Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

September 01, 2005

NATIONAL

Number of storm refugees mounts

The number of people fleeing Katrina's wreckage and flooding began to emerge yesterday. President Bush said more than 78,000 people are housed in shelters in and around the hurricane's strike zone, with thousands more crowded into the region's security barricades, waiting in parking lots or sitting helpless on roadsides. [Page 1a]

FDA official quits in protest

A high-ranking Food and Drug Administration official resigned yesterday in protest over the agency's refusal to allow over-the-counter sales of emergency contraception. Susan Wood, director of FDA's Office of Women's Health, announced her resignation in an e-mail to colleagues at the agency. The e-mail was released by contraception advocates. [Page 3a]

Government OKs new flu shot

The government approved a new flu shot yesterday, clearing a third U.S. supplier even as doctors await notice of how much vaccine will be available this year. The Food and Drug Administration approved Fluarix to immunize adults 18 and older. The shots are made in Germany by a subsidiary of GlaxoSmithKline. The company expects to supply 8 million doses to the U.S. market this flu season, a spokesman said. [Page 3a]

WORLD

Rumor sparks deadly stampede

Hundreds of Iraqis were killed in a stampede that broke out during a religious procession in Baghdad yesterday when rumors circulated among the crowd that a suicide bomber was nearby. No bomber was found. [Page 1a]

Egypt to post troops in Gaza

Israel's parliament approved a plan yesterday to allow Egypt to post troops on the Gaza border, allowing the Israeli military to pull out of the sensitive coastal frontier. [Page 15a]

MARYLAND

Stock analyst Westheimer dies

Julius M. Westheimer, a Baltimore investment banker, raconteur and financial analyst for newspapers, radio and TV, died yesterday at 88. [Page 1b]

Allegany OKs development

A contentious proposal to develop a 4,300-home community called Terrapin Run in mountainous Allegany County has won approval of zoning officials, though residents opposed to the project said yesterday that they still hope to block it. [Page 1b]

Sauerbrey to State Department?

President Bush intends to nominate Ellen R. Sauerbrey, a 67-year-old former Maryland delegate and Republican gubernatorial candidate, to the top refugee post at the State Department, the White House announced. [Page 12b]

SPORTS

O's end 5-game losing streak

The Orioles ended a five-game losing streak by beating the Toronto Blue Jays, 7-0. Bruce Chen allowed two hits through eight innings, and Jay Gibbons, Miguel Tejada and Eric Byrnes homered for the Orioles. [Page 6c]

Patriots' Eckel splits his time

Navy graduate Kyle Eckel finds himself in a balancing act as a Navy ensign and a rookie fullback with the New England Patriots. He has been temporarily assigned to a job in Newport, R.I., and is scheduled to report full time to a ship in Norfolk, Va., in January. At the same time, he is fighting for a job with the two-time defending Super Bowl champions. [Page 1c]

No escape for Palmeiro

Sports psychologists say earplugs might not block the distractions that could be responsible for the batting funk of the Orioles' Rafael Palmeiro. He wore earplugs Tuesday night in Toronto to muffle the jeers from Blue Jays fans, but went 0-for-4. [Page 1c]

BUSINESS

MedImmune shares move higher

Shares of MedImmune Inc. reached a 22-month high yesterday on news that the Gaithersburg biotech would soon regain U.S. control of its best-selling product by severing a partnership with pharmaceutical giant Abbott Laboratories.. [Page 1d]

Verizon sues 2 telemarketers

Verizon Wireless filed separate civil suits yesterday against two telemarketers who allegedly violated federal and state laws in making more than 1.4 million unsolicited calls to Verizon cellphone subscribers during July and August. [Page 1d]

TODAY

Longoria named sexiest on TV

Eva Longoria of ABC's Desperate Housewives is the sexiest female TV star of all time, says a poll conducted by British supermarket tabloid Sainsbury's. At No. 2 on the list is Jennifer Aniston of NBC's Friends, with Kim Cattrall of HBO's Sex and the City No. 3. [Page 2e]

CBGB's club loses lease

As the owner of the building that houses the venerable New York underground rock club CBGB's officially announced yesterday that its lease would not be renewed, its fans and the club's creator were vowing -- in very punk fashion -- not to leave without a fight. The club spawned such acts as the Ramones, Blondie and the Talking Heads. [Page 2e]

TODAY ONLINE

KATRINA

For comprehensive updated coverage on the hurricane devastation, including photo and multimedia galleries, go to www.baltimoresun.com/katrina

WHEN TO DISCLOSE

Sun columnist Eilene Ambrose answers readers' questions about when to disclose social security numbers, at www.baltimoresun.com/social

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"It would probably put us out of business."

George Strott, general manager of Michaels Pub in Columbia, on a proposal to ban smoking in all Howard County bars and restaurants. (Article, Page 1B)

MARKETS

DOW -- DOWN

-50.23

10,412.82

NASDAQ -- DOWN

-7.89

2,129.76

S&P -- DOWN

-3.87

1,208.41

SUNINDEX -- DOWN

-1.38

323.97

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