Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

September 03, 2005

NATIONAL

Hurricane aftermath

The National Guard arrived in force in New Orleans, stepping up evacuations and bringing desperately needed food and water to thousands of hurricane survivors stranded in a besieged city that Mayor C. Ray Nagin said is "holding on by a thread." [Page 1a]

Roberts' confirmation hearing

A lawmaker who played a prominent role in the civil rights movement, a woman who sued the government to get handicapped access to courthouses and President Richard Nixon's former White House lawyer will testify at Supreme Court nominee John G. Roberts Jr.'s confirmation hearing, Democrats said yesterday. [Page 3a]

Bush aide reaches out to Muslims

Karen Hughes, one of President Bush's closest advisers, told a gathering of American Muslims yesterday that part of her new State Department job is to help amplify the voices of groups like theirs that are condemning terrorism and religious extremism. [Page 3a]

WORLD

Iran nuclear program

In a sternly worded report, the International Atomic Energy Agency says major questions remain about Iran's nuclear program, saying the country's openness with inspectors is "indispensable and overdue." [Page 17a]

Bomber's video shocks community

British Muslims responded with shock and horror to a recently surfaced videotape of one of the London bombers, and many fear the tape will reopen wounds within their community. [Page 20a]

MARYLAND

Man convicted in arson case

A federal jury convicted Patrick S. Walsh yesterday for helping set a blaze that engulfed a predominantly black community in Southern Maryland last year and raised the specter of racism as a motive behind one of the largest residential arsons in state history. [Page 1a]

Ehrlich's golf partners private

Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. has released records showing he played in 18 charity golf tournaments since 2003 but has declined to disclose his partners in those matches or the dates and partners for other private games. [Page 1b]

Trial dates set in sniper case

Trial dates for the two accused Washington-area snipers were set for May and October of next year at a hearing yesterday in Montgomery County Circuit Court. [Page 2b]

SPORTS

Sanders leads relief effort

Ravens cornerback Deion Sanders challenged his professional sports colleagues in the NFL, NBA, Major League Baseball and the NHL to donate $1,000 each to help with the relief effort after Hurricane Katrina. [Page 1c]

Maine propels O's to 7-3 victory

John Maine pitched five innings and held the host Boston Red Sox to two hits, and Alejandro Freire hit his first homer in the Orioles' 7-3 victory. The Orioles pushed their winning streak to three games. [Page 1c]

Hall of Fame rejects donation

The Baseball Hall of Fame rejected a proposed donation of Barry Bonds' 700th home run ball because it was purchased by Sportsbook.com, an online gambling operation. [Page 6c]

BUSINESS

Oil prices to have broad effect

Oil and natural gas are the base materials for chemicals and raw materials in more than 90 percent of consumer goods and packaging. Those fossil fuel-based raw materials have gotten more expensive and scarce since Hurricane Katrina hit, and ultimately those rising costs will drag down the economy, slow growth, potentially increase unemployment and send the federal deficit higher, economists say. [Page 10c]

Katrina's impact on construction

The construction industry is concerned about the lingering effects from the hurricane. Supplies could be disrupted because the port of New Orleans is a top destination for imports of cement and other building materials. Transportation costs will probably rise. And the already tight labor pool might relocate when the devastated Gulf Coast cities can finally be rebuilt. [Page 10c]

Unemployment at 4-year low

The nation's unemployment rate dipped to a four-year low of 4.9 percent in August as companies added 169,000 jobs, a sign that the labor market continued to gain traction before Hurricane Katrina struck. [Page 10c]

TODAY

Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel

The Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel begins with a toll - $12 one-way - that seems high for a 17-mile road but turns out to be a bargain for an afternoon's entertainment. The tunnel, which connects Cape Charles to Virginia Beach, is more than just a shortcut for travelers headed to Virginia's and Maryland's Eastern Shore. It's one "Kodak moment" after another. [Page 1d]

Lewis Museum screens new film

Actor Blair Underwood has spent his career refusing to kowtow to Hollywood stereotypes, which is why he's proud to be starring in G, a new film getting an invitation-only screening at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture Tuesday. [Page 1d]

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"The world asks how [the Americans] were able to take food and water so quickly to remote Indonesia and cannot save New Orleans."

From an editorial in the Rio de Janeiro newspaper Jornal do Brasil (Article, Page 9A)

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