Sun News Digest


September 02, 2005


New dangers for storm survivors

Hurricane survivors in New Orleans faced mounting danger yesterday as shelters turned violent, one hospital crew fell under sniper fire and emergency food and water supplies were sparse. [Page 1a]

Calif. Senate OKs gay marriage

The state Senate approved legislation yesterday that would legalize same-sex marriage in California, a vote that makes the chamber the first legislative body in the country to approve a gay marriage bill. [Page 4a]


Bin Laden aide releases video

In a new videotape, Osama bin Laden's top lieutenant threatened more attacks on the West, while one of the London subway bombers, in an apparent taped farewell, proclaimed himself a soldier of Islam. [Page 17a]

4 generals charged in killing

Lebanese officials filed preliminary charges against four Syria-backed generals who are believed to have been connected to the car-bombing assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri. [Page 19a]


Howard plans smoking ban

County Executive James N. Robey is preparing legislation that would ban smoking in Howard's restaurants and bars, following the example of Montgomery and Talbot counties and, supporters hope, strengthening momentum for a statewide ban. [Page 1b]

Gas prices to cut holiday travel

The surge in gasoline prices is expected to dampen local holiday travel this Labor Day weekend, as motorists curtail their traditional season-ending trips to seashores and resorts. [Page 2b]

Van Susteren to run for Senate

Lise Van Susteren, a psychiatrist and sister of Fox News television personality Greta Van Susteren, announced yesterday she will be a Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Paul S. Sarbanes. [Page 5b]


Musical telethon set tonight

The pop music industry is rallying to help victims of Hurricane Katrina. NBC has announced that Tim McGraw, a Louisiana native, will lead a musical telethon tonight beginning at 8. Other artists will follow suit Sept. 10 through a multicity concert. [Page 1c]

Casting call

Yesterday, the line for Baltimoreans seeking a spot as an extra on two films to be shot in the area stretched more than two blocks from the ESPN Zone, the casting site. The films are Music High, a Disney-Touchstone production about a Baltimore-based school of the arts, and The Good Shepherd, a Robert De Niro film that stars Matt Damon and Angelina Jolie. [Page 1c]


Md. home prices up 23%

Maryland home prices rose nearly 23 percent for the 12-month period that ended in June - a record not seen in at least three decades. The state ranked seventh in the nation in one-year appreciation. [Page 1e]

Gasoline price controls

Some consumers and lawmakers are calling for gasoline price controls after Hurricane Katrina's devastating impact on domestic oil and gasoline production sent prices soaring in many places. But economists overwhelmingly say that price caps hurt consumers more than they help. [Page 1e]


Orioles release Ponson

The Orioles placed pitcher Sidney Ponson on unconditional release waivers for the purpose of terminating his contract, ending a relationship that began in 1993. [Page 1f]

Orioles beat Blue Jays, 5-3

The Orioles defeated the Toronto Blue Jays, 5-3, enabling them to win their first series in two weeks. Jay Gibbons and B.J. Surhoff homered for the Orioles. [Page 5f]



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"I don't treat my dog like that. I buried my dog. You can do everything for other countries, but you can't do nothing for your own people."

Daniel Edwards, on seeing a body in a wheelchair covered with a blanket in New Orleans (Article, Page 1A)








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