Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

October 19, 2006

NATIONAL

Deadly month for U.S. troops

The death toll for U.S. troops in Iraq has reached 70 this month, a rate that, if sustained, would make October the most deadly month for American troops since the war began in March 2003, military officials said yesterday. pg 1a

NFL stadiums named as targets

Seven NFL stadiums have been named as terrorist targets this weekend, but the threat, posted on a Web site, is being treated with strong skepticism by the federal government. pg 4a

MARYLAND

Weeping-trees explanations

Maryland's scientific elite - while hardly approaching unanimity - have found two premises to half-heartedly explain Patterson Park's weeping trees: one sort of gross, the other obscure. pg 1b

Campaign-ad star with a past

Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.'s latest campaign television ad portrays Baltimore resident Larry Gaines as a parent-advocate who worries about schools and crime. But Gaines has had some brushes with the law in his past. pg 1b

SPORTS

Maine, Mets force seventh game

Former Orioles starter John Maine dominated the St. Louis Cardinals, and Jose Reyes sparked the New York Mets with a leadoff home run as New York beat St. Louis, 4-2, to force the National League Championship Series to a decisive seventh game. pg 1e

BUSINESS

DOW -- UP

+ 42.66

11,992.68

NASDAQ -- DOWN

- 7.80

2,337.15

S&P -- UP

+ 1.91

1,365.96

SUN INDEX -- UP

+ 0.87

349.59

Harford company resignations

The chief executive and chief operating officer of SafeNet Inc., a Harford County technology company, resigned, the latest victims of a growing national scandal over stock option grants. pg 1a

Candidates on On Demand

First it was movies, then exercise videos. The latest offering of Comcast's On Demand service: interviews with 284 candidates running for offices ranging from sheriff to governor. pg 1d

WORLD

Rice reassures Japan

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice offered reassurances to Japan that the United States would defend the ally against a nuclear-armed North Korea as Rice began a four-nation tour of the region to respond to North Korea's atomic test. pg 13a

TODAY

Revival of `Twelve Angry Men'

Richard Thomas takes on a definitive role as Juror No. 8, the sole dissenting voice in the revival of Twelve Angry Men at the Kennedy Center. pg 1c

Mirren talks about `The Queen'

Helen Mirren talks about the challenge of playing England's monarch in The Queen, a movie about Queen Elizabeth II which opens tomorrow. pg 1c

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