Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

September 10, 2005

NATIONAL

Brown off relief effort

Federal Emergency Management Agency Director Michael Brown was removed as head of the Hurricane Katrina relief effort yesterday after days of criticism over the federal government's slow response to the disaster. [Page 1a]

Charity comes with strings

As donations roll in to help hurricane victims, charity organizations say more Americans are attaching strings to their contributions or specifically designating their donations in an effort to ensure their money is not squandered. [Page 1a]

Suspect's detention upheld

Reversing a lower judge's order, a federal appeals court ruled yesterday that the government can continue to hold an American accused of plotting to detonate a radioactive bomb. [Page 1a]

Probe of loan abuse pledged

Sen. Olympia J. Snowe of Maine said yesterday that Congress would investigate allegations of "flagrant abuse" of a federal loan program designed to help businesses after the Sept. 11 attacks. [Page 3a]

WORLD

Opposition in Ukraine

Yulia Tymoshenko, Ukraine's charismatic former prime minister who came to symbolize the its Orange Revolution, said yesrterday that she plans to join the opposition to President Viktor Yushchenko, a day after Yushchenko fired her and accepted the resignation of his Cabinet. [Page 12a]

Iraqi airport closes

Baghdad International Airport -- Iraq's only reliable link to the outside world -- shut down yesterday amid a pay dispute between the Iraqi government and the private British security firm that guards the airport. [Page 12a]

MARYLAND

Liquor board gets tough

With Baltimore's inspection of bars under increasing scrutiny, the city's liquor board is requiring all inspectors to work an 8-hour day -- and to file reports on all bars they visit. [Page 1a]

Ehrlich, oil executives meet

Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. says it's "intolerable" that Maryland's gasoline prices are among the highest in the nation, but after huddling with oil industry executives still has no answers for the steep prices, or a plan for lowering them. [Page 1b]

New Orleans students here

More than 80 students expecting to attend college in New Orleans begin classes instead at Baltimore's Loyola College, which offers tuition-free transfers to those deprived of higher education by Hurricane Katrina. [Page 1b]

SPORTS

Clijsters, Pierce in Open final

Mary Pierce defeated Elena Dementieva to advance to the U.S. Open women's final, where she will meet Kim Clijsters, who eliminated No. 1 Maria Sharapova. [Page 2c]

Nats rally past Braves

Jose Guillen broke a tie with a two-run double in the eighth inning for his 1,000th career hit, capping the Washington Nationals' comeback for an 8-6 victory over the National League East-leading Atlanta Braves. [Page 5c]

Terps top Santa Clara in soccer

Terps forward Jason Garey scored early and the No. 14-ranked Maryland men's soccer team tacked on two more first-half goals to run away from No. 4 Santa Clara, 3-1. [Page 10c]

BUSINESS

IRS raises mileage rate

In response to the sharp increase in gas prices, the Internal Revenue Service yesterday announced it was raising the standard mileage reimbursement rate by 8 cents to 48.5 cents per mile, the single largest increase ever. The new rate will be retroactive, applying to business travel from Sept. 1 through the end of this year. [Page 4a]

Katrina's insurance impact

Hurricane Katrina caused at least $125 billion in economic damage and could cost the insurance industry up to $60 billion in claims, a leading risk assessment firm said yesterday. If those numbers hold, Katrina's insured losses would exceed those of Hurricane Andrew in 1992; the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks, and the 1994 Northridge, Calif., earthquake combined. [Page 12c]

TODAY

Marking Sept. 11

As in the past, Sept. 11 will bring communities together in memorial services, vigils, tree plantings and dedication ceremonies for the victims and their families. But divergent viewpoints about the war in Iraq also will color this year's events. Some will use the day to also protest the war in Iraq, while others will engage it to salute the troops of Operation Iraqi Freedom. [Page 1d]

Levi's goes for better fit

Afraid that customers fretting over the right fit might pass it by, Levi's Jeans has installed a machine its says takes the guesswork out of the process. The Intellifit system is at White Marsh Mall until 6 p.m. today as part of a 12-city introductory tour. [Page 1d]

Primetime lineup in Spanish

Hispanics are the fastest-growing minority in the United States and represent one-seventh of the population, according to a recent Census Bureau report. In response, ABC has announced that it will be the first of the major English-language broadcasters to provide its full primetime entertainment lineup in Spanish. [Page 2d]

TODAY ONLINE

To find out how you can help survivors of Hurricane Katrina, go to www.baltimoresun.com/katrinahelp

FIND A MOVIE

Search movie listings, get showtimes and find theaters, plus read archived reviews from Sun film critic Michael Sragow, at www.baltimoresun.com/movies

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"It's an intolerable situation in our state. ... and I have not heard a satisfactory explanation for it."

Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr., on gasoline prices in Maryland (Article, Page 1B)

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