Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

August 31, 2005

NATIONAL

New Orleans left in chaos

New Orleans slipped under water and into turmoil yesterday, as residents faced flooded neighborhoods, prowling looters, scattered gas fires, failing hospitals and the possible evacuation of all those who remained in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. [Page 1a]

Record SAT scores in math

The nation's high school Class of 2005 posted a record-high score on the math portion of the SAT, while displaying a lack of progress on the verbal part of the widely used college-entrance examination, test officials said yesterday. [Page 3a]

400 arrested in meth sweep

Authorities yesterday said more than 400 arrests were part of the first nationally coordinated operation aimed at producers and sellers of methamphetamine - a highly addictive drug. More than 200 pounds of the drug and 56 labs were seized. [Page 4a]

WORLD

U.S. aims air strikes at militants

U.S. military said air strikes killed several militants in western Iraq yesterday, while the U.S. ambassador to the country said he still had hope that an agreement on a constitution could be reached. [Page 16a]

Paris fire kills immigrants

A fire late Monday in a dilapidated Paris apartment killed seven African immigrants - the second such deadly fire in a week. French President Jacques Chirac promised "strong initiatives" to assist those living in inadequate housing. Havens for squatters were ordered closed. [Page 18a]

MARYLAND

Poverty growing in Md.

Census data released yesterday showed a growth in poverty in both Baltimore and Maryland, even as the state remains one of the nation's wealthiest. The city data show that as Baltimore prospers, large sections of it remain mired in poverty. [Page 1a]

Future of state office complex

State officials are considering tearing down the 25-acre downtown Baltimore state office complex and turning it into the foundation for a new entertainment, retail and residential hub. The potential redevelopment site would be the largest such effort in modern city history. [Page 1a]

SPORTS

Reeling O's fall again, 7-2

Right-hander Rodrigo Lopez allowed seven runs in 4 2/3 innings as the Orioles lost an early lead fell to the Toronto Blue Jays, 7-2. The Orioles have lost 10 of their past 11 games to fall a season-worst nine games below .500. [Page 3e]

Colts agree to new Indy lease

The Colts and Indianapolis agreed to a new lease that will keep the NFL team in that city with a new stadium for at least 30 years. The new stadium is projected to cost up to $700 million and be ready for the 2008 season. [Page 6e]

Roddick upset at U.S. Open

Playing on his 23rd birthday, Andy Roddick, the No. 4 seed and 2003 champion, made a shocking first-round exit at the U.S. Open, losing to little-known Gilles Muller of Luxembourg in three sets, 7-6 (4), 7-6 (8), 7-6 (1). [Page 8e]

BUSINESS

Federated buys May stores

Federated Department Stores Inc. said yesterday that it completed its $11.9 billion acquisition of rival May Department Stores Co., forming a retail company with more than 1,000 stores, including Macy's and the current Hecht's. Federated will sell 26 stores as part of an anti-trust agreement with New York, Maryland, Massachusetts, California and Pennsylvania. [Page 1d]

Grotech aims to expand

Grotech Capital Group is looking to add as many as three restaurant companies to the one it already owns, underscoring the Timonium venture firm's plan to boost its involvement in such non-traditional investments as buyouts. [Page 1d]

TODAY

`Constant Gardener' reviewed

Reviewer Michael Sragow calls The Constant Gardener a thriller from the inside out, a romance from the outside in and gives it a four-star rating. The film stars Ralph Fiennes and Rachel Weisz. [Page 1c]

Panda fans flock to zoo's Web site

The National Zoo's as-yet-unnamed baby panda has inspired 1.7 million hits on the Web-cam at the zoo's panda Internet site since his birth July 9. That day, there were 86,000 visitors to the site. [Page 1c]

Time's up for Martha Stewart

At midnight tonight, Martha Stewart can finally remove the electronic monitor bracelet she has worn since leaving prison, making her free to move about the country. [Page 1c]

WORKING

Younger workers driven

Today's younger workers tend to want to move up fast and are more likely to take control of their career instead of waiting for their employers to make those decisions for them. [Page 1k]

MURDER TRIAL

After weeks of testimony, a mistrial is declared in the trial of two men accused of killing three immigrant children in 2004. For archived coverage, go to www.baltimoresun.com/fallstaff

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QUOTE OF THE DAY

"To look at this in a political context is, on its face, ridiculous."

Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr., defending state oversight of special education in Baltimore schools. (Article, Page 1B)

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