Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

September 08, 2005

NATIONAL

Floodwaters called toxic

The Environmental Protection Agency confirmed that standing floodwaters are too toxic to touch, and New Orleans city officials worried about outbreaks of disease from bacteria and mosquitoes said they were prepared to use force to remove the last holdouts among hurricane survivors. [Page 1a]

Rehnquist laid to rest

Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist was remembered by President Bush yesterday as a good and gracious man who "earned a place among our greatest chief justices," while his children recalled a father who always saved time for family and fun. [Page 3a]

Calif. same-sex bill faces veto

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger announced that he will veto a bill that would have made California the first state to legalize same-sex marriage through legislative action. [Page 14a]

WORLD

U.S. hostage freed in Iraq

U.S. forces freed an American contractor who had been held captive in Iraq for 10 months, while four American security workers and at least 13 Iraqis were killed in separate attacks in the southern city of Basra. [Page 17a]

Report critical of U.N. leaders

A year-long investigation of the U.N. oil-for-food program issued a strong indictment of the United Nations and its top leadership, concluding they tolerated corruption and allowed Saddam Hussein's government to pocket $10.2 billion. [Page 18a]

Chirac remains hospitalized

Hospitalized French President Jacques Chirac missed a weekly Cabinet meeting yesterday for the first time since he took office in 1995. Chirac has been hospitalized for five days with what doctors are vaguely referring to as a "small vascular accident" that is affecting his vision. [Page 19a]

MARYLAND

Pimlico cuts announced

The Canadian owner of Baltimore's Pimlico Race Course said that it would operate the track for just 18 days next year as a way to cut costs and boost purse money, but some politicians fear the move could be a prelude to closing the facility and pulling the Preakness Stakes out of Maryland. [Page 1a]

City plans special-ed spending

The Baltimore school system is making plans to spend up to $10 million to give special-education students nearly 90,000 hours of makeup services they should have received last school year and over the summer. [Page 1b]

Board to discuss Smith successor

Anne Arundel County school board members plan to meet this week to determine who will manage the schools after Superintendent Eric J. Smith leaves in November. Smith announced his resignation Tuesday. [Page 1b]

Unregistered sex offenders found

The Maryland State Police said it has located dozens of criminals who moved to the state without reporting to authorities in charge of its sex offender registry, which is also riddled with errors and missing information on those already included. [Page 1b]

TODAY

Embarking on a dream

A black student at a college where African-Americans make up just 7 percent of the undergraduate student body, Johns Hopkins University freshman Tierra Strange, from West Baltimore, begins fulfilling her dream of becoming a doctor on a full scholarship as part of Hopkins' inaugural Baltimore Scholars program. [Page 1c]

Lewinsky to pursue master's

Former White House intern Monica Lewinsky has been accepted for a one-year master's degree course at the London School of Economics and Political Science, working on a degree in social psychology, a school spokeswoman said. [Page 2c]

BUSINESS

Domino Sugar workers missing

Domino Sugar is frantically trying to find out what happened to many of the 332 people who until last week worked at its refinery in Chalmette, La., southeast of New Orleans. As many as 87 employees have not been accounted for since Hurricane Katrina slammed into the Gulf Coast. [Page 1d]

McCormick shares down 12%

A day after McCormick & Co. Inc. lowered its earnings forecast for the third quarter and fiscal year, shares of the Sparks-based spice maker fell nearly 12 percent. McCormick has been hurt by competition from smaller spice companies and the Gulf Coast storm that is expected to affect sales of its New Orleans-based Zatarains brand. [Page 1d]

SPORTS

Blue Jays defeat O's, 7-4

The Toronto Blue Jays score four runs in the seventh to defeat the Orioles, 7-4, at Camden Yards. The loss was the Orioles' 14th in 19 games. [Page 1e]

Ginepri, Agassi gain semifinals

Robby Ginepri reached his first tennis Grand Slam semifinal by beating Guillermo Coria, 4-6, 6-1, 7-5, 3-6, 7-5, at the U.S. Open. His win guaranteed that an American will play in the final. His opponent in the semifinals will be Andre Agassi, who beat James Blake, 3-6, 3-6, 6-3, 6-3, 7-6 (8-6). [Page 1e]

Morse suspended for steroid use

Seattle Mariners rookie Mike Morse was suspended 10 days for violating baseball's steroids policy. Morse became the ninth major league player penalized under the sport's tougher drug rules. [Page 3e]

TODAY ONLINE

KATRINA

For the latest coverage of Hurricane Katrina's aftermath, including photo and multimedia galleries, go to www.baltimoresun.com/katrina

FANTASY LEAGUE

Keep up with who's hot in the fantasy leagues with Dave Alexander at www.baltimoresun.com/fantasy

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"In the name of 7 million unemployed people, down with Mubarak!"

Egyptian protesters, as voters went to the polls in the country's first contested presidential election. (Article, Page 18a)

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