Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

September 20, 2006

NATIONAL

Troop reductions will wait

In a sober new military assessment, Gen. John Abizaid said that worsening sectarian violence in Iraq had forced him to revise his estimate he gave six months ago that significant troop reductions would be under way by now. pg 1a

WORLD

Bush addresses U.N. meeting

In a speech at the opening of the annual U.N. General Assembly debate, President Bush singled out Iran, Syria and militia groups such as Hezbollah and Hamas as obstacles to reform and supporters of terrorism, vowing again that Iran must not be allowed to pursue nuclear weapons. U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan criticized Bush's controversial policies to fight terrorism. pg 1a

MARYLAND

DeStefano calls it quits

Frank DeStefano left his position as deputy chief academic officer, the No. 2 academic official overseeing Baltimore City middle and high schools. His resignation was effective Friday, said school system spokeswoman Edie House. pg 1b

TODAY

Gaming art

A new exhibit at Maryland Institute College of Art explores the world of video game art. pg 1c

SPORTS

Ex-Orioles VP Thrift dies at 77

Syd Thrift, who worked in the Orioles' front office from 1994 to 2002 and became the team's vice president of baseball operations, died Monday night in Milford, Del., of complications from knee surgery. He was 77. pg 1e

BUSINESS

DOW -- DOWN

-14.09

11,540.91

NASDAQ -- DOWN

-13.38

2,222.37

S&P -- DOWN

-2.87

1,318.31

SUN INDEX -- DOWN

-0.48

331.79

Hancock on buying power

Wholesale power prices have plunged in recent months, but because it's against the law in Maryland for cities and towns to buy in bulk, consumers lose a potentially powerful way to cut their electric bills. Columnist Jay Hancock says that needs to change. pg 1d

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"You want to be standing on the corner when you're 45? That ain't a hot look."

Sean `Diddy' Combs, encouraging Winston Middle School pupils to stay in school

Article, PG 1b

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