Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

November 06, 2006

NATIONAL

FBI may run undercover sting

The new chief of the FBI's Criminal Division, which is swamped with public corruption cases, says the bureau is ramping up its ability to catch crooked politicians and might run an undercover sting on Congress. pg 2A

School-bus related accidents up

New national data show school bus-related accidents send 17,000 U.S. children to emergency rooms each year, more than double the number in previous estimates that only included crashes. pg 3A

MARYLAND

Groups focus on getting out vote

With Maryland's close gubernatorial and Senate races likely to hinge on voter turnout, political parties and special-interest groups are orchestrating what may be the state's most extensive get-out-the-vote efforts in a midterm election. pg 1A

Diverging development plans

When it comes to managing Maryland's burgeoning growth, both major gubernatorial candidates back redevelopment of older communities as a way to rein in the expansion of exurbia. But in their records, and their rhetoric, they differ in signficant ways in how they would achieve it. pg 1B

WORLD

Vote on Sandinista leader held

Nicaraguans cast ballots yesterday to decide whether Sandinista leader Daniel Ortega will return to power in a race closely watched by the United States, which backed the war to try to overthrow him in the 1980s. pg 13A

Hussein sentenced to death

An Iraqi court sentenced Saddam Hussein to the gallows yesterday for crimes against humanity, closing a quarter-century-old chapter of violent suppression in this land of long memories, deep grudges and sectarian slaughter. The former Iraqi dictator and six subordinates were convicted and sentenced for the 1982 killings of 148 people in a single Shiite town after an attempt on his life there. pg 1A

Israeli Gaza offensive continues

Prime Minister Ehud Olmert pledged yesterday to press ahead with Israel's offensive in northern Gaza, brushing off international calls to halt the fighting and Palestinian complaints of dwindling supplies of water, food and other staples. pg 11A

SPORTS

Stewart wins Dickies 500

Tony Stewart - driving for wins but not a championship because he did not qualify for the Chase for the Nextel Cup - overpowered the field at Texas Motor Speedway in the Dickies 500. Jimmie Johnson grabbed the points lead from Matt Kenseth with a second-place finish. pg 1d

Ravens hold off Bengals, 26-20

The Ravens took a two-game lead in the AFC North with a 26-20 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals at M&T Bank Stadium. Steve McNair passed for 245 yards, Jamal Lewis scored a touchdown and Matt Stover kicked four field goals for the Ravens (6-2). IN Gameday

TODAY

A look forward, back in politics

On the eve of the election, former Gov. Harry Hughes looks back on 30 years of public service and the current state of politics. pg 1c

Country music awards tonight

The Country Music Association gets ready to celebrate its hottest stars in an awards show tonight that is expected to draw more viewers than the Grammy Awards. pg 1c

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