Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

December 18, 2006

NATIONAL

Body found on Mount Hood

The body of a climber lost on Oregon's Mount Hood was found yesterday in a snow cave near the summit. The victim, whose name was not released, was one of three climbers who have missing since last week, authorities said. pg 3a

Medicaid payments may be cut

The Bush administration was expected to propose today sweeping reductions in payments to pharmacies as a way to save money for Medicaid, the health program for more than 50 million low-income people. pg 8a

WORLD

Palestinian fighting worsens

Fighting escalated between Hamas and Fatah yesterday as the foreign minister's convoy and the president's residence came under fire in Gaza City a day after President Mahmoud Abbas announced that he would call early elections. pg 13a

U.S. ends talks in Cuba

The largest U.S. congressional delegation in years ended talks in Havana yesterday without a commitment from Cuban authorities to release political prisoners or make other concessions that could help to ease U.S. sanctions against Cuba. pg 13a

MARYLAND

Tough sell

Gov.-elect Martin O'Malley, who as mayor has successfully worked with City Council for the past seven years, faces the challenge of dealing with a 188-member General Assembly led by savvy and independent thinkers who spent the past four years chewing apart the agenda of Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. pg 1a

More bus commuters A growing number of Marylanders -most of whom work in Washington or its suburbs - regularly ride the Maryland Transit Administration's long-distance commuter buses rather than drive to their jobs. According to the MTA, commuter bus ridership increased 18 percent over the last four years and more long-distance routes are in the works. pg 1a

Leopold keeps security

Anne Arundel County Executive John R. Leopold plans to continue using a police security detail that costs more than $100,000 a year. As a candidate, Leopold was skeptical about keeping the detail, but said he did so on the advice of police leaders. pg 1b

SPORTS

Brawl mars Saturday NBA game

The Denver Nuggets' Carmelo Anthony was awaiting perhaps a multigame suspension from the NBA for his role in a brawl Saturday night with the New York Knicks in which 10 players were ejected. pg 1d

GAMEDAY

Ravens get back to playoffs

The Ravens clinched a playoff berth with a 27-17 victory over the Cleveland Browns at M&T Bank Stadium. Kyle Boller - subbing for Steve McNair, whose right hand was injured early in the game - threw two touchdown passes. section e

TODAY

Drive to fame

Andy Warhol predicted 15 minutes of fame for everyone, even before Youtube. The latest celebrities - a couple of kids whose Christmas morning enthusiasm was parlayed into a BMW commercial. pg 1c

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