Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

September 15, 2004

NATIONAL

Goss on CIA, partisanship

At an often combative hearing of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, Rep. Porter J. Goss of Florida said yesterday that rebuilding the CIA would take more than five years and that U.S. spies needed to be encouraged to take more risks. President Bush's nominee to be the agency's director was admonished for partisan comments blaming Democrats for intelligence failures. Goss said that he might have gone too far in some of his statements and that he would provide objective advice to the president and Congress if confirmed. [Page 3a]

Fleeing Ivan's projected path

Terrified by Hurricane Ivan's destructive power, coastal residents shielded what they could, packed what they needed and fled the western Florida Panhandle and cities from Mobile, Ala., to New Orleans yesterday. [Page 6a]

Bush memos phony but `correct'

The former secretary for the Texas Air National Guard colonel who supposedly authored memos critical of President Bush's service said that the documents are fake, but that they reflect documents that once existed. [Page 10a]

WORLD

Baghdad attacks kill police

A series of explosions and shootings in Baghdad left dozens of Iraqi police recruits and officers dead. The attacks were the latest in a mounting insurgent campaign in the country. [Page 1a]

Iraqi elections may be imperiled

With the attacks mounting and large parts of Iraq under rebel control, the possibility of landmark national elections being held in January appears to be in danger, experts say. [Page 15a]

MARYLAND

Statewide test results are in

Scores on Maryland's high school end-of-course tests improved significantly this year, but results also showed that about 40 percent of the students would not have achieved the score required to earn a high school diploma. See how students performed statewide and how those in all grades fared on the Maryland School Assessment. [Page 1a.]

Also, learn about city and suburban students' results. [Page 1b.]

Randallstown High shooting case

Tyrone Devon Brown, 23, known as "Fat Boy," pleaded guilty yesterday to attempted murder and weapons charges in connection with last May's shooting in the parking lot at Randallstown High School that injured four students. Brown acknowledged that he fired into a crowd of students after a charity basketball game; he will serve 50 years in prison under the terms of a plea agreement. [Page 1b]

Voting machine court appeal

With just seven weeks remaining until Election Day, Maryland's highest court refused to order security upgrades to a new $55 million statewide electronic voting system or to require paper ballots for voters who distrust the computers. The Court of Appeals ruling affirms an Anne Arundel circuit judge's decision that state elections officials had done enough to ensure the "security and secrecy of ballots." [Page 1b]

TODAY

Stargazing at Fashion Week

Celebrity spotting at Fashion Week in New York turns into a full-time job as Jennifer Lopez, Josh Hartnett, Janet Jackson, Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen, Steven Tyler and a cast of thousands turn out for the tent shows. [Page 1c]

4 UM students in `Playboy'

Four University of Maryland students are among women from colleges in the Atlantic Coast Conference featured in October's Playboy magazine. UM spokesman George Cathcart said the university has no position on its students appearing nude. [Page 2c]

BUSINESS

Malpractice insurance increase Maryland's insurance commissioner approved a 33-percent rate increase for the malpractice insurer that covers most of the state's doctors. It was less than the 41 percent sought, but enough to intensify a heated debate over malpractice reforms. [Page 1d]

Jos. A. Bank Clothiers settles case

Jos. A. Bank Clothiers Inc. has agreed to change its advertising practices and pay $475,000 in a settlement with New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer, who had accused the Hampstead-based men's clothier of deceptive advertising by offering sales on suits that weren't really discounted. As part of the settlement, Bank didn't admit to wrongdoing and said it chose to settle as a quick resolution to the inquiry. [Page 1d]

Higher heating bills expected

The winter heating season won't start for at least a few more weeks, but suppliers are warning that sharply higher wholesale costs will push prices up. Residential customers, experts say, can expect to pay 10 percent to 15 percent more because of soaring crude oil prices and a continuing shortage of U.S. natural gas supplies. [Page 1d]

SPORTS

Mixed signals on Mazzilli's return

Orioles vice president Mike Flanagan gave Lee Mazzilli a ringing endorsement this week, saying he sees no reason the manager won't be back for a second season next year. But club owner Peter Angelos has told close associates he isn't sure Mazzilli should return. [Page 1e]

T. Taylor out until mid-October

Ravens starting wide receiver Travis Taylor probably will be out until Oct. 24 after re-injuring his groin Sunday, team officials confirmed. [Page 1e]

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