Sun Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

February 11, 2006

NATIONAL

`Catastrophe' that was Katrina

Former FEMA Director Michael D. Brown testified that hours before Hurricane Katrina struck the Gulf Coast, he called President Bush directly and told him the storm was going to be "a catastrophe within a catastrophe." pg 1a

Pre-Iraq war evidence ignored?

A CIA veteran who oversaw intelligence assessments about the Middle East from 2000 to 2005 accused the Bush administration of ignoring or distorting the prewar evidence on a broad range of issues related to Iraq. pg 3a

MARYLAND

Regents toughen discipline

The University of Maryland regents made it easier yesterday to discipline students involved in post-game disturbances. The regents closed a loophole in a previous policy. pg 1b

Mild slowing in real estate

With each passing month, evidence increases of a mild, if uneven, slowdown in the regional real estate market, with the number of homes on the market rising steadily as prices and sales slip further from their summer peaks. pg 10c

WORLD

Russia out of step with West

Russian President Vladimir V. Putin's public musings that he planned to invite leaders of the militant group Hamas to Moscow for talks has left Russia out of step with the West but has highlighted Russia's newfound assertiveness. pg 10a

SPORTS

Ceremony opens Winter Games

Cross-country skier Stefania Belmondo was the final torchbearer in a Winter Olympics opening ceremony that included in-line skaters in futuristic helmets that shot flames 6 feet into the air, fake cows on rollers, dancing trees and Luciano Pavarotti. pg 1a

TODAY

Not too late for Valentine's date

If you don't have a Valentine date yet, never fear. We have a plan for you. pg 1d

BUSINESS

DOW

+ 35.70

10,919.05

NASDAQ

+6.01

2,261.88

S&P

+ 3.21

1,266.99

SUN INDEX

+ 0.30

339.22

Quote Of the day

"This was really a special night for Torino. Everything about the ceremony made us proud."

Federico Andorrino, a college student, on the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics Article, PG 1a

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