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September 20, 2004


Bush checks out Ivan's wakePresident Bush visited the Pensacola area and Alabama yesterday -- his third such visit to Florida this year -- and flew by helicopter over parts hit hardest when Ivan howled ashore Thursday with 130 mph winds. The hurricane spawned deadly tornadoes and a huge storm surge that destroyed homes and businesses, washed out roads and bridges, and knocked out power. "Hang in there," the president told residents as he walked along a street where Ivan obliterated dozens of homes. [Page 3a]

Edwards: Speaker's `fear' politics

Democratic vice presidential candidate John Edwards accused House Speaker Dennis Hastert yesterday of stooping "to the politics of fear" when he said al-Qaida terrorists might launch another terrorist attack to swing the election in John Kerry's favor. "I don't have data or intelligence to tell me one thing or another, [but] I would think they would be more apt to go [for] somebody who would file a lawsuit with the World Court or something rather than respond with troops," Hastert said. Edwards accused Hastert of joining the "fear-mongering choir." [Page 5a]

Award-winning photographer dies

Eddie Adams, 71, whose Pulitzer Prize-winning photo of a Vietnamese general executing a Viet Cong prisoner in the streets of Saigon became an enduring symbol of the brutality of the Vietnam War, died yesterday in his New York home of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig's disease, according to his assistant, Jessica Stuart. [Page 6a]


Chinese leader gets military reins

More than a year after becoming China's president, Hu Jintao was handed the full reins of power when his predecessor, Jiang Zemin, gave up the nation's most powerful military post. The move ends an awkward power-sharing arrangement that has seen two rival camps maneuvering for position as China faces a number of foreign- and domestic-policy challenges. [Page 1a]

Iraq insurgency, kidnappings

The Iraqi prime minister insisted that the raging insurgency will not delay January elections. Also, a videotape posted on a Web site showed the beheading of three hostages believed to be Kurds accused by militants of cooperating with U.S. forces. A separate group also claimed to have captured 18 Iraqi soldiers and threatened to kill them unless an detained aide of Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr was freed. [Page 12a]

Hamas leader killed

An Israeli helicopter fired a missile at a car in Gaza City late yesterday, residents said, killing a senior Hamas leader in what was the latest Israeli attack in the territory it plans to leave next year. Meanwhile, Prime Minister Ariel Sharon also told the weekly meeting of his Cabinet that Israel would retaliate for rocket attacks, even if they come from civilian areas. [Page 12a]


Dam floodgates opened

Nearly three dozen floodgates were opened at the Conowingo Dam to relieve pressure from the rain-swollen Susquehanna River, bringing a recommendation by Cecil County officials for residents of low-lying portions of the downstream town of Port Deposit to evacuate ahead of expected flooding. But many took a wait-and-see attitude, or opted to ride out the rising waters from remnants of Hurricane Ivan. [Page 1a]

MTBE regulations blasted

Even before they have been published, proposed state regulations aimed at preventing groundwater contamination by the gas additive MTBE are under fire from both sides. Gasoline dealers and station owners object to being required to replace all underground fuel pipes at existing gas stations. Environmental and health advocates say proposals do not go far enough. [Page 1b]

JFX in the slow lane

Thousands of people walked, ran and rolled -- on bicycles, skateboards and in-line skates -- along Interstate 83 in Baltimore on the one day each year that the northbound lanes are closed to vehicles. The shutdown was part of the Jones Falls Valley Celebration, an annual event letting Marylanders see the Jones Falls Expressway -- and the waterway for which it is named -- at a slower pace. [Page 1b]


And the Emmy goes to ...

The Sopranos finally bested The West Wing for the best drama honor, while the critically acclaimed but low-rated Arrested Development was named the surprise winner in the best comedy series category at last night's 56th annual Emmy Awards. Many winners in the acting categories were from shows that wrapped up last season, such as Frasier and Sex and the City. [Pages 1a, 1c]

MICA dorm design contest

The Maryland Institute College of Art hopes the design of a $20 million residence hall will come from a competition that features only one firm: RTKL Associates, which has asked young architects from eight of its offices to submit proposals due Oct. 20. [Page 1c]


Twins' Santana beats Orioles, 5-1

American League Cy Young Award candidate Johan Santana (19-6) won his 11th straight start, striking out a career-high 14 in eight shutout innings, as the Twins defeated the visiting Orioles, 5-1. Losing pitcher Bruce Chen gave up three home runs. [Page 1d]


Ravens roll in home opener, 30-13

Eager to atone for a Week 1 loss in Cleveland, the Ravens dominated the Steelers to win their home opener, 30-13, and forged a tie for first place in the AFC Central. In a game marred by injuries and penalties, Jamal Lewis rushed for two touchdowns and Chester Taylor gained a career-high 76 yards on the ground. The Ravens' Todd Heap and Deion Sanders missed the second half with injuries. [Page 1e]


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"We are adamant that democracy is going to prevail."

Iraqi Prime Minister Ayad Allawi, on the possibility of insurgents derailing January elections (Article, Page 12A)

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