Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

September 05, 2005

NATIONAL

Rescue teams scour New Orleans

Rescue teams searched house to house yesterday for those still living in New Orleans, as the U.S. Health and Human Services secretary estimated that Hurricane Katrina and the flood that followed killed thousands. Violence claimed additional victims when the city police shot and killed five or six people who opened fire on contractors working for the Army Corps of Engineers to repair the main levee breach that flooded much of the city. [Page 1a]

Bush to nominate justice soon

President Bush said yesterday he would move promptly to name a successor to Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist. Rehnquist's death late Saturday gave Bush a rare opportunity to put his conservative stamp on the Supreme Court by filling two vacancies simultaneously. [Page 1a]

WORLD

Hussein trial to begin Oct. 19

The trial of former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein will start Oct. 19, just days after the country votes on a new constitution, a government spokesman said yesterday. Hussein and several top aides, including his half-brother and former intelligence chief, Barzan Tikriti, and former vice president Taha Yasin Ramadan, are accused of massacring 143 people in a town in northeastern Iraq in 1982. [Page 14a]

Safety concerns in Afghanistan

The United Nations has encouraged some nonessential staff to leave Afghanistan amid security concerns ahead of Sept. 18 elections, and the government warned aid workers yesterday that they are likely targets after a string of assaults on foreigners. [Page 14a]

MARYLAND

Drug treatment centers feel strain

As consensus builds that substance abuse treatment is a key to attacking Baltimore's scourge of drugs and violence, the city's funding for drug treatment, which comes mostly from Annapolis, dropped by more than 10 percent over the past two years, according to the Center for Substance Abuse Research at the University of Maryland. The number of addicts being served by programs in the city also dropped. [Page 1b]

Owens considers her options

As she enters her final 15 months as Anne Arundel County executive, Janet S. Owens is weighing her political options. She has ruled out a race for the U.S. Senate but is considering other possibilities, including running for the House in the 3rd District. [Page 1b]

TODAY

End of summer on the Mall

The National Mall, 143 acres of mostly grass and gravel anchored on one end by the U.S. Capitol, on the other by the Lincoln Memorial, has been called "the nation's front yard." It's a place alive with the rhythmic folding and unfolding of seasons, a fact easily seen as summer nears its end. [Page 1c]

`Speak' airs tonight on cable

Made for 1 percent of the cost of HBO's $100 million Rome epic, a little movie televised simultaneously on Showtime and Lifetime at 9 tonight demonstrates that art trumps money every time. It is Speak, adapted from Laurie Halse Anderson's popular young people's novel. [Page 1c]

SPORTS

V. Williams tops sister at Open

Venus Williams beat her younger sister, Serena, 7-6 (5), 6-2, in their 14th professional meeting to advance to the quarterfinals at the U.S. Open. The match lasted just 1 hour, 28 minutes. [Page 1d]

Red Sox shut down O's, 5-1

David Wells pitched a complete game and John Olerud hit a three-run home run to lead the Boston Red Sox's 5-1 win over the visiting Orioles. Rodrigo Lopez took the loss despite retiring the first 11 Red Sox batters. [Page 1d]

Floyd, Phillies fall to Nats, 6-1

Former Mount St. Joseph pitcher Gavin Floyd gave up three runs on six hits in six innings for the Philadelphia Phillies in a 6-1 loss to the host Washington Nationals. He struck out six, hit two batters and walked one. [Page 5d]

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"Anytime you change a justice at all you change the court because of the interaction among them. But having the opportunity to change two justices is extraordinary." Pamela S. Karlan, Stanford University law professor (Article, Page 4A)

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