Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

November 02, 2006

NATIONAL

Novelist William Styron dies

William Styron, the Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist whose explorations of the darkest corners of the human mind and experience were charged by his own near-suicidal demons, died yesterday in Martha's Vineyard, Mass. He was 81. pg 1a

Pentagon begins PR effort

As concern in the Defense Department mounts over increasingly negative coverage of the Iraq war, the Pentagon has launched a rapid-response public relations effort to rebut news stories that officials believe are inaccurate or misleading. pg 3a

MARYLAND

Cardin leads Steele in new poll

The race for Maryland's open U.S. Senate seat has narrowed but Democrat Benjamin L. Cardin holds a 6-point edge, the result of firm support among African-American voters and strong leads in Baltimore and suburban Washington, according to a new Sun poll. pg 1a

Prison overtime pay rises

The state spent more than $28 million on overtime last year to staff its troubled prisons - nearly twice as much as the year before - because officials can't find enough people willing to work in institutions wracked by violence and other problems, records show. pg 1a

WORLD

Syria, Iran accused of plot

The Bush administration accused Syria, Iran and the Hezbollah militants they back of trying to oust the Lebanese government. pg 10a

BUSINESS

DOW -- DOWN

-49.71

12,031.02

NASDAQ -- DOWN

-32.36

2,334.35

S&P -- DOWN

-10.13

1,367.81

SUN INDEX DOWN

-2.10

350.19

Kaiser on top in HMO guide

Kaiser Permanente again posted the top marks on the state's annual HMO report card, released yesterday. pg 1d

CVS to buy Caremark

In a move that could influence how and where millions of Americans get their prescriptions filled, CVS Corp., the nations second-biggest drugstore chain, said yesterday that it would buy Caremark Rx Inc., the United States' largest manager of prescription benefits. pg 1d

SPORTS

Report: Graham to be charged

Track coach Trevor Graham, who helped launch a federal probe of steroid use by elite athletes, is expected to be charged with obstructing the investigation, two Justice Department officials told the Associated Press. pg 4e

TODAY

Appearance counts

Never mind the issues. It's the way the candidates dress and comb their hair that will matter to some voters when they go to the polls to cast their ballots next week. pg 1c

Fridays are for bluegrass

Every Friday night the "shore billies" gather at Good Deale Bluegrass Shop in Anne Arundel County for some picking and singing. pg 1c

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