Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

September 12, 2006

NATIONAL

Bush marks 9/11 anniversary

Marking the fifth anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, President Bush called the war in Iraq a "struggle for civilization" and said Americans should "put aside our differences to win." pg 1a

Study finds religious shift

In what has been called the most comprehensive survey of the nation's faith since a seminal study in 1968, Baylor University sociologists reported that Americans aren't losing religion, but are defining their spiritual lives differently. pg 7a

MARYLAND

Voters head to polls today

Maryland voters go to the polls today for a primary election that, for the first time in more than a decade, promises plenty of drama - including strongly contested Democratic races for U.S. Senate, and state comptroller and attorney general. pg 1a

City longevity ranks low

Baltimoreans face the lowest life expectancy of almost any jurisdiction in the United States, according to a new study by the Harvard School of Public Health. pg 1a

WORLD

Move toward Palestinian unity

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh agreed to form a new Palestinian unity government, a move that Palestinians hope will bring an end to the economic boycott and political isolation of the current Hamas-led government. pg 1a

BUSINESS

DOW -- UP

+4.73

11,396.84

NASDAQ -- UP

+7.46

2,173.25

S&P -- UP

+0.62

1,299.54

SUN INDEX -- UP

+1.18

336.44

Md. gas prices plummet

Maryland gas prices have dropped 40 cents a gallon over the past month, providing an unexpectedly happy ending to a summer that saw prices stubbornly hover above $3. pg 1a

Cracking down on `pretexting'

In these days of increasing privacy concerns and cyber crime-based identity theft, lawmakers and businesses are cracking down on "pretexting," pretending to be someone else to get private details, such as Social Security numbers. pg 1d

SPORTS

Redskins fall in opener

The Washington Redskins lost to the Minnesota Vikings, 19-16, at FedEx Field. A 31-yard field goal by Ryan Longwell with one minute remaining provided the winning margin for Minnesota. pg 1e

TODAY

U.S. relives 9/11 attacks

While countless people flocked yesterday to mournful, poignant memorial services, millions across the country turned on televisions, if only for a few minutes, to relive the grimly fascinating spectacle of the Sept. 11 attacks. pg 1c

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"City life is tough. Here in the city, truth be told, black men don't live very long."

Baltimore resident John Adams, reacting to a new Harvard School of Public Health report that says Baltimoreans face the lowest life expectancy of almost any jurisdiction in America Article, PG 1A

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