Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

September 06, 2005

NATIONAL

Bush visits Gulf Coast

In flood-ravaged southeastern Louisiana, search and rescue operations and repair work intensified as President Bush paid his second visit to the state and some evacuees in suburbs of New Orleans were briefly allowed to return to their homes. [Page 1a]

Courting conservatives

The nomination of Judge John G. Roberts Jr. to be chief justice of the United States has opened a new chapter in President Bush's drive to reshape the judiciary with conservatives whose decisions could have sweeping consequences on everything from abortion rights to the limits of government power. [Page 1a]

Women wage custody battle

A custody fight in Vermont, the first state to legally recognize same-sex relationships, may end up in the Supreme Court because it involves a child born to a lesbian couple. The women dissolved their civil union. [Page 3a]

WORLD

Egyptians go to polls today

Unchallenged during 24 years in power, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak faces nine other candidates in an election today. In an attempt to stay in office, he sought to recast his image from that of an unapproachable modern pharaoh to a warmer politician who hugs peasants. [Page 1a]

Chernobyl's effects limited

Nearly two decades after the Chernobyl nuclear disaster spread radioactive fallout across much of Europe, a United Nations study has concluded that the health effects have been far less extensive than feared. [Page 12a]

13 suspected Taliban killed

U.S. and Afghan forces killed 13 suspected Taliban fighters and captured dozens more in a remote area where a political candidate was kidnapped and executed last week, a provincial governor said yesterday. [Page 13a]

MARYLAND

Juvenile center under probe

Investigators from the U.S. Department of Justice's civil rights division are to begin today to look into allegations that educational and other programs at the state-run Baltimore City Juvenile Justice Center are lacking and that some youths have been improperly held in seclusion for lengthy periods. [Page 1b]

O'Malley, Duncan agree

Baltimore Mayor Martin O'Malley and Montgomery County Executive Douglas M. Duncan, the two leading Democratic candidates for governor, put aside differences during Labor Day to urge the General Assembly to override vetoed legislation raising wages and requiring that large companies provide health care benefits. [Page 1b]

New focus on gangs in Md.

After 19 suspected members of the Hispanic gang MS-13 were indicted and arrested on federal racketeering charges, Justice Department officials have approved funding of a new federal prosecutor to handle gang-related prosecutions in Maryland. [Page 1b]

SPORTS

Palmeiro to rehab in Texas

Rafael Palmeiro, who was suspended 10 days because of a failed steroid test, will leave the Orioles and return to his Texas home to rehabilitate his ailing right ankle and knee. Meanwhile, the Orioles lost to the Toronto Blue Jays, 6-2. [Pages 1c, 8c]

Blake, Agassi advance

James Blake and Andre Agassi advanced to the quarterfinals of the U.S. Open by beating Tommy Robredo and Xavier Malisse, respectively. [Page 1c]

Florida State edges Miami, 10-7

Florida State ended a six-game losing streak to in-state rival Miami with a 10-7 victory before a record crowd of 84,347 in Doak Campbell Stadium in Tallahassee. The victory gave 14th-ranked Florida State (1-0) an early edge in the Atlantic Coast Conference over ninth-ranked Miami (0-1).[Page 1c]

BUSINESS

Not your father's finance show

Mad Money With Jim Cramer, the former hedge fund manager's high-octane, hourlong take on the world of stocks, has transformed the 6 p.m. time slot on CNBC from one of the lowest-rated into one of its highest. [Page 11c]

Refineries recover slowly

As half of the Gulf of Mexico refineries disabled by Hurricane Katrina expect to increase production this week, industry experts have this message: Be patient. Motiva Enterprises LLC, Marathon Oil Corp. and Valero Energy Corp. said that they hope to restart -- and in some cases make fully operational -- four refineries. [Page 11c]

TODAY

This could be the last time

The Rolling Stones' announcement that the band is returning to Baltimore for the first time since 1969 has memories -- and a bootleg tape -- of their first appearance resurfacing. Meanwhile, pop music critic Rashod Ollison says the Stones' new CD, A Bigger Bang, stands with any of the group's great albums. [Page 1d]

Abundant classical music

Judging by the number of performances scheduled around the Baltimore area, classical music is alive. The new season hasn't yet shifted into high gear and already there's an abundance of events planned, including several this weekend. [Page 1d]

TODAY ONLINE

WEATHER WATCH

Check on local forecasts and then check out Frank Roylance's weather blog at www.marylandweather.com

GOLF GUIDE

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QUOTE OF THE DAY

"We've got a lot of work to do, and that's why I'm here, to tell people we'll get it done."

President Bush, visiting a shelter in Baton Rouge, La., yesterday (Article, Page 1A)

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