Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

December 25, 2006

NATIONAL

Oklahoma City probe criticized

The FBI failed to fully investigate information suggesting other suspects may have helped Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols with the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing, allowing questions to linger more than a decade after the deadly attack, a congressional inquiry concludes. pg 3a

Denver returning to normal

Even with a few added flights, planes leaving Denver's beleaguered airport Christmas Eve teemed with passengers, many of whom had been stranded when a two-day blizzard shut down the runways last week. The airport's two biggest airlines said they finally flew full schedules. pg 3a

MARYLAND

Coppin may forgo dean

Coppin State University is contemplating an innovative experiment in higher-education management: letting a council of four department chairmen oversee its the newly configured School of Professional Studies rather than finding a dean for the job. pg 1a

Zoo seeks more funding

Facing a record budget deficit, rising costs and slumping attendance, the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore is seeking an additional $4 million in state funding to maintain its operations. pg 1b

Fire displaces six families

A fire early on Christmas Eve heavily damaged an Aberdeen apartment building and left about a dozen people homeless. pg 3b

WORLD

Somalia conflict escalates

Ethiopian jets pounded Islamic-held positions in southern Somalia, a sharp escalation yesterday of a conflict that diplomats fear could ignite a regional war. pg 21a

Iran remains defiant

Iran reacted defiantly yesterday to the U.N. Security Council resolution imposing sanctions on the country's nuclear program. Iranian officials vowed to continue efforts to enrich uranium and warned that the Security Council action would change Iran's relationship with the United Nations' nuclear monitoring agency. pg 21a

SPORTS

Ravens cruise past Steelers

Steve McNair threw three touchdown passes and the Ravens (12-3) matched a franchise record for victories in a season set by their Super Bowl championship team in 2000 and swept the season series from the Steelers with a 31-7 victory. Section D

Redskins fall to Rams in OT

Steven Jackson had a 21-yard touchdown run in overtime and Marc Bulger tied his career best with four touchdown passes as the St. Louis Rams earned a 37-31 victory over the Washington Redskins. pg 10d

TODAY

A film to stir the heart beat

Dreamgirls, a brash heartbreaker of a musical, will put a song in your heart. pg 1c

Return of the magi

It came upon a midnight clear - the revelation that all the Nintendo Wii's were gone. But in a line one night outside a Target, the Christmas spirit was found. pg 1c

Quote of the day

"We don't get a chance to decorate the tree, to open presents with the kids."

Cpl. Courie Roberts, Baltimore soldier in Iraq Article, PG 1A

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Friday

Pick of flicks

The Sun's movie critics pick their favorite films of the year.

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Saturday

Positive end

End the year with a good feeling. Clean out the closets and donate items to a worthy charity.

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