Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

October 20, 2006

NATIONAL

Bush stumps for GOP

Neither Rep. Don Sherwood nor Sen. George Allen should have needed President Bush's help in his re-election campaign. But there was Bush, first in the small town of La Plume, Pa., and then in Richmond, Va., raising money and rousing the faithful - each appearance illustrating the difficulties Republicans are facing as they seek to hold on to what had seemed safe seats. pg 3a

WORLD

Failure to reduce violence

The top U.S. military spokesman in Iraq acknowledged that a much-touted security crackdown by American and Iraqi forces had failed to reduce violence in the Iraqi capital and called the results disheartening. pg 14a

Abu Ghraib command structure

Although Lt. Col. Steven L. Jordan was listed as chief of the interrogation center at the Abu Ghraib prison, one of his subordinates testified at a hearing that Jordan was not the person he went to when he had questions about interrogating prisoners. pg 5a

MARYLAND

More cameras for city schools

A week after a spate of violence in Baltimore schools, officials announced that they would use a $500,000 federal grant to install install 280 cameras at 10 schools. This is in addition to the 500 cameras already in 11 schools. pg 1a

Immigrants regain benefits

In what amounts to a major policy reversal for the administration of Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr., Maryland health officials said yesterday that they will begin reinstating health benefits to thousands of legal immigrant women and children who had been dropped from a state health insurance program 16 months ago. pg 1b

BUSINESS

DOW -- UP

+19.05

12,011.73

NASDAQ -- UP

+3.79

2,340.94

S&P -- UP

+1.00

1,366.96

SUN INDEX -- UP

+0.28

349.87

Dow closes above 12,000

The Dow Jones industrial average closes above 12,000 for the first time, 19 years to the day after Black Monday, when the Dow suffered its second-largest loss ever. pg 1e

B&D cuts back

Black & Decker dismisses the head of manufacturing for its power tools business and about 70 salaried employees, mostly at its Towson headquarters. pg 1e

Stem-cell business

A Baltimore company is trying to get a purely stem-celled based treatment approved for Crohn's disease and Irritable Bowel Syndrome , which would make it the first stem cell drug with a wide application. pg 1e

SPORTS

Ravens to honor Boulware

Ten months after leaving the field for the last time, Peter Boulware, the Ravens' all-time sacks leader, will be inducted into the team's Ring of Honor during halftime of the Nov. 5 game against the Bengals, the team announced yesterday. pg 1f

TODAY

`Flags of our Fathers'

Clint Eastwood's Flags of Our Fathers, the story of the Marines who raised Old Glory at Iwo Jima, is defeated by cliches. pg 1c

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