Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

December 28, 2006

NATIONAL

Memorials for Ford to begin

Memorials for former President Gerald R. Ford, who died Tuesday at 93, will begin tomorrow with observances in Palm Desert, Calif., near where he lived, continue in Washington and conclude in Grand Rapids, Mich., where he will be buried in a hillside tomb near his presidential museum. pg 1a

Cloned-animal food likely

The Food and Drug Administration is expected to announce today that meat, milk and other food from cloned animals is safe, and that sales could begin within months. pg 1a

WORLD

Showdown in Mogadishu?

Troops from Ethiopia and Somalia's weak transitional government cornered Islamic fighters yesterday in their stronghold of Mogadishu, setting the stage for a possible showdown over Somalia's seaside capital. pg 12a

MARYLAND

Air pollution legislation sought

Pointing to a study showing an elevated risk of pollution-related cancer in Maryland, health and environmental advocates said they would push for legislation requiring Maryland to join 11 other states that require new vehicles to be equipped with technology to reduce airborne emissions. pg 1b

Homicides spike in Harford

The death toll from homicides in Harford County is the highest in nearly a decade. Seven deaths this year in Harford have been ruled homicides, and authorities were awaiting rulings on the cause of death of three women whose bodies were found in remote areas near Aberdeen. pg 1b

BUSINESS

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Ravens testing 3-D technology

The Baltimore Ravens have been testing a new technology the past two years that will be launched next month. Developed by a Hunt Valley-based sports technology company, Play Visualizer allows coaches and players to watch plays in 3-D from several different viewpoints. pg 1e

TODAY

Nurse helps in Peru for 9th year

A diagnosis of breast cancer didn't keep Mercy Medical Center nurse Gisella Alvarez from doing volunteer work on a medical-aid project in Peru for the ninth- straight year. pg 1c

Stars worry about high-def TV

As more networks and more Americans switch to high-definition television, stars worry that all their wrinkles, pimples and pores will be put clearly on display. pg 1c

SPORTS

Feds entitled to testing data

Federal officials investigating steroids in sports can use previously confidential drug tests that about 100 major league baseball players failed as part of the probe, a federal appeals court has ruled. pg 1d

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