Sun Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

September 24, 2006

MARYLAND

O'Malley maintains slight lead

Baltimore Mayor Martin O'Malley is maintaining a 6 percentage-point lead over Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. in the race for Maryland governor, a new poll for The Sun shows. Ehrlich, a Republican, still remains a popular figure in a state where Democrats outnumber Republicans by about 2-to-1. pg 1a

UB hopes to lure freshmen

The University of Baltimore will offer every freshman who enrolls in the fall of 2007 a one-year scholarship covering all out-of-pocket tuition and fees - a bold move designed to attract students to its first freshman class in three decades. pg 1a

Pace of preservation debated

On the campaign trail, Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. boasts that he has preserved more than 60,000 acres of land since taking office almost four years ago. That number, however, is less than the 220,000 acres that Maryland protected from development under Gov. Parris N. Glendening in the four years before Ehrlich became governor. pg 1b

WORLD

Sadr City bomb kills 35

A bomb exploded yesterday in an alleyway of a Shiite slum where women and children had gathered to collect fuel rations on the eve of the holy month of Ramadan, killing at least 35. The U.S. Army reported the deaths of three U.S. soldiers. pg 22a

Guantanamo tightens security

The military is toughening a new jailhouse at Guantanamo base in Cuba for suspected al-Qaida and Taliban militants, hoping to protect guards after a spate of attacks and evidence that detainees have organized themselves into groups to mount uprisings, officials said. pg 24a

NATIONAL

Severe weather kills seven

High winds, heavy rain and tornadoes pounded parts of the Midwest and the South, leaving seven people dead and stranding others in trees and shelters while forecasters warned yesterday of more stormy weather to come. pg 4a

Whistleblower under fire

Directors of the government's legal aid program for the poor secretly debated how to fire the auditor who exposed their expensive meals, use of limousine services and headquarters move to a ritzy neighborhood. pg 13a

BUSINESS

Florida focuses on power grid

While residents and politicians in Maryland have fought bitterly over utility rates, the state utility commission and the size of Constellation Chief Executive Mayo A. Shattuck's paycheck, South Florida customers of Florida Power and Light have remained focused on one thing: keeping the lights on during the next hurricane. pg 1c

SPORTS

Navy falls to Tulsa in OT

Nick Graham blocked an extra-point attempt by Navy's Matt Harmon on the final play to give Tulsa (3-1) a 24-23 victory yesterday in the first-ever overtime game for the Midshipmen (3-1). pg 1d

A&E TODAY

The pre-teen's Scheherazade

Laura Schlitz, Park School librarian and author of books for pre-teens, has been a storyteller all her life. She's one of the writers who will appear at next weekend's annual Baltimore Book Festival. pg 1e

TRAVEL

Late-season getaways

Greenbrier State Park and the Antietam battlefield are among the attractions in scenic Western Maryland. Temptations 3 and 4: porch rockers and peach pie. pg 1r

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