Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

August 30, 2006

NATIONAL

Long line of false confessors

With Colorado prosecutors dropping charges in the 10-year-old murder case of child beauty queen JonBenet Ramsey, the 41-year-old itinerant teacher they arrested, John Mark Karr, joins a long line of people who confess to notorious crimes they did not commit. pg 1a

Rumsfeld attacks war critics

Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld unleashed one of the Bush administration's most caustic assaults yet on critics of the Iraq war, ramping up the Republican election-year attack against Democrats over national security. pg 1a

WORLD

Parallel Mexican government?

Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, convinced that he won't be awarded the presidency, has vowed to create a parallel leftist government and is urging Mexicans not to recognize the apparent victory of the ruling party's Felipe Calderon. pg 14a

Iraqi deaths as Gonzales arrives

U.S. Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales arrived in Baghdad, Iraq, to discuss the rule of law, a day when the law of the street left its own calling card: 21 bodies found in Baghdad, all bearing signs of torture and execution. pg 15a

MARYLAND

New test's impact on SAT scores

High school seniors got much lower scores on their SATs last academic year in Maryland and across the country, perhaps, officials say, because the new test is longer and fewer students were willing to take it twice to improve their results. pg 1a

Maryland's income disparity

Maryland as a state of haves and have-nots was affirmed yesterday with the release of the latest census data on average household income and poverty. Howard County ranked among the nation's richest jurisdictions last year, with a median household income of $91,184, and Baltimore City's median income of $32,456 remained among the lowest. pg 1a

TODAY

Search out the world's fungi

An estimated 1 million undiscovered kinds of fungi exist in the world, but Cathie Aime and her co-workers at the U.N. National Fungus Collections are trying to change that. pg 1c

An exhibit of surveillance

Ubiquitous, officially sanctioned surveillance has become a fixture of the age and is the subject of an exhibit at Goucher College. pg 1c

BUSINESS

DOW -- UP

+ 17.93

11,369.94

NASDAQ -- UP

+ 11.60

2,172.30

S&P -- UP

+ 2.50

1,304.28

SUN INDEX -- UP

+ 1.76

326.07

Comcast plans to add 410 jobs

Comcast Corp. said it plans to add 410 jobs in Maryland and Delaware, largely because of popularity of its cable, Internet and telephone package. pg 1d

W.R. Grace trial is postponed

A federal judge postponed next month's criminal trial of Columbia-based W.R. Grace & Co. and several executives in a case in which hundreds of residents in a small Montana became seriously ill from exposure to asbestos from a former Grace mine. pg 1d

SPORTS

Orioles fall to Rangers, 9-4

Texas blew open a close game with five seventh-inning runs and beat the visiting Orioles, who lost outfielder Corey Patterson to injury. pg 1e

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"The common thread psychologically is that there is a clear void inside."

Dr. Robert T.M. Phillips, a forensic psychiatrist in Annapolis, on false confessors Article, PG 1a

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