Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

August 27, 2005

NATIONAL

Katrina heads to Gulf Coast

After crossing the southern tip of the Florida peninsula on Thursday, Hurricane Katrina reached the Gulf of Mexico, where it absorbed enough energy to boost the speed of its sustained winds to 100 mph. Forecasters said the storm, a Category 2 hurricane, might intensify further as it turned north and headed toward the Gulf Coast. [Page 3a]

Voter ID law approved in Ga.

The Justice Department approved yesterday a Georgia law requiring voters to show photo identification at the polls, and opponents immediately vowed to challenge the measure in federal court. The Republican-backed measure sparked racial tension during the state's legislative session in the spring. Most of Georgia's black lawmakers walked out at the state Capitol when it was approved. [Page 4a]

Chicago mayor questioned

The corruption scandal that has engulfed Chicago's City Hall for months came yesterday morning to the desk of Mayor Richard M. Daley, who spent two hours answering questions from the federal authorities investigating political influence in city hiring. [Page 6a]

WORLD

Iraqis fail to agree on constitution

Despite prodding from the White House, Iraqis failed to reach an agreement on a draft constitution yesterday, and it appeared that the process had become deadlocked. [Page 1a]

Paris apartment fire kills 17

A fire swept through a Paris apartment building and killed 17 people, mostly children, while they slept yesterday. [Page 11a]

MARYLAND

Prison health firm short on staff

A for-profit company the state brought in to provide medical care to Maryland prison inmates has hired far fewer staff than required. St. Louis-based Correctional Medical Services Inc. serves as primary medical care provider for Maryland's 27,000 prisoners and is required under its contract to have 603 full-time staff. State officials acknowledge the company currently has a staff of only 425. [Page 1a]

Still no verdict in murder trial

A Baltimore Circuit Court judge refused to declare a mistrial again yesterday in the case of two Mexican immigrants accused of slashing the throats of three young relatives. Jurors have deliberated for nine days, and they sent another pleading note yesterday indicating they are still deadlocked. [Page 1b]

Key witness testifies in arson

A key prosecution witness testified in federal court yesterday that Patrick S. Walsh helped commit one of the largest residential arsons in state history. The testimony from Jeremy D. Parady, who has admitted his role in the arson, is the most damaging evidence so far against Walsh. However, defense attorneys attacked Parady's credibility. [Page 1b]

BUSINESS

Under Armour to publicly trade

Under Armour Inc., the Baltimore sportswear company whose gear has carried it from an unknown basement operation to a highly recognized name, began proceedings yesterday to become publicly traded. The company filed papers with the Securities and Exchange Commission requesting to sell as much as $100 million in common stock in an initial public offering. [Page 1a]

Greenspan: Good times will end

The world's most powerful economist has a cautionary message for those figuring their home values will keep rising. Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan says "history has not dealt kindly" with those who figure the good times won't end. Greenspan made his warning yesterday at a high-profile economic policy conference. [Page 10c]

TODAY

Love affair with pageant ends

The announcement that the Miss America pageant is leaving town brings a sad end to a long love affair between Atlantic City and the beauty pageant it supported for 85 years. The word one local paper used to describe the pageant's sudden departure: Divorce. [Page 1d]

`March' worries parents

March of the Penguins has become a surprise hit of the summer, but some of its scenes, like one in which a seal eats a penguin, have prompted discussions about whether they are too much for small children. [Page 1d]

Socking it to the competition

Years ago, as a laid-back surfer who shunned shoes, Sean Berg wanted to find a way to keep his toes warm in the winter. Now socks, specially designed to be worn with flip-flops, are selling well in outdoors stores. [Page 1d]

SPORTS

Ravens get first preseason win

Quarterback Kyle Boller hit Clarence Moore for a 31-yard touchdown pass just before halftime as the Ravens improved to 1-2 in the preseason with a 21-6 win over the New Orleans Saints. Ravens running back Chester Taylor, filling in for Jamal Lewis, had 151 yards on 13 first-half carries. [Page 1c]

Athletics' Blanton baffles Orioles

Rookie Joe Blanton tossed six scoreless innings, scattering four hits, and the Oakland Athletics held on for a 4-1 victory over the Orioles. Brian Roberts had the last of three straight singles off reliever Kiko Calero to open the seventh inning, scoring Eric Byrnes and preventing a shutout. [Page 1c]

USA Cycling supports Armstrong

Seven-time Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong received strong backing from Gerard Bisceglia, chief executive officer of USA Cycling, who said doping accusations against Armstrong are "completely without credibility" and "preposterous." [Page 2c]

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"It's unjust; it's unfair, and it's a horrible thing to do to Atlantic City. We did everything for her."

Sandra Mitchell on the Miss America pageant leaving town after 85 years (Article, Page 1D)

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