Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

October 27, 2006

MARYLAND

Warning on cold remedies

With the cough and cold season fast approaching, Baltimore's health commissioner and a phalanx of leading pediatricians warned parents yesterday not to give children age 5 and younger over-the-counter medications designed to relieve those very ailments. The products do no good, they said, but could cause harm. pg 1a

Absentee ballot shortage

Warning that a shortage of absentee ballots is approaching crisis proportions, Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. yesterday asked the state elections chief Linda H. Lamone to develop contingency plans if more cannot be delivered in time. pg 1b

NATIONAL

4 firefighters killed in Calif.

Four firefighters were killed yesterday when a fast-moving arson fire churned through the rugged terrain of southeastern California, destroying homes and forcing hundreds of residents to flee. pg 3a

WORLD

Afghan leaders blame NATO

Dozens of civilians were killed in a NATO strike against the Taliban, Afghan officials said. pg 22a

BUSINESS

DOW -- UP

+29.98

12,163.66

NASDAQ -- UP

+22.51

2,379.10

S&P -- UP

+6.86

1,389.08

SUN INDEX -- UP

+3.58

352.96

Wal-Mart prescription plan

Wal-Marts $4 generic-prescription program began yesterday in Maryland and 11 other states in an accelerated rollout that will likely provide price relief for the uninsured, a quick surge in sales and matching deals from other large retailers. pg 1a

SPORTS

Cardinals go up 3-1 on Tigers

David Eckstein drove in the go-ahead run in the bottom of the 8th inning and the St. Louis Cardinals held on to defeat the Detroit Tigers, 5-4, taking a 3-1 lead in the World Series. St. Louis is within one win of its first championship in 24 years.

pg 1c

TODAY

`Scissors' a no-no

You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll gag. But Running With Scissors doesn't cut it, says movie reviewer Michael Sragow. pg 1e

`Death of a President'

Despite the outcry against it, Death of a President is a responsible piece of political fiction, our reviewer says. pg 1e

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