Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

December 21, 2006

NATIONAL

Bush works on Iraq plan

A day after saying that America is not winning the war, President Bush warned of dire consequences if the United States is run out of Iraq. He declined to preview his plan for Iraq, which he is to announce next month, but acknowledged the need to recruit more soldiers for a U.S. military increasingly stressed by global commitments. pg 1a

WORLD

Unrest in Somalia

Clashes between Islamic fighters and Ethiopian-backed government soldiers heightened fears yesterday that Somalia is inching toward a civil war that could drag in the entire Horn of Africa. pg 16a

MARYLAND

Jessamy to get $83,000 raise

Baltimore's Board of Estimates approved an $83,000 salary increase for city State's Attorney Patricia C. Jessamy, taking her salary to $225,000 a year and making her the highest paid employee in the city.

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SPORTS

O's could leave Fort Lauderdale

City commissioners in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., reversed an earlier decision and declined to support funding necessary to upgrade the local baseball stadium, which could lead the Orioles to find a new spring training home for 2008. pg 1d

BUSINESS

DOW -- DOWN

-7.45

12,463.87

NASDAQ -- DOWN

-1.94

2,463.61

S&P -- DOWN

-2.02

1,423.53

SUN INDEX -- UP

+0.87

359.24

Allstate to curb policies in Md.

Allstate Corp., one of Maryland's largest insurers, will stop writing homeowners policies in coastal areas of the state, citing warnings by scientists that a warmer Atlantic Ocean will lead to more severe hurricanes hitting the Northeast in the long term.pg 1a

Pratt questions superblock sale

City Comptroller Joan M. Pratt is questioning the proposed sale of properties in downtown's superblock area to a New York developer for $21.6 million, leading the Board of Estimates yesterday to postpone a scheduled vote to approve the sales agreement. pg 1c

TODAY

Damon is still a media darling

Matt Damon has the boyish good looks of a comic book hero. However, somehow he has managed to become a superstar without any tabloid taint. pg 1e

Calling out fair-weather fans

Kevin Cowherd says the great thing about having a football team bound for the playoffs is watching folks around town shamelessly jump on the bandwagon. pg 1e

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