Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

September 30, 2006

NATIONAL

Bush hits stump

Freshly armed with a victory on trials for terror suspects, President Bush is hitting the road to press his argument that Democrats are dangerously weak on national security. pg 1A

Rumsfeld under fire

President Bush's then-chief of staff tried to persuade the president to fire Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld on at least two occasions in the past two years, according to a new book by author and journalist Bob Woodward. pg 1a

MARYLAND

Terror arrests made

Six South Asian arms dealers are arrested after allegedly paying undercover customs agents in Maryland hundreds of thousands of dollars to ship weapons to Sri Lankan rebels. pg 1A

Virus threatens benefits

The state is working to rid its social services computers of viruses that have crippled the system that tracks and distributes welfare benefits. Some are worried needy clients won't get their checks. pg 1B

WORLD

Rice returns to Mideast

American officials declared a big breakthrough last year with an agreement between the Israelis and Palestinians, but with the pact in tatters, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is posed to return to the area next week. pg 7a

BUSINESS

DOW -- DOWN

-39.38

11,679.07

NASDAQ -- DOWN

-11.59

2,258.43

S&P -- DOWN

-3.30

1,335.85

SUN INDEX -- UP

+0.39

340.01

Medicare drug plan

The latest sign-up period is fast approaching for Medicare prescription coverage, but the choices for seniors have grown from 47 last year to 56 this year. Experts said the increased choices are in improvement in the program. pg 11C

SPORTS

Dundalk fish wasn't piranha

It appears the fish caught at a Dundalk park pond this week was a pacu, not a piranha. Both are in the same family and often mistaken for each other. Two biologists and several veteran fishermen were fooled by the fish caught Sunday. pg 1c

TODAY

Best in life is free

Starting tomorrow you can enjoy two months of dance, music, theater and film throughout the city - for free. pg 1d

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"I gotta get my fix before he closes for the winter."

Ken Inks, as he dug into a chili dog and a steamburger at Stewart's Root Beer in Rosedale. Article, PG 1A

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