Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

September 27, 2004

NATIONAL

Jeanne tears across Florida

Hurricane Jeanne blazed a deadly and destructive path across the heart of Florida, making landfall near Port St. Lucie, in nearly the exact spot where Hurricane Frances tore into the eastern coastline three weeks ago. With 120 mph winds, the storm flooded coastal areas from Daytona Beach to West Palm Beach, blacked out power to more than 1.5 million people and caused at least six deaths. [Page 1a]

New tone in remarks on Iraq

Secretary of State Colin L. Powell and Gen. John P. Abizaid, head of U.S. Central Command, offered bleak appraisals of the Iraqi insurgency, predicting that fighting will continue through the Iraqi national elections set for late January. Their comments reflect a recent change of emphasis in the Bush administration's evaluation of Iraq. [Page 1a]

WORLD

Israel blamed in car bombing

Members of the militant group Hamas blamed Israel for a car bomb that killed a Hamas leader in Damascus, Syria. While Israeli officials declined to either confirm or deny involvement in the death of Izz Eldine Subhi Sheik Khalil, the Israeli media reported that Israeli security sources acknowledged killing him. [Page 1a]

Alleged al-Qaida operative killed

Paramilitary police killed a suspected top al-Qaida operative in a four-hour gunbattle at a house in southern Pakistan that also led to the arrest of two other men. Amjad Hussain Farooqi had been wanted for his alleged role in the kidnapping and beheading of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl in 2002 and two assassination attempts against President Gen. Pervez Musharraf in December. [Page 6a]

Iraqi Guard leader arrested

American troops arrested a senior commander of the U.S.-trained Iraqi National Guard for alleged ties to insurgents, underscoring the challenge to the United States in building a strong -- and reliable -- Iraqi security force to build order from chaos. Meanwhile, suicide attackers exploded a pair of car bombs outside an Iraqi National Guard compound, wounding American and Iraqi forces. [Page 7a]

MARYLAND

Clean air reforms stir dispute

Environmentalists who say President Bush has weakened the Clean Air Act point to the coal-burning Chalk Point power plant in Prince Georges County, whose owner is no longer talking to federal regulators about installing pollution-control equipment. The Bush administration contends the changes have clarified a confusing law that discouraged companies from making needed improvements. [Page 1a]

Help for city neighborhoods

Coppin State University plans to use some of the $160 million in capital improvement funds it expects to receive over the next 10 years to rebuild the campus and adjoining neighborhoods. The largely commuter university in West Baltimore wants to become a residential campus. For that to happen, the housing stock must improve and issues such as safety must be addressed. [Page 1b]

School naptime disappearing

Naptime -- the envy of some adults -- has evolved into a period offered of quiet activities in the full-day kindergartens in Anne Arundel, Howard and other Maryland counties. The disappearance of naptime is part of an increased emphasis on curriculum and instruction designed to make the most of the moments children spend in the classroom. [Page 1b]

TODAY

A new look at stadium venues

If the Maryland Stadium Authority wants an example of how to more fully utilize Baltimore venues, recent concerts by Jimmy Buffett at Fenway Park in Boston offer one. How they were pulled off -- during baseball season -- could teach other stadium owners a thing or two. [Page 1c]

SPORTS

Tejada, R. Lopez lift Orioles, 5-0

Miguel Tejada's three RBIs gave the Orioles a 5-0 victory over Detroit and boosted his total to 142 for the season, tying the team's single-season record. Rodrigo Lopez pitched a three-hitter, helping the Orioles sweep the Tigers in a season series for the first time. [Page 1d]

Mazzilli envisions O's in NL

If club ownership can't stop the Expos from moving to Washington, Orioles manager Lee Mazzilli suggested that his team switch to the National League and D.C.'s squad shift to the American League. Orioles owner Peter Angelos declined to comment on his manager's suggestion. [Page 1d]

Newman dominates in MBNA 400

Ryan Newman averaged 119.067 mph for an 8.149-second victory in the MBNA America 400 at Dover (Del.) International Speedway, pulling him back into the hunt for the NASCAR Nextel Cup championship, 107 points behind Jeff Gordon, who leaped two spots into the points lead with a third-place finish in the race. [Page 1d]

GAMEDAY

J. Lewis carries day in 23-9 win

Jamal Lewis, who had struggled to break out during the Ravens' first two games of the NFL season, rushed for 186 yards and scored on a 75-yard run that sealed yesterday's 23-9 victory over the host Bengals. Ravens quarterback Kyle Boller ran for a touchdown and threw for another, but lost two fumbles that kept the game close. [Page 1e]

TODAY ONLINE

MARYLAND WEATHER

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BALTIMORE'S FASHION CENTER

Read about some local entrepreneurs' efforts to turn Baltimore's Charles Street into a fashion destination, then go online to see an expanded photo gallery. www.baltimoresun.com/fashion

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"We're going to have to fight out way all the way through the elections, and there will be a lot of violence between now and then."

Gen. John B. Abizaid, head of U.S. Central Command on Iraq. (Article, Page 1A)

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