Sun News Digest


September 09, 2005


Congress increases Katrina aidCongress raised hurricane recovery spending to $60 billion yesterday, and for those resisting evacuation orders in flooded New Orleans, the time for a voluntary departure seemed to be nearing an end in favor of force. [Page 1a]

Brain is still evolving, study says

New research suggests that the human brain is still evolving, a process that might ultimately increase people's capacity to grow smarter, University of Chicago researchers reported in today's issue of the journal Science. [Page 3a]

PAC linked to DeLay is indicted

A Texas grand jury indicted a political action committee linked to House Majority Leader Tom DeLay yesterday, alleging that it accepted illegal campaign contributions during the 2002 election that led to a historic realignment of the Texas Legislature. [Page 3a]


Ukraine leader dismisses Cabinet

Less than a year after he was swept to power in a peaceful revolution, Ukraine President Viktor A. Yushchenko dismissed his Cabinet amid infighting and allegations of corruption. [Page 11a]

U.S., Iraqis arrest 200 in sweep

U.S. and Iraqi forces swept into Tal Afar near the Syrian border yesterday and arrested 200 suspected militants - three-fourths of them foreign fighters, authorities said. [Page 11a]


House works on no-slots plan

Leaders in the House of Delegates are working on a plan to subsidize horse racing in Maryland without legalizing slot machines. The company that owns the Pimlico and Laurel tracks unveiled a proposal this week to boost profits without expanded gambling - by slashing the number of racing days. [Page 1a]

3 Edison schools make progress

Three Baltimore elementary schools run by the for-profit Edison company are making progress, but it's costing more to run them than other city schools that have seen bigger jumps in test scores, according to a new Abell Foundation report. [Page 1a]

School-construction costs on rise

With higher prices for steel, petroleum-based materials, fuel and labor - even before Hurricane Katrina - school construction costs have soared 20 percent or more, forcing Maryland school systems to delay, trim and retrench on plans as they begin their annual quest for more funding. [Page 1b]


`The Man' not much of a comedy

Samuel L. Jackson and Eugene Levy generate a few sparks as an odd couple - a tough cop and a loopy salesman taken for a weapons dealer. But calling The Man a top comedy would be a case of mistaken identity. [Page 1c]

Celebrities raise money, eyebrows

In the aftermath of a disaster, we've come to count on celebrities to raise money for the recovery, as big-name efforts in New Orleans have shown. We also can count on a few of them to raise eyebrows. [Page 1c]

Senator to show 12 short films

A world of short films makes a stop at the Senator Theatre as part of the annual Manhattan Short Film Festival. Twelve films were chosen for the traveling festival, which premieres Thursday at the Senator before traveling to 13 other states. [Page 3c]


Realtor group's policy challenged

The Justice Department challenged a national real estate group's new policy permitting brokers to limit display of home-sale listings on the Internet. The battle, and popularity of Web-based comparison shopping for broker services, reflects the Net's transformation of the way consumers shop. [Page 1a]

Filing of Katrina claims begins

Residents along the Gulf Coast and their insurers have begun filing insurance claims after Hurricane Katrina - the latest event delivering lessons to consumers on protecting themselves in catastrophes. A key issue will be to determine if damage was caused by Katrina or by flooding afterward. [Page 1e]

Port names a crane for Snoops

The port of Baltimore has named one of its cranes that lift big metal containers on and off ships for the late Hilda Mae Snoops, longtime companion of William Donald Schaefer, state comptroller and former governor. While many ports in the nation assign numbers to cranes, Baltimore names them for people. Five are named, all for women. [Page 1e]


Horsemen work on response

While many of Maryland's horsemen are fearful of their future in the state after Magna Entertainment Corp. announced plans to cut the number of racing days in the state and close Bowie Training Center, the leaders of the Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association and the Maryland Horse Breeders Association are working on plans of resistance. [Page 1f]

Grievance filed on Ponson's behalf

The Major League Baseball Players Association formally filed a grievance against the Orioles and baseball on behalf of waived pitcher Sidney Ponson, levying charges of collusion and improperly obtaining information from the club's medical staff. [Page 1f]

J. Lewis, Taylor to share load

Ravens coach Brian Billick said starting running back Jamal Lewis and backup Chester Taylor will split time throughout Sunday night's season opener against the Indianapolis Colts, estimating that their carries could be "fairly equitable." [Page 1f]



Fewer races have been proposed for Maryland horse racing. See recent and archived coverage of Maryland tracks. horseracing/


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"Disasters are loved by the media, and they're loved by the celebrities, because it's very safe and it makes them look like such good people."

Elayne Rapping, a professor of American Studies, University at Buffalo The State University of New York (Article, Page 1C)



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