Sun Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

October 02, 2006

NATIONAL

Foley investigation requested

House Speaker Dennis Hastert called yesterday for a Justice Department investigation into former Rep. Mark Foley's electronic messages to underage pages, and the FBI said it was "conducting an assessment to see if there's been a violation of federal law." pg 1A

New era begins for high court

Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. and Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr., President Bush's two appointees, will have a chance to shift the law to the right on two charged issues - abortion and race - during the Supreme Court term that begins today. pg 1A

MARYLAND

Testimony differs in Smoot case

The testimony of some former correctional officers in the trial of three colleagues accused in the beating death of Raymond K. Smoot, a detainee at Baltimore's Central Booking and Intake Center who had been arrested for failing to appear in court on a theft charge, has differed from the accounts they gave at the time of the incident. pg 1B

Inmates face religious choice

Yom Kippur is the holiest day of the Jewish year, but some of Maryland's Jewish inmates might not be permitted to observe the holiday today. State corrections policy guarantees the observance of one religious holy day for prisoners. Although many institutions permit two, that practice forces Jewish inmates to choose among Yom Kippur and the religion's other significant holidays. pg 1B

WORLD

Hamas-Fatah coalition stalls

Armed men from the governing Hamas movement and its rival Fatah clashed yesterday in a series of gunbattles in the Gaza Strip that left at least eight people dead and dozens more injured, Palestinian officials said. It was the deadliest factional violence in months of tension and came as the two sides appeared to have deadlocked in forming a coalition government that is aimed at breaking the international aid boycott against the Hamas-led government. pg 10A

Brazil vote heads to runoff

Brazil's leftist president faces a runoff for a second term after voters denied him an outright victory yesterday amid last-minute allegations his party engaged in a scheme of electoral corruption and dirty trucks. pg 11A

TODAY

The ABCs of rock 'n' roll

Baltimore's new School of Rock teaches youngsters what they need to know to become budding rock stars. pg 1c

A fattening, half-baked idea

Kevin Cowherd laments Domino's newest artery-clogging double header: pizza and free oven-baked brownies. pg 1c

SPORTS

Orioles lose finale

The Orioles ended their season with a 9-0 loss to the Boston Red Sox in a game called after five innings because of rain. Devern Hansack, in his second major league outing, pitched no-hit ball for five innings but will not receive credit for a no-hitter. pg 1D

Gameday

McNair rallies Ravens to win

The Ravens improved to 4-0 with a 16-13 victory over the San Diego Chargers at M&T Bank Stadium. Steve McNair brought the Ravens back for a second week in a row, throwing a 10-yard touchdown to Todd Heap with 34 seconds left. Section E

Quote Of the day

"We have authorized 29 religions. That's a lot of holy days."

Nancy Williams, director of religious services for Maryland's prison system, which allows the observance of one religious day a year for prisoners Article, PG 1B

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