Sun Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

December 29, 2006

NATIONAL

Bush prepares for Ford service

President Bush declared that Tuesday will be a day of mourning for former President Gerald R. Ford, and the White House announced yesterday that Bush will return to Washington earlier than planned, to speak at Ford's memorial service. pg 1A

Domestic violence falls by half

In a sweeping study of crime in the American household, the Justice Department reported yesterday that domestic violence, one of the most common offenses against women, has fallen by more than half since 1993. pg 1A

MARYLAND

State home values still rising

State assessment notices being mailed to 661,000 Maryland property owners today show another huge jump in home values, and lower-priced properties increasing in value faster than higher-priced ones. pg 1A

Curran on the job hunt

Packing his belongings into boxes in his increasingly empty office, outgoing Maryland Attorney General J. Joseph Curran Jr. said he is looking at job prospects and would be willing to serve as temporary president of the Injured Workers' Insurance Fund. pg 1B

SPORTS

Terps beat Mount St. Mary's

The Maryland men's basketball team beat Mount St. Mary's, 91-50, at Comcast Center to improve to 12-2. Mike Jones was high scorer for the Terps with 29 points. pg 1E

BUSINESS

-DOW-9.05

12,501.52

-NASDAQ-5.65

2,425.57

-S&P-2.11

1,424.73

+SUN INDEX+.50

360.78

WORLD

Hussein could die in next days

Saddam Hussein met with two of his half brothers and his lawyers yesterday at a U.S. detention facility as a senior U.S. official said his execution could come in "a couple of days." That would place it before the religious Eid holiday. pg 17A

Somali capital falls

Somalia's beleaguered capital fell early today to Ethiopian and Somali government troops who marched quietly into the city before dawn and took control without firing a shot. An Islamic alliance that had controlled Mogadishu and much of the country evaporated yesterday after a string of military losses, and in the security vacuum, violent looting broke out in the capital. pg 18A

TODAY

2006 was the year of the Brits

For both critical and commercial success, the anthem for this year in movies was "Rule Britannia." Pictures with quality, "pull" or both often had an English accent. pg 1C

From Idol to Dreamgirl

Dreamgirls star and one-time American Idol contestant Jennifer Hudson talks about her sudden high profile since the film's release. pg 3C

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