Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

December 19, 2005

NATIONAL

Bush asserts U.S. is winning war

President Bush asserted yesterday night the United States is winning the war in Iraq but acknowledged setbacks and the doubts of some "that the war is lost and not worth another dime or another day." He pleaded with Americans to ignore "defeatists who refuse to see that anything is right." pg 1a

House negotiates budget cuts

Racing to adjourn for the year, the House was poised to pass a final package of budget cuts late last night and was expected to consider two other key pieces of legislation this morning. pg 3a

WORLD

Israel's Sharon hospitalized

Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon was hospitalized last night after having a minor stroke, hospital officials said, adding a fresh element of uncertainty to a tumultuous political season in Israel. pg 1a

Export subsidies deal reached

Trade ministers representing almost all the world's governments reached a deal here last night that sets a deadline for wiping out subsidies of agricultural exports by 2013, realizing a goal that U.S. negotiators have been pursuing for two decades. pg 10a

MARYLAND

Writing program for inmates

While they are rare in women prisons nationwide, a writing program at the Maryland Correctional Institute for Women in Jessup gives inmates a chance to learn to express themselves on paper and, it is hoped, help prepare themselves for life on the outside. pg 1a

Development bill set for vote

The Baltimore County Council is scheduled to vote tonight on a bill designed to close a loophole in a law intended to cut off residential development near crowded schools. Under current procedures, the county could approve two residential projects that individually would not make a school become crowded but that cumulatively would. pg 1b

TODAY

Exercising body and mind

Countless athletes are giving their minds the same attention they have long given their muscles and availing themselves of the psychologists, consultants and mental coaches to help them perform at optimum levels. pg 1c

SPORTS

Dodgers land Garciaparra

Five-time All-Star Nomar Garciaparra agreed to a one-year contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers. Garciaparra, 32, was considered one of baseball's best shortstops for several years while playing with the Boston Red Sox and won the American League batting title in 1997. pg 4d

GAMEDAY

Colts suffer first loss of season

The Indianapolis Colts' quest to finish the season with a perfect record ended with a 26-17 loss to the San Diego Chargers. The Colts joined the 1934 Chicago Bears and the 1998 Denver Broncos as teams that started 13-0 before faltering. pg 1e

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"I'm just teaching them, I hope, that no matter where you are, you can still fulfill your dreams. No one can lock up your mind."

Debra Williams-Garner, writing teacher at the Maryland Correctional Institute for Women

Article, PG 1A

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CAL CASTS

Listen to Cal Ripken answer parents' questions about raising young athletes: baltimoresun.com/askcal

STATE POLITICS

For stories on Maryland politics and state political editor David Nitkin's answers to selected readers' questions: baltimoresun.com/politics

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