Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

September 08, 2006

MARYLAND

City changes promotion policy

Baltimore public school students in grades three through eight are no longer required to earn a minimum score on a standardized test to be promoted to the next grade. But city school officials say they have not lowered standards or reverted to social promotion, a policy that allows students to be promoted regardless of how poorly they perform academically. pg 1A

Law firm defends connections

A politically connected law firm that has employed Baltimore Mayor Martin O'Malley's campaign treasurer for the past six years has been awarded more than $1.2 million in city legal contracts since 2000, city records show. The firm's founding partner said that the treasurer was not involved in the contracts, did not do legal work connected to them and did not benefit financially. pg 1B

TODAY

Get ready for movie land's best

Be ready for the Attack of the A-List Directors, coming to movie theaters everywhere this fall. pg 1C

Officials criticize miniseries

In recent days, members of the Clinton administration have protested that The Path to 9/11, an ABC miniseries that traces the events leading to the Sept. 11 attacks, inaccurately blames Clinton officials for not going after Osama bin Laden . pg 7A

WORLD

Britain's Blair to resign

Fighting to prolong his political life and preserve his legacy in the face of an escalating revolt within his party, British Prime Minister Tony Blair announced that he would resign within a year. pg 1A

A call for more NATO troops

NATO's top military commander said he needs more troops to fight the Taliban in southern Afghanistan, where a widening insurgency has left hundreds dead, including 21 militants in the alliance's latest air and ground attacks. pg 10A

NATIONAL

Hopkins deciphers tumor DNA

In a step that could lead to new ways of detecting and treating cancer, Johns Hopkins researchers reported yesterday that they had deciphered the genetic code of breast and colon tumors. pg 1A

Fewer teens using drugs

Fewer teenagers are abusing illegal drugs, although the rate of illicit drug use among all Americans has remained steady over the past three years, according to a government report released yesterday. Drug use among members of the baby boom generation increased during the same time period, the report found. pg 4A

SPORTS

No alcohol for Ravens

Temperatures are expected to reach 90 degrees in Tampa, Fla., for the Ravens' opener Sunday. Coach Brian Billick says his players will need their rest and should not consume alcohol. "If anybody sees any of my players having a beer between now and Saturday, I want to hear about it," Billick said. pg 1F

BUSINESS

DOW -- DOWN

-74.76

11,331.44

NASDAQ -- DOWN

-12.55

2,155.29

S&P-- DOWN

-6.24

1,294.02

SUN INDEX -- DOWN

-2.46

323.68

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"It has been successful in catching bad guys, but not bad terrorist guys."

Richard Bloom, dean of terrorism and security studies at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, on behavior pattern recognition monitoring in airports Article, PG 4A

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