Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

December 22, 2005

NATIONAL

Senate blocks Alaska oil drilling

The Senate blocked an effort to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil drilling while approving the first significant tightening of federal spending in nearly a decade. pg 1a

N.Y. transit union to halt strike?

Threatened with huge fines and possible jail time, New York's transit union suggested that it would be willing to end a strike that has shut down bus and subway service for two days if the city drops its plan for changing workers' pensions. pg 3a

WORLD

Hussein claims abuse by U.S.

After listening for hours to witnesses' accounts of torture at the hands of his government, Saddam Hussein asserted at his trial yesterday that he also has been the victim of prison abuse - by his American captors. pg 15a

Israelis issue threats on vote

Israeli officials threatened to prohibit balloting in East Jerusalem during the Palestinian parliamentary elections, a move that Palestinian leaders warned could imperil the Jan. 25 vote and lead to civil unrest. pg 15a

MARYLAND

Two city police officers killed

Two Baltimore City police officers were fatally shot yesterday in a Pikesville townhouse, and a state- agency officer who knew the victims turned himself in to authorities and was being questioned in the killings. pg 1a

Sailing Hall of Fame announced

A Sailing Hall of Fame will be built in Annapolis and house exhibits on the sport that will draw tourists and enthusiasts, officials announced. They hope to have the first exhibits and displays in place for the arrival of the Volvo Ocean Race in April. pg 2b

SPORTS

Cardinals, Ponson agree to deal

Former Orioles pitcher Sidney Ponson reached an agreement with the St. Louis Cardinals on a one-year contract. Ponson is guaranteed a $1 million base salary and could receive another $1.5 million in potential incentives. pg 1c

Ogden named to Pro Bowl

Offensive tackle Jonathan Ogden was selected as the Ravens' only representative on the NFL Pro Bowl roster and will make his ninth-straight appearance in the game. Tight end Todd Heap and safety Ed Reed were named alternates. pg 8c

BUSINESS

DOW -- UP

+ 28.18

10,833.73

NASDAQ -- UP

+ 9.24

2,231.66

S&P -- UP

+ 3.17

1,262.79

SUN INDEX -- UP

+ 1.17

326.49

Town & Country Trust to be sold

The Town & Country Trust, a Baltimore-based apartment owner, has agreed to be acquired by a joint venture of Morgan Stanley Real Estate and Onex Real Estate for $1.3 billion in cash. Shareholders would be paid $33.90 a share, a 13.8 percent premium over Monday's closing price. pg 1d

FPL officials defending CEG deal

FPL Group's planned $11.5 billion acquisition of Constellation Energy isn't drawing roars of approval in Florida. FPL officials defend the deal. pg 1d

TODAY

Neighborhoods friendly rivals

Don't tell Canton and Federal Hill residents there's no difference between them. These neighborhoods have a friendly rivalry, and a T-shirt campaign to benefit charity will help determine who's on top. pg 1e

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"It's a shame that right here we stand in the opulence of Baltimore's Inner Harbor, and there are homeless men who sleep here every night."

Bishop Douglas I. Miles of the Koinonia Baptist Church Article, PG 1b

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