Sun News Digest

SUN DIGEST

August 27, 2006

MARYLAND

Drop in tax revenue expected

The onset of a real estate slowdown has Maryland's local governments - which enjoyed several years of surging revenue as home sales and values hit record levels - preparing for leaner times. pg 1b

Giannetti funds report flawed

Campaign finance reports show state Sen. John A. Giannetti Jr., a College Park Democrat in a tough re-election battle, has overstated political contributions made to his campaign since 2005, inflating his fundraising total by at least $30,000. pg 1b

WORLD

Third World turns to DDT

Banned in the United States in 1972 because of its toxic effects on wildlife, DDT is poised for expansion in the developing world. The World Health Organization plans to promote the pesticide as a cheap and effective tool against malaria. pg 1a

Kidnapped lawmaker released

Iraq's Shiite-led government, beset by sectarian violence, fuel shortages and rising prices, received a significant boost yesterday when kidnappers released a Sunni Arab lawmaker whose abduction nearly two months ago unleashed a political crisis. pg 18a

NATIONAL

Protesters dog vacationing Bush

Several hundred anti-war demonstrators gathered yesterday in Kennebunkport, Maine, to march on the road toward the century-old summer home of President Bush's parents. The president was spending four days in Kennebunkport. pg 3a

Doubts remain on levees

Despite aggressive efforts to repair the New Orleans levee system after the destruction of Hurricane Katrina, it isn't clear yet whether it could withstand a sizable hurricane this year, the head of the Army Corps of Engineers conceded yesterday. pg 16a

SPORTS

O's top Rays in 9th inning

Ramon Hernandez hit a two-out single in the bottom of the ninth, and Corey Patterson scored the winning run from second base in the Orioles' 3-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. pg 1d

A&E TODAY

Sun's choices for Emmys

Sun readers and TV critic David Zurawik pick their favorites for tonight's 58th Primetime Emmy Awards. The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences has added a layer of voting in hopes of gaining some new faces among the finalists. pg 1e

MODERN LIFE

A lesson in close quarters

If the prospect of classes, exams and endless papers wasn't stressful enough on a student, add to it the possibility of living in a small box with a complete stranger who turns out to be utterly unaware of personal boundaries and decorum. pg 1n

TRAVEL

Kids welcome in Lancaster

Lancaster is an ideal place for a family trip, especially on the cheap. With Hershey Park and Lancaster's Family Amusement Park, there's plenty for the little ones to do in Pennsylvania Dutch country. pg 1r

Quote Of the day

"These people are all volunteers. They all signed up. They all are there doing what they're doing because they want to do it."

Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld, referring to an Army brigade whose one-year tour in Iraq was extended just as it prepared to return home Article, Page 3A

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