Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

December 20, 2005

NATIONAL

Bush defends use of NSA in U.S.

President Bush says he absolutely had the power to order a secret National Security Agency program to eavesdrop inside the U.S. without warrants. pg 1a

Congress OKs stem-cell measure

Congress passed a measure to further the use of adult stem cells from umbilical cords. pg 3a

WORLD

Shiite coalition wins many seats

A Shiite Muslim coalition built around Iraq's current governing alliance won a commanding number of seats in Thursday's elections, according to preliminary results and unofficial reports from around the country. pg 1a

Sharon recovering, doctors say

Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon suffered no lasting damage from a minor stroke and probably will be released today, doctors said. pg 16a

MARYLAND

Man charged in killings of five

Baltimore police said a 34-year-old man has been charged with killing five mostly elderly "defenseless" people in West and Northwest Baltimore - three this year, one in 2002 and one in 1999. Four victims were strangled; one was beaten. pg 1a

Environmentalists decry action

Environmentalists and Democratic lawmakers decried yesterday what some called backroom teamwork between the Ehrlich administration and the power industry to kill a bill intended to reduce the state's chronic air pollution. pg 1b

BUSINESS

DOW -- DOWN

- 39.06

10,836.53

NASDAQ -- DOWN

- 29.74

2,222.74

S&P -- DOWN

- 7.40

1,259.92

SUN INDEX -- DOWN

- 3.58

324.54

Constellation deal in detail

An $11.5-billion deal announced yesterday between Constellation Energy Group Inc. in Baltimore and FPL Group Inc. in Florida would form the nation's second-largest electric utility portfolio. pg 1a

Eisner CEO to step down

Steve Eisner is stepping down as president and chief executive officer of the Baltimore advertising agency that bears his family name, part of a major restructuring for Eisner Communications. pg 1d

TODAY

Pioneer theater producer dies

T. Edward Hambleton, a lifelong Baltimorean who transformed theater in New York and beyond, has died at age 94. pg 1a

SPORTS

Boller sharp in Ravens' 48-3 rout

Kyle Boller was 19-for-27 for 253 yards and three touchdowns in leading the Ravens past the Packers, 48-3. Todd Heap caught nine passes for 110 yards and two touchdowns. The 48 points were the most in club history. pg 1e

Terps' Williams gets extension

Maryland men's basketball coach Gary Williams signed a new contract that boosts his salary by $300,000 and leaves open the possibility of his making as much as $2.3 million this year. pg 1e

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"If T. was on board, nothing could go wrong. He was one of those men who exuded comfort and safety."

Actress Rosemary Harris, on pioneering theater producer T. Edward Hambleton, a lifelong Baltimorean who died Saturday Article, PG 1a

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