Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

August 26, 2005

NATIONAL

Hurricane Katrina hits Fla.

A weak and sodden Hurricane Katrina made landfall along Florida's densely populated southeastern coast today, bringing winds that reached 80 mph and a danger of widespread flooding from torrential rains of up to 15 inches. Two people were killed by falling trees. Late yesterday, Katrina was centered in northwest Miami-Dade County, heading west at 6 mph. An estimated 5.9 million Florida residents were in Katrina's projected path. [Page 3a]

Tenet criticized in CIA report

A long-awaited CIA inspector-general's report on the agency's performance before the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks includes detailed criticism of more than a dozen former and current agency officials. Its sharpest language was aimed at George J. Tenet, the former director of central intelligence, according to sources. CIA Director Porter J. Goss delivered the report to the Senate and House intelligence committees Tuesday. [Page 3a]

Fetus article sparks debate

A research article published Wednesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association about when fetuses begin to feel pain is sparking a debate about the nexus between science and politics and what information authors should disclose to scientific journals. [Page 6a]

WORLD

Iraqi constitution extension

The speaker of Iraq's parliament announced another extension for approving the country's draft constitution after the third attempt to win Sunni approval came up short. [Page 1a]

Palestinians denounce raid

Palestinians denounced an Israeli raid that killed five Palestinians, and a rocket fired from Lebanon exploded in an Israeli village yesterday in the first major resumption of violence since Israel's pullout of 25 Gaza and West Bank settlements. [Page 8a]

MARYLAND

Army hospital to relocate

A federal commission voted yesterday to move Washington's historic Walter Reed Army Medical Center and nearly 1,900 jobs to Bethesda, part of a sweeping military realignment that would create a national center for medical treatment and research in Maryland. The decision by the Base Realignment and Closure and Commission paves the way for the construction of a hospital on the campus of the National Naval Medical Center. [Page 1a]

Md. has $1.2 billion surplus

The state of Maryland finished the last budget year, which ended June 30, with a $1.2 billion surplus, according to the comptroller's office, providing the governor and state lawmakers with the best news they've had since taking office in January 2003. At the time, a financial downturn prompted a state hiring freeze and some program cuts. [Page 1a]

Military college misconduct

A Pentagon task force yesterday sharply faulted the prevailing culture at the U.S. Naval Academy and the Army's military college at West Point for the schools' problems with sexual harassment and misconduct. [Page 1b]

Personnel practices scrutinized

In a day marked by partisan feuding and a sweeping dismissal of GOP concerns, General Assembly leaders voted yesterday to give subpoena power to a special committee examining the governor's personnel practices. [Page 1b]

TODAY

Duff to perform tomorrow

Singer/actress Hillary Duff, who appears tomorrow night at 1st Mariner Arena, has become parents' favorite pop starlet. As sales of her albums and concert tickets will attest, the kids like her, too. [Page 1c]

There she goes ...

The Miss America pageant is officially leaving Atlantic City, the only home it's known in its 85-year existence. No new home for the event has been named. [Page 1c]

BUSINESS

Legg employees are jumping ship

Legg Mason Inc.'s capital markets division, which the Baltimore firm agreed to sell along with its brokers to the financial powerhouse Citigroup Inc., has been stung by a string of defections to competitors as employees speculate their division will soon be sold again. More departures in the division could lower the selling price, analysts said. [Page 1e]

Six Flags goes on auction block

Six Flags Inc. is putting itself up for sale at an auction, one week after Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder bid to raise his stake in the amusement-park operator and oust Kieran Burke as chairman and CEO. Shares rose more than 10 percent yesterday for the world's second-biggest theme-park operator after the Walt Disney Co.

[Page 1e]

SPORTS

Orioles pitcher Ponson arrested

Orioles pitcher Sidney Ponson was arrested on drunken-driving charges for the second time in seven months. Members of the team's front office, including owner Peter G. Angelos, met for hours at Angelos' downtown law office to discuss a course of action. [Page 1a]

Orioles defeat Angels, 2-0

The Orioles ended their five-game losing streak by beating the Los Angeles Angels, 2-0. Rodrigo Lopez pitched seven strong innings as the Orioles avoided a three-game sweep. [Page 1f]

TODAY ONLINE

SOLDIER'S FUNERAL

Army Spc. Toccara Green of Rosedale will be buried today at Arlington National Cemetery. For a complete listing of men and women with local ties killed in Operation Iraqi Freedom, go to www.baltimoresun.com/iraq.

HURRICANE KATRINA

Hurricane Katrina made landfall along the southeast Florida coast yesterday. For details and local forecasts, go to www.marylandweather.com

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"When you hit 70 or 80, what are you going to have? All you have are your stories. I'll have stories. And then I'll know, it was all worth it."

Jim Brumage, 43, who is camping out to be first in line for Rolling Stones tickets (Article, Page 1B)

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