Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

December 27, 2005

NATIONAL

NSA spying a setback for Bush?

Things were looking up for President Bush, whose popularity was rebounding after a series of speeches about Iraq. Then came revelations about domestic spying by the National Security Agency and accusations of presidential overreaching. Now, his political comeback could be harder. pg 1a

Democrats move on wage issue

It's been almost nine years since Congress has raised the minimum wage, which stands at $5.15 an hour. Sensing a potential winning issue, Democrats are preparing ballot initiatives to boost turnout of Democratic-leaning voters in 2006 elections. pg 3a

WORLD

More than 2 dozen killed in Iraq

More than two dozen people died in Iraq on the worst day of violence since the national elections. The attacks, mainly on Shiite-dominated security services, sparked fears of an upsurge in violence. pg 10a

Sharon to have heart surgery

Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon plans to undergo a procedure to repair a tiny hole in his heart, probably within the next three weeks. pg 10a

TODAY

Not back in game, Schmoke says

After former Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke was pictured in October with Comptroller William Donald Schaefer endorsing gubernatorial candidate Douglas M. Duncan, speculation began on his possible return to politics. No, he says emphatically. pg 1c

SPORTS

`Betty' wins Juvenile Filly

Somethinaboutbetty, ridden by jockey Michael Luzzi, won the Maryland Juvenile Filly Championship Stakes at Laurel Park by 2 lengths over Don't Tell Susan. The Todd Pletcher-trained filly covered the one-mile course in 1 minute, 41.04 seconds. pg 1d

BUSINESS

Federal spending up in Md.

Maryland has moved up to second place among states in per capita federal spending on procurement contracts. Virginia is No. 1. The Census Bureau report covers the fall 2003 to the fall 2004. pg 7d

MARYLAND

Assessment tests questioned

Wide gaps in student performance on federal and state assessments in reading and math prompt some to ask: Are state tests too easy? pg 1a

Fire damages seniors building

A four-alarm fire at a senior citizens apartment building in Reisterstown drove about 70 people from their homes yesterday morning and left four residents with minor injuries. pg 1b

Quote

Of the day

"I had to represent my whole family. This is for all three of us. That's what I keep telling myself."

Erin Shipley, a physical therapist, discussing her solo early-morning post-Christmas shopping experience

Article, PG 1b

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