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Army Reserve a "broken force

In a detailed memorandum to senior Army leaders last month, the chief of the Army Reserve described his force of 200,000 part-time soldiers as deteriorating and "broken." [Page 1a]

People generous in tsunami aid

Relief organizations say they are seeing an unprecedented response in individual donations for tsunami victims as the total reaches $180 million. [Page 1a]

Bush to outline domestic agenda

President Bush is leaving on a Midwest trip to outline details of his domestic agenda, which includes revamping Social Security, rewriting medical malpractice and immigration laws and overhauling the tax code. [Page 3a]

WORLD

Victims overwhelm hospitals

Tsunami victims in Indonesia overwhelmed hospitals in Indonesia yesterday as Secretary of State Colin L. Powell led a U.S. entourage on a tour of the region. [Page 1a]

Iraqi insurgent violence continues

Five American troops, 10 Iraqi commandos and the governor of the Baghdad region were killed in insurgent assaults yesterday, raising new security worries over the country's election that is scheduled for Jan. 30. [Page 1a]

MARYLAND

Hospitals, doctors oppose bill veto

Leaders of the state's doctors and hospitals urged Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. not to veto the malpractice bill passed by the legislature last week. The state medical society and the Maryland Hospital Association said the immediate relief the bill provides doctors on insurance premiums was essential. [Page 1a]

State proposes parkland transfer

The Ehrlich administration is proposing to transfer 24 acres of St. Mary's River State Park to St. Mary's County for school construction, a transaction that some say is an inappropriate use of land bought as a buffer against flooding. The county would trade the state nearly 40 acres. [Page 1b]

Disagreement at ICC hearing

Supporters and opponents of the proposed Intercounty Connector - a toll highway that would link I-95 and I-270 - clashed at the first of four hearings, with proponents praising it as a job-creating antidote to gridlock and foes condemning it as a money-wasting contributor to sprawl. [Page 1b]

SPORTS

No. 1 USC routs Oklahoma, 55-19

Matt Leinart threw a record five touchdown passes to lead No. 1 Southern California to a 55-19 rout of No. 2 Oklahoma to win the national championship. USC took advantage of four Sooner turnovers and led 38-10 by halftime, the most points Oklahoma had given up in a bowl game. [Page 1c]

Ponson is released from lockup

Orioles pitcher Sidney Ponson was released from a police station in Aruba after being detained for 11 days while police investigated his role in a Christmas Day beach fight, during which a judge was allegedly punched. He must return to Aruba for a sentencing trial in March, said a spokeswomen for the public prosecutor's office. [Page 1c]

Terps roll in tuneup for ACC

With games coming up at No. 3 North Carolina and No. 4 Wake Forest, No. 22 Maryland had little difficulty last night defeating Mount St. Mary's, 85-53. John Gilchrist and Nik Caner-Medley each scored 17 for the Terps. [Page 1c]

BUSINESS

Staples to pull some Sinclair ads

In the latest political fallout for Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc., office supply superstore Staples Inc. will pull its advertising during certain Sinclair programs in response to what it described as customer complaints about one-sided news coverage. [Page 1d]

GBC celebrating 50th year today

A "who's who" of Baltimore business leaders formed the Greater Baltimore Committee 50 years ago today. It was a marriage of public and private interests that became a model for urban revitalization. Some say the GBC has lost potency, but most agree that it remains a force in City Hall and Annapolis on key development projects. [Page 1d]

TODAY

Psychiatrist writes book on life

Dr. Gordon Livingston of Columbia weathered the loss of two children and wrote a book about the tragedy, Only Spring: On Mourning the Death of My Son. At 66, he has a second, Too Soon Old, Too Late Smart: Thirty True Things You Need to Know Now, on 33 years as a psychiatrist. [Page 1e]

TV special on tsunami victims

Much as it did after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, television is both covering the Asian tsunamis and raising money for victims. In Baltimore, WBAL will carry a special at 7 tonight produced by WNBC in New York in conjunction with the United Nations Children's Fund. WBAL anchors will open and close the hour via cut-ins. [Page 1e]

Jennifer Garner of 'Alias' is ailing

Alias star Jennifer Garner "has a viral infection," her publicist said yesterday, adding that Garner is resting at home in Los Angeles. The actress, 32, will reschedule promotion of her new movie, Elektra, in which she plays an assassin for hire in a spinoff of her character from 2003's Daredevil. [Page 2e]

TODAY ONLINE

RESERVE A 'BROKEN FORCE?'

The top general in the U.S. Army Reserve says in a memo that forces in Iraq and Afghanistan have degenerated into a "broken force". Read the memo at www.baltimoresun.com/reserve

MIKE PRESTON ON THE RAVENS

Read Sun sports columnist Mike Preston's answers to your questions about the Ravens. www.baltimoresun.com/prestonqa

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"We've never, ever raised this amount of money before. I think this kind of opens people's hearts and minds."

Fran Troxler of Lutheran World Relief, on donations for victims of the tsunamis (Article, Page 1A)

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