Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

November 01, 2006

MARYLAND

Governor's race a dead heat

The Maryland governor's race is a dead heat less than a week before Election Day, as Republican Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.'s relentless attacks on Mayor Martin O'Malley's record on crime and schools have eroded the Democrat's support in the Baltimore suburbs, a new poll for The Sun shows. pg 1a

Record demand for absentees

A record number of voters - 175,500 - have requested absentee ballots for next week's election, state officials said yesterday after the deadline for mailed applications passed. pg 1a

WORLD

In Iraq, a harsh October

The 103 U.S. troops killed in Baghdad and across Iraq last month -the highest monthly death toll in nearly two years - were victims of a steady drip of assaults, primarily by their long-time nemeses, Sunni Arab insurgents. pg 1a

NATIONAL

Prostate screening studied

The dubious rite of passage when a man turns 50 might arrive even earlier, based on a study that suggests screening for prostate cancer should begin at the age of 40. pg 3a

SPORTS

Merriman abandons appeal

San Diego Chargers linebacker Shawne Merriman dropped his appeal of a four-game suspension for violating the NFL policy on steroids and will miss the next four games. pg 9e

BUSINESS

DOW -- DOWN

-5.77

12,080.73

NASDAQ -- UP

+2.94

2,366.71

S&P -- UP

+0.01

1,377.94

SUN INDEX -- UP

+0.45

352.29

Under Armour profit surges

Under Armour Inc. reported yesterday that third-quarter profit nearly doubled and that its gross margins rebounded as quarterly sales surpassed $100 million for the first time. pg 1d

TODAY

Game shows take hold on TV

With network programmers sensing a glut in expensive serialized dramas this fall, TV executives are trying to cut costs by turning to game shows. pg 1a

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