Sun Digest


October 13, 2006









Foley ex-aide stands by claim

The former top aide to disgraced former Rep. Mark Foley provided testimony standing by his claim that he alerted the House speaker's office about inappropriate conduct by his boss long before Foley's sexual overtures to male congressional pages became public two weeks ago, the aide's lawyer said. pg 3A

Study suggests bird flu defense

A unique study suggests there might be a way to kick-start peoples' protection against bird flu in case it triggers a worldwide outbreak years from now. pg 7A


Big nod for Arundel Democrat

In an unusual show of bipartisanship in a county being fiercely contested by both major parties, all five former Anne Arundel County executives - including three Republicans - yesterday endorsed George F. Johnson IV, the Democratic candidate for chief executive. pg 1B

School violence angers parents

A loaded revolver, taken into a Northwest Baltimore elementary school by an 8-year-old boy, discharged in a classroom this morning as the youngster showed it off to a classmate, police and school officials said. A day after a young girl stabbed another student, concerned parents are calling for metal detectors in city schools. pg 1A

Officer convicted in Smoot case

A former correctional officer was convicted yesterday of second-degree murder in a stomping death at the city jail. Jurors deliberated for five days before convicting Dameon C. Woods with killing Raymond K. Smoot, 51, during a 2005 fight. pg 1A

More local grapes for Md. wines

State officials are spending $98,000 to encourage more in-state grape production to help Maryland winemakers, who now must buy nearly half their grapes from other states. pg 1E

U.S. Foodservice ex-chief on trial

The former marketing chief for Columbia's U.S. Foodservice went on trial in New York on charges related to the company's accounting fraud. pg 1E


U.S. pushes for N. Korea vote

The United States introduced a draft U.N. resolution seeking tough sanctions against North Korea in the wake of its announced nuclear test, pushing for a vote today, but Russia and China balked at two key measures and say they want more time. pg 16A


A spirited `Last King'

In The Last King of Scotland, Forest Whitaker gives a performance huge in size and spirit and terrifying in its downward-spiraling momentum. As Gen. Idi Amin, the Ugandan dictator who deposed President Milton Obote in 1971, Whitaker embodies the explosion of energy and the urgent desire for legitimacy that comes with the violent overthrow of any government. pg 1F

A positive political turn

Barry Levinson's Man of the Year is being sold as Jon Stewart Goes to Washington. But beneath the marketing of Robin Williams as a Stewart-like comedian running for president is a piquant comedy-drama without a prefab element in it. pg 1F

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