Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

December 30, 2005

MARYLAND

Assessments take big leap

Assessments mailed to a third of Maryland property owners boost values an average of 20 percent, the biggest jump since the current system was established in 1980. Pg 1a

Primary plan appears doomed

State Democratic delegates" opposition seems to have succeeded in blocking an effort to move the party primary from September to June or July - a step that advocates said would give Democrats an edge. pg 1a

NATIONAL

Red Cross scrutiny grows

Lawmakers intensified their scrutiny of the Red Cross yesterday as the chairman of the Senate Finance Committee asked the organization for correspondence, minutes of board meetings and other records. pg 3a

New Orleans deaths analyzed

The collapse of floodwalls along two New Orleans canals during Hurricane Katrina led to twice as many deaths as did surge-waters from the storm itself, an analysis shows. pg 5a

WORLD

U.S. to rein in Iraqi police

U.S. officials announced plans yesterday to rein in Iraqi special police forces, increasing the number of troops assigned to work with them and requiring permission for Iraqi raids in Baghdad, after a series of abuse scandals that have inflamed sectarian tensions. pg 19a

BUSINESS

DOW -- DOWN

- 11.44

10,784.82

NASDAQ -- DOWN

-10.78

2,218.16

S&P -- DOWN

-3.75

1,254.42

SUN INDEX -- DOWN

-0.26

327.48

Housing inventory grows

The double-digit price gains of the past few years continue to hold in the housing market, but homes are coming onto the market faster than they are selling, and Realtors no longer lament a lack of inventory. pg 1a

Miller poised to extend streak

Legg Mason Inc."s Bill Miller is poised today to extend to 15 consecutive yeas his record of beating the S&P 500. pg 1e

SPORTS

Tejada wants to play elsewhere

Orioles shortstop Miguel Tejada reiterated his request to play for another team in 2006. "Next year, I want to be somewhere where they want to win." he said last night. pg 1c

Fassel will be back with Ravens

Ravens coach Brian Billick said that Jim Fassel would return as the team's offensive coordinator next season unless he receives a head coaching job this offseason. If Fassel is able to land such a job, Billick indicated that quarterbacks coach Rick Neuheisel would be promoted to coordinator. pg 1c

TODAY

Best movies of 2005

As the year comes to an end this weekend, Sun critics Michael Sragow and Chris Kaltenbach offer their picks for the 10 best movies of 2005. pg 1f

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"Part of it is education, and part of it is understanding that if people don't stand on the wall, we'll be speaking Russian or Chinese in a heartbeat."

Robert Cadwalader, 63, Whose family has served in the military since the American Revolution Article, PG 1B

Up next

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Big Brother is watching

Big Brother's everywhere these days, guarding against a potential terrorist attack, making Baltimore's streets safer and listening and watching in ways that could hardly be imagined a generation ago.

IN IDEAS

ONLINE

TODAY

Remembering Elrod

Get stories and photos and to share your memories of former Orioles player and coach Elrod Hendricks. baltimoresun.com/ hendricks.

Sragow's top movies

Listen to film critic Michael Sragow discuss his top movies of 2005 at baltimoresun.com/ Sragow.

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