Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

September 01, 2006

MARYLAND

Assembly's wording on ballot

Maryland's secretary of state has agreed to scrap her wording of a ballot question on whether to amend the state constitution to restrict state land sales, language her critics had alleged was intentionally confusing. Instead, the wording approved by the General Assembly will appear on the ballot. If approved by voters, it will require General Assembly approval before the state can sell parkland or preserved land. pg 1b

NATIONAL

Bush defends Iraq war

President Bush began a new effort to shore up flagging support for the war in Iraq, telling a veterans group that the fight against terrorism was no mere military conflict but the decisive ideological struggle of the 21st century. pg 3a

WORLD

Iran defies U.N. deadline

Iran defied a United Nations deadline for suspending uranium enrichment and has not cooperated with inspectors trying to assess whether its program is for peaceful purposes, the U.N.'s nuclear watchdog reported. pg 12a

At least 53 killed in Baghdad

Rockets slammed into buildings, bombs exploded on the streets and mortar rounds fell from the sky before nightfall in an apparently coordinated strike on Baghdad, killing at least 53 people and injuring almost 200, authorities said. The multiple attacks struck a broad swath of largely Shiite Muslim districts in east Baghdad, immediately raising suspicions of sectarian motives. pg 12a

BUSINESS

DOW -- DOWN

-1.76

11,381.15

NASDAQ -- DOWN

-1.98

2,183.75

S&P -- DOWN

-0.45

1,303.82

SUN INDEX -- UP

+0.02

327.71

Fund scandal settlements

Investors hurt by improper mutual fund trading stand to get nearly $3 billion in settlements of cases started by regulators. But the process of figuring out how to distribute the money is stalled, and 90 percent of investors may not see anything. pg 1d

Lockheed wins NASA contract

In a surprise decision, NASA chose Bethesda-based Lockheed Martin Corp. over Northrop Grumman Corp. to build an Apollo-like capsule that would return humans to the moon as a steppingstone to a manned mission to Mars. pg 1d

SPORTS

Ravens beat Redskins, 17-10

Steve McNair connected with receiver Mark Clayton for McNair's first touchdown pass of the preseason in a 17-10 victory over the Washington Redskins in both teams' final preseason game. pg 1f

TODAY

Only one's worth watching

Trust the Man and Russian Dolls, two movies opening in theaters today, are mirror images of each other - one with a big-name cast that's a cliched mess and the other offering fresh insights and winning performances from unknown European actors. pg 1c

Remembering Glenn Ford

An appreciation of actor Glenn Ford, an actor who never won an Academy Award but who nevertheless attracted movie ticket buyers to the box office for 52 years. pg 1c

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"People love that speech he gives. It's almost a confessional. This is the age of Oprah. We love those things."

Larry J. Sabato, director of the University of Virginia's Center for Politics, on Senate candidate Kweisi Mfume's candor when discussing lessons he's learned from his past

Article, PG 1B

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