Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

December 22, 2006

NATIONAL

Democrats focus on retention

When newly elected Democratic members of Congress showed up here last month, they were taken on the traditional round of orientation. But about 12 were singled out for a special type of orientation that has continued through this month. It is the incumbent retention program, a detailed plan worked out after Democrats swept Congress. pg 4A

Lodged bullet as evidence

In the middle of Joshua Bush's forehead, 2 inches above his eyes, lies the evidence that prosecutors say could send the teenager to prison for attempted murder: a 9 mm bullet, lodged just under the skin. pg 4A

MARYLAND

BDC picks Ray Lewis for project

Baltimore development officials selected a team yesterday that includes Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis to convert a blighted waterfront stretch into what could be a $250 million office and sports complex. While making that decision, though, at its second public meeting, the Baltimore Development Corp. board voted on the project behind closed doors, apparently in violation of the state's open-government laws. pg 1A

Liquor board inquest ends

The state prosecutor's office has wrapped up its investigation into the city liquor board and issued a statement that there will be no criminal charges filed. The state investigation was launched after an April 2005 lawsuit filed by then-liquor board chief inspector Samuel T. Daniels. The lawsuit was rife with allegations of wrongdoing by top liquor board officials and bar owners. pg 1B

WORLD

Raul Castro speaks

Known as a dour, distant and austere general, Cuba's interim leader, Raul Castro, spoke Wednesday evening to hundreds of university students about his youth, his leadership style and his older brother, the ailing Fidel Castro, whom he described as irreplaceable. pg A20

SPORTS

Ravens' Ogden questionable

Ravens Pro Bowl left tackle Jonathan Ogden might miss Sunday's game against the Pittsburgh Steelers because of a painfully sore big toe. PG 1E

TODAY

Damon is savior in `Shepherd'

The Good Shepherd is overly glum and repetitive, but Matt Damon turns in a powerful performance as a blueblood-turned-spy. pg 1C

A dim showing with `Museum'

Night at the Museum, the story of what happens at the New York Museum of Natural History when the lights go out, was a great idea. Too bad it doesn't quite work. pg 1C

BUSINESS

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