Sun Digest


October 11, 2006















Iraqi deaths estimated

In an update of a two-year-old survey that sparked wide disagreement, Johns Hopkins researchers are now estimating that more than a half million Iraqis have died as a result of the U.S.-led invasion and its bloody aftermath. pg 1a


Qatar envoy fails in Gaza

Qatar's foreign minister left the Gaza Strip after failing to bridge differences between the Palestinian ruling Hamas movement and its chief rival, Fatah. pg 10a


City firefighter killed

A veteran Baltimore firefighter killed in a rowhouse blaze early yesterday died in what is called a flashover - a phenomenon that occurs when a fire gets so hot that nearby items burst into flame. Allan M. Roberts, 40, a father of four, was the first city firefighter in 11 years killed battling a blaze. pg 1a

Using the absentee ballot

Montgomery County Executive Douglas M. Duncan, whose county experienced severe voting problems during the September primary, said yesterday that he will bypass his polling place to vote by absentee ballot and he suggested his constituents do the same. pg 1b


Ravens' Ivy has kidney injury

The Ravens' team plane made an unscheduled landing early yesterday in Pittsburgh so cornerback Corey Ivy could go to a hospital to treat a kidney injury. pg 1e

Housing market slows

Home prices in the Baltimore region rose 1.7 percent in September, the smallest increase in any month in five years. The number of sales plummeted and houses continued to take longer to sell. pg 1d

Grace must clean up asbestos

After the Supreme Court refused to hear its appeal of a lower-court order, W.R. Grace & Co. will have to pay $54 million to clean up an asbestos-contaminated mine in Montana that has been linked to hundreds of illnesses and deaths from asbestos-related diseases. pg 1d


Name game at UMBC

As UMBC celebrates its 40th anniversary, its students and staff ponder, What's in a name? pg 1c

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