Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

October 15, 2006

MARYLAND

Ehrlich, O'Malley debate

Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. and Mayor Martin O'Malley met twice yesterday for an unusual pair of television debates, testy encounters that revealed the markedly different styles they bring to the governor's race. They displayed agreement on the important goals for the state, but each said the other's track record proved him incapable of accomplishing them. pg 1a

Dixon changes in the wings

Baltimore City Council President Sheila Dixon, who will become the city's first female mayor if Martin O'Malley is elected governor next month, has been quietly making a series of changes to staff and style in recent weeks to prepare for the transition of power - just in case she ends up with the job. pg1b

NATIONAL

Mehlman linked to lobbyist

Recently released e-mails reveal connections between Ken Mehlman, chairman of the Republican National Committee, and disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff, stemming from when Mehlman was a White House official. pg 3a

The widows of war

About 40 percent of the more than 3,000 U.S. troops who have died since Sept. 11, 2001, had a wife or husband waiting for them back home. These surviving spouses, almost all women, say they must strike a balance between being the fallen hero's wife and being an independent woman. pg 5a

WORLD

U.N. approves Korean sanctions

The U.N. Security Council voted unanimously yesterday to impose punishing sanctions on North Korea for carrying out a nuclear test. North Korea immediately rejected the resolution, and its U.N. ambassador accused the assembly of a "gangster-like" action that neglects the nuclear threat posed by the United States. PG 18A

Iraq shakes up police

Iraq's Shiite-dominated Interior Ministry, whose police forces have been accused of complicity in sectarian attacks, has fired 3,000 employees accused of corruption or rights abuses and will change top commanders, a spokesman said yesterday. PG 20A

SPORTS

Terps rally over Virginia

Maryland came back from a 20-point deficit on the road and defeated Virginia, 28-26, in an Atlantic Coast Conference football game. Keon Lattimore ran for 114 yards and a go-ahead 56-yard touchdown and Erin Henderson returned an interception 45 yards for a key insurance touchdown. pg 1e

BUSINESS

Future of utility rates

Cheaper electricity rates may be in store for Maryland residents next summer thanks to the same decline in natural gas prices that promises to lower home heating bills this winter. pg 1a

A&E TODAY

Working in the background

Michael Dansicker, a native Baltimorean, adapted, arranged and orchestrated the music for the new Twyla Tharp-Bob Dylan musical, The Times They Are A-Changin,' currently in previews on Broadway. Dansicker tells what it's like to work with Tharp and Dylan. pg 1f

MODERN LIFE

Coming of age

The baby boomer generation is redefining what it means to age. pg 1n

TRAVEL

On top of Smokies

Hiking trails and lush scenery are just two of the attractions of the Great Smoky Mountains of North Carolina and Tennessee. pg 1r

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