Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

September 19, 2006

NATIONAL

Lead testing made easier

Federal regulators have made it easier for health clinics to test children for lead poisoning, which could bolster prevention efforts particularly in cities such as Baltimore with high levels of lead in older buildings. pg 1a

WORLD

France won't back sanctions

French president Jacques Chirac said his government would join Russia and China in resisting the U.S. push for sanctions against Tehran to slow its nuclear development. pg 1a

Vatican tries to soothe anger

The Vatican sent diplomats to capitals of Muslim nations in an effort to contain the anger over Pope Benedict XVI's comments on Islam, as shadowy threats against the pontiff and Christianity multiplied. pg 12a

MARYLAND

Election fundraisers square off

National Democrats, including Bill and Hillary Rodham Clinton, are coming to Maryland to help raise millions of dollars that state party leaders say they need to combat President Bush and the Republican Party's fundraising prowess in this year's most crucial elections. pg 1b

State tallying sealed ballots

Maryland election officials began the painstaking process yesterday of sorting through thousands of sealed provisional ballots that could determine the outcome of som votes. It could take days. pg 5b

SPORTS

Orioles' Bedard wins 15th

Left-hander Erik Bedard struck out 10 batters over seven strong innings to lead the Orioles to a 4-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. It was Bedard's 15th victory of the season. pg 1e

Clarett sentenced in Ohio

Former Ohio State football star Maurice Clarett was sentenced to prison for at least 3 1/2 years after pleading guilty in Columbus, Ohio, to aggravated robbery and carrying a concealed weapon. PG 9E

BUSINESS

DOW -- DOWN

-5.77

11,555.00

NASDAQ -- UP

+0.16

2,235.75

S&P -- UP

+1.31

1,321.18

SUN INDEX -- DOWN

-2.09

332.27

SafeNet to restate earnings

Facing a federal probe into its stock options grants, the Harford County technology company will have to restate up to six years of earnings because it understated expenses. pg d1

Tower plan progresses

Developer ARC Wheeler closes a deal on an Inner Harbor parcel that could become site of the tallest skyscraper in Baltimore. The $300 million project will have luxury condominiums and a boutique hotel with street-level shops. pg 1d

TODAY

The fashion word for spring

The final word from New York Fashion Week: Spring collections take a page from the 1980s with billowy and comfortable clothes. pg 1c

Positive outlook at BSO

The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra's successful conclusion of contract negotiations last week should pave the way for a more positive era. pg 1c

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"I know I need a more balanced diet, but I just have no idea where to start."

Michael Thompson, food shopper Article, PG 1A

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