Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

September 11, 2005

NATIONAL

U.S. still vulnerable, analysts say

Four years after the Sept. 11 attacks, security analysts and former members of the 9/11 Commission say the nation remains ill-prepared to deal with another catastrophic event, as the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina has tragically underscored. [Page 1a]

Planners envision a new city

With much of New Orleans still under water, planners and reconstruction specialists are considering the city's future as one of great potential. One city official calls the impending reconstruction "the greatest urban rebuilding project in our nation's history." [Page 17a]

WORLD

U.S., Iraqi troops target Tal Afar

Thousands of U.S. and Iraqi troops began an assault on the northern city of Tal Afar yesterday, searching house to house for weapons and insurgents. Iraqi officials said as many as 200 militants had been arrested in the area. [Page 26a]

Yahoo defends Chinese disclosure

The co-founder of Internet giant Yahoo said yesterday that the company had to pass documents to the Chinese government that led to the conviction of a local journalist because Yahoo must follow local laws. Reporter Shi Tao was sentenced to 10 years in prison. [Page 26a]

MARYLAND

Judges reject police work

As Baltimore police aggressively try to take guns off city streets - more than 1,400 this year - some cases aren't surviving in court because of what judges say are improper police searches, the inability to prove who was in possession of the recovered guns, and doubts about whether officers seized the weapons legally. [Page 1b]

Primary race turns rancorous

Jennifer P. Dougherty, Frederick's first female mayor, is trying to win a second term against a determined comeback bid by Ronald N. Young, a fellow Democrat and a former mayor. The race has been characterized by angry accusations that have turned a routine primary election into must-follow drama. [Page 1b]

BUSINESS

Under stress, airlines are resilient

Faced with spiking fuel prices exacerbated by Hurricane Katrina, airlines are expected to lose $8 billion to $10 billion this year, the second- or third-worst year in their history. But experts say the industry has shown a remarkable ability to bounce back. [Page 1c]

Games to ease kids' pain

A Hunt Valley-based computer game company is a partner in the latest attempt to use virtual-reality technology for medical problems. Breakaway Ltd. is working to ease the suffering of sick or injured children who have to undergo painful medical procedures. [Page 1c]

SPORTS

Agassi advances to Open final

Andre Agassi became the oldest Grand Slam finalist in 31 years after defeating Robby Ginepri, 6-4, 5-7, 6-3, 4-6, 6-3, to move on to today's U.S. Open final against top seed Roger Federer. On the women's side, Kim Clijsters won her first Grand Slam title, beating Mary Pierce, 6-3, 6-1.[Page 1d, 3d]

Clemson rallies past Maryland

Reggie Merriweather scored his second touchdown on a 38-yard run with 2:58 remaining, capping a furious fourth-quarter rally that carried No. 25 Clemson past Maryland, 28-24. Clemson trailed 24-14 before Charlie Whitehurst's second touchdown pass to Curtis Baham cut the deficit to three points with 7:35 remaining. [Page 1d]

R. Lopez leads O's past Mariners

Rodrigo Lopez allowed two runs over 7 1/3 innings and Melvin Mora had a home run and three RBIs as the Orioles defeated the Seattle Mariners, 5-3. [Page 10d]

ARTS & SOCIETY

TV for troubled times

With a bounty of shows on aliens, mysterious phenomena and psychic activity, TV's fall lineup reflects our anxiety-ridden times. The season's dominant theme is invasion and survival. [Page 1f]

HOME & FAMILY

The Kinderman still kicking

The Kinderman, John Taylor, has been getting kids to boogie since the days of disco. The former public school teacher's now pushing 70 and looking to expand with a studio in the Eubie Blake center. [Page 1n]

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"We call it `The Squeeze.' Eighty percent of the fish get squeezed into 20 percent of the water. ... It's a sign that the bay is dying."

Richie Gaines, president of the Chesapeake Guides Association, on the bay's dead zones (Article, Page 1B)

TODAY ONLINE

KATRINA COVERAGE

Listen to Sun reporter Doug Birch's audio reports on conditions and evacuation efforts in New Orleans at www.baltimoresun.com/katrina

RAVENS ANNIVERSARY

Check out a decade of Ravens football in Baltimore at www.baltimoresun.com/ravens10

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