Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

October 17, 2006

NATIONAL

Ex-FDA chief set to plead

Former FDA Commissioner Lester M. Crawford, who was charged by federal prosecutors with lying about owning stock and options in companies regulated by the agency, was to plead guilty to two misdemeanors today, his lawyer said. pg 1a

WORLD

Iraq leader seeks support

Iraq's prime minister, concerned that the United States may be growing impatient and considering a change in course, sought reassurance from President Bush that he intends to stick by his commitment to Iraqi leadership. pg 8a

FOR THE RECORD - A photo caption on Page 2A yesterday misidentified the occasion on which Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. and Mayor Martin O'Malley were photographed together. The occasion was not the taping of the debate that was broadcast Monday, but the live debate that was broadcast Saturday.
THE SUN REGRETS THE ERROR

MARYLAND

NAACP to monitor polls

NAACP President and CEO Bruce S. Gordon said yesterday that volunteers from the civil rights organization will monitor polls in Maryland on Election Day. Gordon also called on Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. to fix the problems that emerged during last month's primary election. pg 1a

Odenton readies for rush

State officials announce a $150 million complex of homes, offices, shops and a hotel next to the Odenton MARC station, the latest project sparked by the expected boom in defense and security expansion. pg 1b

TODAY

Rating the judges

It's time to turn the tables on the reality show judges and see how they rate. pg c1

BUSINESS

DOW -- UP

+20.09

11,980.60

NASDAQ -- UP

+6.55

2,363.84

S&P -- UP

+3.43

1,369.05

SUN INDEX -- UP

+1.24

348.95

Steelmakers back tariffs

Mittal Steel and other U.S. steelmakers present a united front against effort by U.S. automakers to get tariffs waived on imported steel. pg 1d

Store says it will stay

Three Brothers, the West Baltimore do-it-all store whose existence was threatened by an unrelated check-kiting scandal, says it has found a new banking relationship that will let it stay open. pg 1d

B is for banking

Dundalk High School students and teachers can do their banking at lunch hour without leaving the school cafeteria. The newly opened student-run branch of a Baltimore credit union helps students educate themselves on how to save. pg 1d

SPORTS

McNair still starter, Billick says

Coach Brian Billick dismissed any notion of a quarterback controversy at yesterday's news conference, making it clear that Steve McNair, who is expected to recover from head and neck injuries by the time the Ravens returns from their bye week, is not in danger of losing his job to Kyle Boller. pg 1e

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