Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

January 23, 2007

NATIONAL

State of the presidency

As President Bush prepares to deliver his first State of the Union address to a Democratic-controlled Congress tonight, he might be at the lowest point in his six-year presidency, analysts say. pg 3A

WORLD

Baghdad market bombed

Insurgents set off a pair of car bombs in a crowded Baghdad marketplace, killing at least 88 Iraqis in a warning sign that Sunni militants will challenge the proposed U.S. playbook to calm the country's sectarian violence.pg 1a

Iran bars U.N. inspectors

Iran is barring 38 inspectors from entering the country in retaliation for a United Nations resolution aimed at curbing Iran's nuclear program, a senior Iranian lawmaker said.pg 8a

MARYLAND

Rush for inoculations

Yesterday, the Baltimore school system turned 5,000 students away for failing to comply with the state's new immunization requirements. pg 1a

Funeral home investigated

The FBI is investigating a Baltimore funeral home, alleging its director drained the prepaid funeral accounts of more than a dozen customers. State regulators revoked the license of the director after federal agents began investigating. pg 1b

BUSINESS

DOW -- DOWN

-88.37

12,477.16

NASDAQ -- DOWN

-20.24

2,431.07

S&P -- DOWN

-7.55

1,422.95

SUN INDEX -- DOWN

-2.15

363.31

Smart utility customers

Baltimore Gas & Electric was to announce today a plan intended to reduce power demand at peak times and give customers more control over soaring energy bills by installing "smart" meters and boosting incentives for conservation.pg 1a

SPORTS

Eclipse Award winners named

Invasor was named 2006 Horse of the Year at the Eclipse Awards ceremony. Preakness winner Bernardini won 3-Year-Old Male of the Year. Roy and Gretchen Jackson, Barbaro's owners, shared Owner of the Year honors. Jockey Edgar Prado earned the Eclipse as top jockey. pg 5c

TODAY

Groove on YouTube

A music critic discovers that the ever-so-now YouTube Web site holds a trove of vintage clips from musical greats. pg 1e

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