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Uneasy town faces its past

Old, raw emotions have resurfaced in the town of Philadelphia, Miss., where a former Klansman was arrested last week in the killings of three civil rights workers. Many in Philadelphia say they have long felt the shame the murders brought 40 years ago. [Page 1a]

Sergeant sentenced to 6 months

A military jury sentenced an Army sergeant to six months in military prison yesterday for ordering his soldiers to throw Iraqis into the Tigris River. Sgt. 1st Class Tracy Perkins, 33, was convicted of aggravated assault and obstruction of justice, but he will not be discharged. [Page 3a]

WORLD

Disaster opens a window

The tsunami that devastated much of Sri Lanka caused more destruction in an hour than government and guerrilla forces created in 20 years of civil war. But by forcing both sides to offer humanitarian aid, the tsunami has also created a turning point in a long, bitter conflict. [Page 1a]

Monumental challenges for Abbas

If Mahmoud Abbas wins the election for Palestinian Authority president today as expected, he will face not only the globally important challenge of ending the conflict with Israel, but also the acute problems Palestinians face on a daily basis. [Page 1a]

MARYLAND

Fears grow over medical costs

Maryland voters, troubled that skyrocketing medical malpractice insurance rates could cause doctors to leave the state or choose less risky specialties, overwhelmingly call the escalating costs a crisis that jeopardizes the quality of health care, The Sun Poll released today shows. [Page 1a]

Glendening criticizes GOP policies

Former Gov. Parris N. Glendening delivered a rebuke of Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.'s environmental policies yesterday, breaking two years of silence on his successor's administration. Glendening never mentioned Ehrlich by name in his speech at the Maryland Progressive Summit in Annapolis, but he said he was angered by policies employed by state officials. [Page 1b]

O'Malley begins dual-purpose tour

When Mayor Martin O'Malley begins a six-day tour of Israel, his official mission will be to buttress Baltimore's homeland security efforts with lessons from a nation well versed in dealing with political violence. But political observers say O'Malley's trip also serves an unofficial purpose: to buttress his support among Baltimore-area Jewish voters. [Page 1b]

SPORTS

Jets, Rams win wild-card games

Doug Brien's 28-yard field goal with five seconds left in the first overtime period gave the visiting New York Jets a 20-17 win over the San Diego Chargers in an AFC wild-card playoff game. Earlier, the St. Louis Rams became the first 8-8 NFL team to win in the postseason, defeating the host Seattle Seahawks, 27-20, on a touchdown pass to Cam Cleeland with 2:11 to play. [Page 1e]

N. Carolina routs Terps, 109-75

No. 3 North Carolina used a 23-5 first-half run to pull away from No. 22 Maryland and hand the Terps their worst defeat in nearly five seasons, 109-75, in Chapel Hill. "They pretty much ran us off the court," said Maryland forward Nik Caner-Medley. [Page 1e]

Arenas lifts Wizards, 117-114

Gilbert Arenas scored seven of his season-high 40 points in the final 2:19 to lead the Washington Wizards to their fourth consecutive victory, 117-114, over the visiting Minnesota Timberwolves. Larry Hughes had 28 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists for the Wizards, who at 19-13 are off to their best start in 20 seasons. [Page 8e]

BUSINESS

Last-quarter rally boosts 2004

The combination of a late-autumn drop in oil prices, a decisive presidential election and a weakened dollar that gave a boost to international stocks fueled a potent finishing kick for mutual fund investors. By December's end, equity funds held $3.8 trillion of investors' money and had climbed 13.6 percent on average for the year. [Page 1d]

Wal-Mart slips, then springs back

The world's largest retailer stumbled early in the holiday season, revealing what some industry watchers called potential weaknesses and new pressures for Wal-Mart Stores Inc. Others, however, said the chain's lightning response and rebound show why the behemoth won't succumb the way other grand names in U.S. retail did. [Page 1d]

ARTS & SOCIETY

Buildings that rise above

From groundbreaking updates at the airport and aquarium to a new kind of military-industrial complex, six local projects show architectural promise for 2005 and beyond. The creators of these buildings are taking risks and breaking with convention. [Page 1f]

HOME & FAMILY

All together at the table

The family dinner is making a comeback, according to a recent survey that showed 61 percent of American teens ate an evening meal with their family at least five nights a week. The trend signals better nutrition and less anti-social behavior for children. [Page 1n]

TRAVEL

Parallel universe in the Antipodes

No matter how much Americans and Australians share in their language and customs - from a back-slapping welcome to a love of head-rattling football tackles - the differences between the cultures are appealingly clear when you get Down Under. [Page 1r

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"The low-income housing plan in Baltimore County seems to be a bulldozer."

Lauren Siegel, president of the board of Baltimore County-based Innterim Housing Corp. (Article, Page 1B)

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TODAY ONLINE

GENERAL ASSEMBLY Q & A

Send your questions to The Sun's David Nitkin and other reporters about issues coming up this week in the 2005 Maryland General Assembly. www.baltimoresun.com/politics

PALESTINIAN ELECTION

Palestinians go to the polls today to elect a successor to Yasser Arafat. Read our coverage at www.baltimoresun.com/roadmap

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