Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

October 24, 2006

MARYLAND

Return of the department store

Eighteen years after the last department store closed in Baltimore, the downtown is in line to get a large-scale retail enterprise again, as the discount clothing chain Filene's Basement signs a lease in a new Pratt Street shopping center. pg 1A

Condominium evacuation

Residents of a Pikesville condominium complex evacuate after a crack appears in the brick exterior and engineers declare the structure unsound because of a bowed steel column. Residents are expected to be able to return today. pg 1B

NATIONAL

Predicting election letdown

The Nov. 7 election promises to bring more of what voters have come to expect since the 2000 elections: a divided body politic and the possibility of problems at polls, said a report released today by the nonpartisan Election Reform Information Project. pg 3A

WORLD

Olmert expands coalition

Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert moved yesterday to shore up his unpopular center-left coalition by adding a far-right party whose leader has advocated annexing parts of the occupied West Bank. pg 8A

Defiant Iran stoking U.N. fears

Iran is expanding its uranium enrichment program even as the U.N. Security Council focuses on possible sanctions for its defiance of a demand to give up the activity and ease fears that it seeks nuclear weapons, diplomats said yesterday. pg 8A

BUSINESS

DOW -- UP

+114.54

12,116.91

NASDAQ -- UP

+13.26

2,355.56

S&P -- UP

+8.42

1,377.02

SUN INDEX -- UP

+1.08

349.64

SafeNet heads await decision

The two top SafeNet Inc. executives who stepped down last week amid a stock options backdating investigation have agreed not to exercise most of their options until the end of March, at which time the Harford County company's board is to decide whether to treat their departures as firings. pg 1D

Receiver says millions hidden

A court-appointed receiver contends that AmeriDebt founder Andris Pukke is hiding millions of dollars in assets that should be returned to consumers and wants to hold a contempt of court hearing. pg 1D

SPORTS

McNair on track to start

Ravens coach Brian Billick said quarterback Steve McNair is on course to start Sunday against the New Orleans Saints. McNair participated in his first practice since he suffered a concussion and a sprained neck nine days ago. pg 1e

TODAY

Concert fun for kids, mom, too

A ticket to a Cheetah Girls concert is all a tween girl could want. pg 1c

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