Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

September 26, 2006

NATIONAL

Officers criticize Rumsfeld

Retired military officers bluntly accused Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld of bungling the Iraq war, saying yesterday that U.S. troops were sent to fight without the best equipment and critical facts were hidden from the public. pg 3A

Judge rules on light cigarettes

A federal judge ruled yesterday that a jury should decide whether tobacco companies must pay tens of millions of smokers up to $200 billion for allegedly duping them into buying light cigarettes over the past three decades. pg 3A

MARYLAND

Diebold says flaw is fixed

Diebold Election Systems Inc. said yesterday that it has solved a design flaw that caused the state's electronic check-in computers to crash repeatedly during this month's primary. State elections administrator Linda H. Lamone said she would not be convinced until it passed a daylong test. pg 1A

Gansler leads in Sun poll

Democrat Douglas F. Gansler holds a commanding lead over Republican Scott L. Rolle in the race for Maryland attorney general, according to a new poll for The Sun. Gansler, the Montgomery County state's attorney, has far more money than Rolle, the chief prosecutor in Frederick County, and a base in the state's most populous area. pg 1A

SPORTS

Football returns to New Orleans

In front of a sellout crowd and a national TV audience, the renovated Louisiana Superdome hosted its first NFL game since Hurricane Katrina, as the New Orleans Saints faced the Atlanta Falcons. pg 1E

BUSINESS

DOW -- UP

+67.71

11,575.81

NASDAQ -- UP

+30.14

2,249.07

S&P -- UP

+11.59

1,326.37

SUN INDEX -- UP

+5.83

337.82

Officials relax liquids ban

Airline passengers today can start carrying on limited amounts of liquids and gels when boarding domestic and international flights after federal security officials said they would relax a six-week ban put in place after an alleged terror plot. pg 1A

WORLD

Kurds take over police station

Kurdish militiamen seized a police station in northern Iraq yesterday to prevent its transfer to a Sunni commander, igniting a daylong standoff that echoed the parliament's unease over territory-sharing in the final administrative map of Iraq. pg 12A

Karzai calls for more U.S. troops

As Afghanistan faced elevated levels of violence from resurgent Taliban forces, Afghan president Hamid Karzai emphasized the need for unity among U.S. and Afghan forces as they try to root out extremists that threaten Karzai's government. pg 13A

TODAY

Finding dirt is his job

Baltimore native Mike Rowe tackles unpleasant chores, leaving him with a hit on his soiled hands with Discovery Channel's Dirty Jobs show. pg 1D

Time for Janet to grow up

With her latest album, 20 Years Old, the 40-year-old Janet Jackson is still playing the coquette. Pop music critic Rashod D. Ollison reports there is a definite need for a stylistic and musical evolution. pg 1D

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"I've watched him for the last 20 years, and this was a huge improvement. He used to be abysmal. Now, he's adequate."

Commentator Matthew Parris on a speech by Gordon Brown, Britain's chancellor of the Exchequer, at the annual Labor Party conference Article, PG 13A

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