Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

September 27, 2006

NATIONAL

Presidential campaigns

Under the radar of the midterm elections, potential contenders for the White House in 2008 - nearly two dozen strong - are waging vigorous, and in some cases imaginative, campaigns across the country this fall. pg 1a

War on terror

A little-noticed provision in President Bush's proposal for the treatment of suspected terrorists would for the first time legally endorse the fight against terrorism as equivalent to war, lawmakers and national security lawyers say. pg 3a

MARYLAND

Trying to reduce foreclosures

An initiative to help Baltimore homeowners who are having trouble meeting their mortgage payments is set to be announced today. The plan will encourage the homeowners to call 311 for referrals for assistance - with the goal of cutting the city's high number of foreclosures. pg 1b

TODAY

Roller derby coasting along

In their inaugural season, the women of the Baltimore roller derby league - professionals, students, stay-at-home moms - enjoyed competition, a workout and some camaraderie. pg 1c

An intense one-man show

During his powerful one-man show at the Theatre Project, Peter Krummeck speaks for and acts as German theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer, who was hanged by the Nazis in 1945 for his participation in a plot to kill Adolf Hitler. pg 1c

Utility merger's fate in question

FPL Group Inc.'s chief executive told investors yesterday that his commitment to the merger with Constellation Energy Group Inc. will only stretch so far, raising new questions about the fate of the $11 billion utility deal. pg 1a

Rise in health insurance costs

The cost of employer-paid health insurance rose 7.7 percent this year - the slowest pace since 1999 - but still about double the rate of wage increases and general inflation, a national survey says. pg 1d

SPORTS

Golf great Nelson dies

Byron Nelson, golf's courtly "Lord Byron" whose 11 straight tournament victories in 1945 stand as one of sports' most enduring records, died yesterday at his Roanoke, Texas, home. He was 94. pg 1e

WORLD

Gains and losses in Iraq

U.S. military authorities said they had seized five weapons caches and made more than 20 arrests in a two-week sweep aimed at taming two violent Shiite Muslim neighborhoods of East Baghdad. But within hours, police said they had found two new corpses in the district. pg 13a

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"It's one thing to talk about nonviolence, but to enact it ... nonviolence is a powerful thing."

The Rev. Andrew Foster Connors of Baltimore, who was arrested during a peace protest after crossing a police line outside the U.S. Capitol building

Article, PG 1B

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