 60 of 80 workers are expected to lose jobs. [Page 10c

$199-a-year phone service due

A Virginia start-up company will use Internet technology to offer flat-rate telephone service for $199 a year in about 50 markets, including Baltimore and Washington. [Page 10c


'Beer Radio' show going national

Two cousins are turning a lifelong love of beer into a sudsy empire. Last year, Joe Gardenghi of Catonsville and Dennis Buettner of Severna Park started Beer Radio, a call-in show that is to beer what Car Talk is to cars. Sirius satellite radio and a syndication company that will put it on 80 stations have picked it up. [Page 1d

Leaves, grass, cicadas, paper art

Artist Jessie Lehson makes paper out of leaves, weeds and grass. Last summer, cicada carcasses turned up, so Lehson preserved some wings and incorporated them into a paper sculpture to be on view from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. today only in the "spare room" at 3720 Greenmount Ave. [Page 1d

HBO film looks at Peter Sellers

The Life and Death of Peter Sellers, a film about feverish and troubled imagination of the comic actor, premieres at 9 p.m. tomorrow on HBO. [Page 1d


"Perhaps there were some missteps in the execution of the mission, but I don't think that should detract from the high standard that he set."

Former U.S. attorney George Beall on current U.S. Attorney Thomas M. DiBiagio (Article, Page 1A)



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