Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

August 22, 2005

NATIONAL

Hagel compares Iraq to Vietnam

Chuck Hagel, a leading Republican senator and prospective presidential candidate, said yesterday that the war in Iraq has destabilized the Middle East and is looking more like the Vietnam conflict from a generation ago. [Page 3a]

SARS treatment shows promise

Small fragments of genetic material that can silence specific genes are showing promise in battling deadly severe acute respiratory syndrome, or SARS. Researchers reported yesterday that snippets called interfering RNA can reduce an infection in monkeys and help protect them from new ones. [Page 3a]

Amid strike, test awaits airline

Northwest Airlines continued to fly yesterday, the second day of a strike by more than 4,400 mechanics and aircraft cleaners who rejected labor cost cuts demanded by the nations fourth-largest airline. But the real test for the company and its replacement mechanics arrives with a far busier weekday schedule. [Page 4a]

WORLD

Gaza pullout almost complete

Israeli authorities have evacuated all but one Gaza Strip settlement, Netzarim, where the 400 residents will be evicted today. With the withdrawal from Gaza nearly complete and the settlements being razed, Israeli forces expect to turn their attention to two settlements in the West Bank tomorrow or Wednesday. [Page 1a]

4 soldiers killed in Afghanistan

A roadside bomb attack killed four U.S. soldiers and wounded three others in southern Afghanistan yesterday as Taliban insurgents pressed an escalating guerrilla war nearly four years after their radical Islamic movement was swept from power. [Page 6a]

Sunnis seek constitution help

A day before the deadline for the new constitution, Sunni Arabs appealed yesterday to the United States and United Nations to prevent Shiites and Kurds from pushing a draft through parliament without their consent, saying it would only worsen the crisis in Iraq. [Page 6a]

MARYLAND

Grappling with phones in school

Years after cell phones began appearing in schools - and interrupting classes - Baltimore area school systems are still grappling with how to regulate them. Many officials remain concerned about students sneaking in calls or text messages, or using them to cheat. [Page 1a]

Library cards for the youngest

Children ages 6 and under will be eligible to receive their own library cards and will be exempt from overdue charges at Baltimore's Enoch Pratt Free Library under a campaign being announced today to encourage reading at the earliest ages. [Page 1b]

A nighttime mosquito weapon

The state's newest weapon in the aerial war against mosquitoes, including those that carry the West Nile virus, is a 35-foot twin-engine Beechcraft King, which can fly at night, when mosquitoes are most active. The plane that was previously used for mosquito spraying was not designed for nighttime flying. [Page 1b]

TODAY

Puffy AmiYumi performs in D.C.

The singing duo of Ami Onuki and Yumi Yoshimura hopes to parlay the popularity of their cartoon show, Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi, into greater recognition of their infectious pop rock. Tonight, they will perform in Washington. [Page 1c]

New thinking about dorm living

Goucher College's new residence hall has a contemporary look and layout that reflect fresh thinking about student housing at the college, which has a record enrollment this fall. [Page 1c]

SPORTS

Indians complete sweep of O's

The Cleveland Indians defeated the Orioles, 5-1, to complete a three-game sweep at Jacobs Field. The lineup included Miguel Tejada, who went 0-for-4, as the designated hitter for the first time in the majors. [Page 1d]

Woods wins 4th at Firestone

Tiger Woods rolled in an 18-foot birdie putt on No. 16, then escaped with a par from the trees on the 18th hole for a one-shot victory over Chris DiMarco in the World Golf Championships' NEC Invitational. It was Woods' fourth triumph at Firestone Country Club in Akron, Ohio. [Page 1d]

Bayhawks capture MLL title

Gary Gait scored six goals to lead the Baltimore Bayhawks to a 15-9 victory over the Long Island Lizards in Boston and their second Major League Lacrosse championship. [Page 1d]

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QUOTE OF THE DAY

"Stay the course is not a policy. By any standard, when you analyze two years in Iraq ... we're not winning."

Nebraska Sen. Chuck Hagel, calling on the Bush administration to devise a policy to withdraw from Iraq (Article, Page 3A)

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