Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

August 25, 2005

NATIONAL

Base realignment panel votes

A federal panel on military bases voted yesterday to recommend the move of thousands of jobs from facilities around the county to Aberdeen Proving Ground in Harford County and Fort Meade in Anne Arundel County. [Page 1a]

The politics of gas prices

A growing number of congressional Republicans are nervous that as consumers feel the pinch at the gas pump, the GOP, as the party in power, will feel pain at the ballot box. [Page 1a]

Tropical Storm Katrina builds

Taking aim at South Florida yesterday, Tropical Storm Katrina threatened to build into an 80-mph hurricane, unleash torrential rains and cause severe flooding. It's expected to make landfall tomorrow, but the region should begin feeling the storm's effects this morning. [Page 7a]

WORLD

Iraq violence flares before vote

Clashes yesterday between followers of a radical Shiite cleric and a rival Shiite faction in Najaf, an Iraqi holy city, left at least six dead and scores injured during a violent day throughout the country on the eve of a National Assembly vote on a new constitution. [Page 1a]

Israel taking Palestinian land

Israel has ordered the seizure of Palestinian land to build a barrier to encompass the largest Jewish settlement in the West Bank, prompting strong Palestinian objections. [Page 15a]

MARYLAND

Foundation helping city schools

The Stupski Foundation will announce today that it is beginning a partnership with the Baltimore school system to help improve reform plans at low-performing schools. The California-based foundation, created in 1996 by a former Charles Schwab executive and his wife, will send experts to work with the city school system. [Page 1b]

Businessman sentenced in fraud

Gilbert Sapperstein was sentenced to 18 months in jail yesterday as he paid $3.5 million to the city school system for his role in a fraud and bribery scheme involving fraudulent boiler repairs. [Page 1b]

SPORTS

Orioles drop fifth in row

The Los Angeles Angels beat the Orioles, 3-1, for Baltimore's fifth loss in a row. The team has scored four runs off starting pitchers in the last five games. [Page 1c]

Schilling questions Palmeiro

Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling became the second high-profile member of the baseball community in the last two days to blast Orioles first baseman Rafael Palmeiro. Schilling told a Boston radio station that he agreed with Nationals manager Frank Robinson that Palmeiro's offensive numbers should be erased. [Page 1c]

Turf course opened at Laurel

Laurel Park opens its new turf course, one that will make turf racing available for nearly eight months a year. The hope is that the course will lure horses that prefer running on turf and give the state a competitive edge on states that have slot machines. [Page 1c]

J. Lewis to miss preseason game

Ravens running back Jamal Lewis will miss tomorrow's preseason game because of a bone spur in his left foot. [Page 3c]

BUSINESS

Law drives record bankruptcies

The number of bankruptcies in the United States surged to an all-time high in the second quarter of this year as financially troubled consumers scrambled to file before a rewrite of bankruptcy laws takes full effect. [Page 1d]

Va. power plant shuts down

An Atlanta-based power company took the rare step last night of closing a power plant serving the Mid-Atlantic because it couldn't fix air pollution problems that Virginia warned were a threat to public health. The Mirant Corp. told state officials it would close 55-year-old, coal-fired Potomac River electricity generating plant in Alexandria after being ordered by the state to immediately start meeting air quality standards. [Page 1d]

Hooked on Phonics in stores

Hooked on Phonics, famous for its late-night TV infomercials, hopes to capture sales with a more traditional format under a new Baltimore-based owner: Its products will soon be available at major retailers nationwide. The company, which was acquired by Educate Inc. this year, hopes to reach more customers at retail outlets such as Wal-Mart, Target and Amazon.com. [Page 1d]

TODAY

Pulpit and other props for sale

When Theatre Hopkins lost its on-campus performing space to an undergraduate JHU theater program, it was left with surplus costumes, props and scenery galore. On Saturday, it will offer many of the items for sale in the Mattin Center's F. Ross Jones Building. [Page 1e]

Storm may crash MTV awards

Despite a tropical storm bearing down on southern Florida, MTV officials were insisting yesterday that nothing would rain on their parade for this weekend's MTV Music Awards bash. [Page 2e]

Edwards still tunes in to NPR

Bob Edwards, ousted after 25 years as the voice of National Public Radio's Morning Edition, says he still listens to his old show every day and calls public radio a more important news source than ever. [Page 3e]

TODAY ONLINE

HUNG JURY

The jury in the trial of three slain Baltimore children admits it's hung, but is sent back to the table for further deliberations. For archived coverage, go to www.baltimoresun.com/fallstaff.

LIVE!

The online version includes photo galleries, a day trips archive, a meet the band archive, and this week's survey at www.baltimoresun.com/live

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"If you're driving a Honda Civic and you insist on putting a premium gas into it, it's still going to be a Honda Civic. It's not going to turn into a Viper."

Jim Spires, auto shop manager, about some people's devotion to top-grade gas (Article, Page 1A)

MARKETS

DOW -- DOWN

-84.71

10,434.87

NASDAQ -- DOWN

-8.34

2,128.91

S&P -- DOWN

-7.98

1,209.59

SUNINDEX -- DOWN

-0.79

324.25

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