Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

September 25, 2006

NATIONAL

White House pans terror report

The White House sharply disagreed yesterday with a new U.S. intelligence assessment that the war in Iraq is encouraging global terrorism, as Bush administration officials stressed that anti-American fervor in the Muslim world began before Sept. 11. pg 4A

Army officer protests budget

The U.S. Army's top officer withheld a required 2008 budget plan in August after protesting to Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld that the military could not maintain activity in Iraq and other global commitments without additional funding. pg 3A

MARYLAND

Cardin leads Steele in Sun poll

Democratic Rep. Benjamin L. Cardin enters the U.S. Senate general election contest with an 11-point lead over his rival, Republican Lt. Gov. Michael S. Steele, according to a new Sun Poll. But with Republicans and Democrats expected to flood the state with money and appearances in the weeks to come, the race remains volatile. pg 1A

Critics question case tracker

State officials are proceeding with implementation of an embattled computer system to track child welfare cases despite warnings that improvements are needed before it is expanded to Baltimore. Members of the Coalition to Protect Maryland's Children are urging the state to delay the planned Nov. 13 start in the city to give technicians more time to correct glitches. pg 1B

Howard Co. considers stun guns

The Howard County police department is the latest in the region to consider purchasing hand-held stun guns that makers say lead to fewer assaults on officers but detractors allege can be lethal. pg 1B

WORLD

Iraq avoids constitutional crisis

Iraq's sectarian leaders stepped back from a simmering constitutional crisis yesterday, agreeing to wait at least 18 months before setting up autonomous regions that would shift power away from the central government. During the cooling-off period, Iraq's parliament would consider amendments to the country's constitution. pg 12A

NATO kills Afghan insurgents

NATO forces killed more than 60 suspected insurgents the last several days in an increasingly volatile southern Afghan province while suffering no casualties, the military alliance said yesterday. pg 13A

SPORTS

O's drop home finale to Twins

Joe Mauer and Phil Nevin hit two-run homers, and the Minnesota Twins moved closer to a playoff berth by beating the Orioles, 6-3. Miguel Tejada hit two bases-empty homers for the Orioles, who dropped two of three to the Twins and closed their home schedule at 40-41. pg 1D

TODAY

World War II vets say goodbye

Eight World War II veterans gather for a final reunion and to say goodbye to an era. pg 1C

The worst of all: the water snob

There are wine snobs, beer snobs and coffee snobs, but the worst, Cowherd says, is the water snob. pg 1C

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"He doesn't get any points for being black."

Registered Democrat and Ehrlich supporter Robert W. Chandler, who is black, on Senate hopeful Lt. Gov. Michael S. Steele

Article, PG 1A

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