Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

August 25, 2006

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MARYLAND

Ballot question reworded

The Ehrlich administration has revised the General Assembly's suggested wording of a high-profile ballot question restricting state land sales in a way that legislative leaders and environmentalists say appears designed to confuse and mislead voters. The governor's office counters that it is the job of his appointed secretary of state, not the legislature, to draft the wording - and administration officials say the governor wants the referendum to pass. pg 1a

WORLD

Palestinian Authority stifled

Israel's tough measures against the Palestinians, already battered by a six-month international economic blockade, has caused the Hamas-led government to largely stop functioning. pg 1a

West likely to reject Iran offer

Germany said yesterday that Iran's response to a package of incentives to halt its nuclear program was unsatisfactory because of its refusal to freeze uranium enrichment, and diplomats suggested Tehran now faces a greater risk of United Nations sanctions. Two senior diplomats who were briefed on the Iranian counteroffer said that world powers would probably reject it. pg 10a

SPORTS

Good signs for Barbaro

Dr. Dean Richardson, Barbaro's doctor, said that he is pleased with the Kentucky Derby winner's progress but stressed that the horse has a long way to go. Richardson said that it could be six months to a year before he would know whether Barbaro could regrow enough left hoof to stand on. pg 1f

Metal prices hurt businesses

Soaring prices for copper, nickel, aluminum and other commodity metals are taking a toll on manufacturers such as Black & Decker and one of the last U.S. makers of horseshoes. pg 1e

NATIONAL

Plan B bypasses prescriptions

The Food and Drug Administration announced yesterday that the Plan B morning-after pill can now be purchased without a prescription by women 18 years and older. The decision ends a bitter three-year political fight, but doctors say it is not likely to change the behavior of women in the ways that conservatives and liberals had argued. pg 1a

Katrina contracts waste funds

The government awarded 70 percent of its contracts for Hurricane Katrina work without full competition, wasting hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars in the process, says a House study released yesterday by Democrats. The report, a comprehensive overview of government audits on Katrina contracting, found that out of $10.6 billion in contracts awarded after the storm last year, more than $7.4 billion were handed out with limited or no competitive bidding. pg 3a

TODAY

`Invincible' shows heart

Invincible, the story of an unemployed Philadelphia Eagles fan who makes the team, contains few surprises but plenty of heart. pg 1c

Take a chance on `Idlewild'

Idlewild is a passionate and enthralling film that isn't afraid to take chances. pg 1c

Quote Of the day

"It's bogus. I'm going to quote a new term: the `Irrelevant Astronomical Union.'"

Longtime Pluto researcher Alan Stern, on the International Astronomical Union's decision to demote the celestial body to dwarf planet Article, PG 1A

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Close quarters

As thousands of college students move into dorms, the biggest challenge may not be courses but getting along with their roommate.

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