Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

December 31, 2006

NATIONAL

Ford's achievements honored

The nation's capital honored Gerald R. Ford's memory yesterday in funeral ceremonies recalling the touchstones of his life, from combat in the Pacific to a career he cherished in Congress, to a presidency he did not seek. pg 1a

Raucous farewell to Brown

More than 8,500 James Brown fans filled an Augusta, Ga., arena bearing his name yesterday in a final, joyful farewell to the singer that seemed as fitting for a civil rights leader as for the Godfather of Soul. The service was followed by a private burial. pg 3a

MARYLAND

Gondola plan finds support

Two-thirds of Inner Harbor visitors questioned in a survey say they would gladly spend $7 to glide along the waterfront - up to 95 feet above street level - in a ski lift-style gondola proposed for downtown, according to a new state study. Gondolas are getting a look in some cities as an alternative to street cars and monorails. pg 1b

New Year's vigil lives on

Churches in the Baltimore area are preparing to hold Watch Night services tonight, a New Year's Eve tradition that began with 18th-century European Protestants and is carried on now in predominantly African-American congregations. pg 1b

WORLD

Crowded ferry sinks off Java

Navy ships searched into the night yesterday for survivors from a crowded Indonesian ferry that sank off Java during a violent storm, leaving most of the 638 passengers and crew missing. pg 12a

Spain blames ETA for bomb

A powerful car bomb exploded at Madrid's international airport yesterday, and Spain's government, blaming the Basque group ETA, suspended plans for peace talks with the separatists. The blast left two people missing and 26 injured, most with damage to their hearing. pg 14a

BUSINESS

Winners and laggards for 2006

Chindex, Osiris and six other Maryland companies enjoyed triple-digit returns this year, but of the top 10 stocks in 2005, eight posted declines. Here are the best- and worst-performing stocks in 2006 out of 100 publicly traded companies in Maryland. pg 1c

Money mastery starts early

Six financial experts describe how they learned to handle money at a young age and how they believe children should be taught. One suggestion: Parents can match their children's savings, in a mini-401(k) home plan. pg 1c

SPORTS

O's, Huff reach agreement

The Orioles reached an agreement on a three-year, $20 million deal with free agent Aubrey Huff, several industry sources confirmed. Huff, a 30-year-old slugger who can play first and third base and both corner outfield spots, is expected to take a physical in Baltimore this week. pg 1d

A&E TODAY

2006 artists to honor

Maryland had much to celebrate this year, from the TV series The Wire to the alternative hip-hop group Spank Rock, to Vivienne Shub and her one-woman show, The Cone Sister. We name some of those who made a difference in the arts in 2006. pg 1e

TRAVEL

Lasting impressions

We select Sun readers' best photographs from a year's worth of submissions to the "My Best Shot" series: a Greek island landscape, cheetah cubs in Kenya, fog rolling in over Golden Gate Bridge. pg 1r

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