Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

December 12, 2006

NATIONAL

Success in Iraq called crucial

President Bush reiterated yesterday that success in Iraq is crucial to the long-term protection of the United States. He also said that Iraq's regional neighbors have a responsibility to help the country's fledgling government. pg 3a

2 launches at Wallops delayed

Faulty software and a balky computer on a simulator in New Mexico delayed the launch yesterday of two satellites from the NASA Wallops Flight Facility on Virginia's Eastern Shore. Officials were unsure about rescheduling. pg 5a

MARYLAND

Spicknall found dead in prison

Richard Spicknall II, 34, who seven years ago shot and killed his two small children while they were strapped in their car seats, was found dead in the showers at a Jessup prison over the weekend, authorities said. The state medical examiner ruled the death a "homicide by general asphyxia." pg 1a

Fear of AIDS-funds loss abated

Fears that Maryland - and the Baltimore region in particular - could lose much of its federal AIDS funding receded over the weekend as Congress reauthorized the Ryan White CARE Act. President Bush has promised to sign the legislation. pg 1b

SPORTS

NBA to return to old basketball

The NBA sent a memo to teams yesterday, saying that it would scrap its new microfiber composite ball and bring back the old leather one Jan. 1. pg 1d

BUSINESS

DOW -- UP

+ 20.99

12,328.48

NASDAQ -- UP

+ 5.50

2,442.86

S&P -- UP

+ 3.20

1,413.04

SUN INDEX -- UP

+ 0.50

360.22

AIG unit to buy port operations

DP World said that AIG Global Investment Group, the U.S. insurer's asset manager, was the highest bidder for the Middle Eastern company's operations in Baltimore and five other U.S. ports. pg 1e

Decline in home sales slows

The number of homes sold last month in metropolitan Baltimore posted the smallest decline in 10 months as sellers became increasingly willing to forgo price gains - a trend that could signal that the sales slump here might be nearing bottom. pg 1e

WORLD

Key witness in poisoning death

Investigators in Moscow questioned a key witness in the radioactive poisoning death of former KGB agent Alexander Litvinenko. pg 14a

Iraqi parties discuss coalition

After discussions with the Bush administration, several of Iraq's major political parties are in talks to form a coalition whose aim would be to break the influence of radical Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr in the government, senior Iraqi officials say. pg 15a

TODAY

Lighting up of two stages

Christopher Akerlind lights up the stage. The work of the Tony Award-winning lighting designer can be seen in The Boys from Syracuse, playing at Center Stage, and Light in the Piazza, which opens next week at the Kennedy Center. pg 1c

Spirit of sharing at Stella Maris

Wesley and Stella Jefferies exhibit the spirit of sharing in the frequent trips they make to Stella Maris to care for the elderly. pg 1c

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