Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

October 31, 2006

NATIONAL

Iraq philosophy challenged

Growing numbers of U.S. military officers have begun to privately question the wisdom that has guided American strategy in Iraq for more than three years -- that setting a hard deadline for troop reductions would strengthen the insurgency and undermine the effort to create a stable state. pg 1a

Bush goes after Democrats

Using the backdrop of the war in Iraq to launch some of his toughest campaign attacks this political season, President Bush accused Democrats of being more concerned with pulling U.S. troops out of Iraq than with winning the war. pg 3a

MARYLAND

Parties line up legal teams

In addition to the usual get-out-the vote campaigns, Democrats and Republicans in Maryland are planning a major get-out-the-lawyer efforts to prepare for an election that could be fought as vigorously in state courts as at the polls. pg 1a

Tax break for those over 70

The Howard County Council yesterday unanimously approved what may be Maryland's most generous property tax cut for homeowners aged 70 and over. pg 1b

WORLD

Pakistan destroys school

Pakistani helicopter gunships destroyed a religious school that the military said was fronting as an al-Qaida training camp, killing 80 people in the country's deadliest military operation targeting terrorist suspects. pg 14a

KFC to trim trans fats

Under pressure from health advocates and peers, as well as a lawsuit filed by a retired Maryland doctor, Kentucky Fried Chicken said yesterday it plans to eliminate most artery-clogging trans fat from its food by next April. pg 1a

Savings bank picks chief

Baltimore County Savings Bank said yesterday that Joseph J. Bouffard would become chief executive of the institution roiled by a loss from a check-kiting scheme and the resignation of its CEO. pg 1d

TODAY

Crisis head count

Whether it's in business, sports or politics, when organizations are in crisis, heads will roll. pg c1

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