NATIONAL Roberts hearings to begin today Judge John G...

September 12, 2005

NATIONAL

Roberts hearings to begin today

Judge John G. Roberts Jr. will take the first formal step toward his expected confirmation as the next chief justice of the United States when he goes before the Senate Judiciary Committee at noon today. [Page 1a]

Cities rethink evacuation plans

The failure to evacuate New Orleans' most vulnerable residents before Hurricane Katrina struck is causing city leaders nationwide to rethink plans for the movement of people unable to escape a catastrophe on their own. [Page 6a]

WORLD

Israeli forces leaving Gaza

Israeli army forces began leaving the Gaza Strip early today after a 38-year occupation. Tanks and armored vehicles headed back to Israel as groups of jubilant Palestinians took to the streets to celebrate. [Page 8a]

Iran to continue nuclear work

Iran said yesterday that it would not stop uranium conversion and warned of consequences if it was referred to the U.N. Security Council for possible sanctions over its nuclear program. [Page 8a]

MARYLAND

Report sees rental crisis in city

Baltimore's low-end private rental housing market is in a "precarious state," with monthly rents too low to allow landlords to make needed repairs to their properties but too high for many tenants to afford, according to a study being released today. [Page 1b]

Hazmat-ban hearing canceled

A proposal that would prohibit shipping hazardous materials through Baltimore was removed from the City Council's calendar days before this week's scheduled hearing, a move that prompted an outcry from supporters. [Page 1b]

TODAY

Katrina roils Big Easy culture

New Orleans' culture is so distinct, and so influential, that a hurricane and flooding can't erase it. It washed over the rest of America long before its evacuees began doing so. The fate of its cultural institutions, though, is another matter. [Page 1c]

Silo Point minus silos?

What would Silo Point be without its silos? That's the question under investigation by local architects planning to convert a grain elevator complex in Locust Point to a 218-unit condominium development called Silo Point. [Page 1c]

SPORTS

O's beat Hernandez, Mariners

The Orioles roughed up 19-year-old rookie Felix Hernandez to defeat the Seattle Mariners, 9-7. Hernandez, who hadn't given up more than three earned runs in his six major-league career starts, gave up five runs in the second inning. [Page 1d]

Federer wins U.S. Open

Roger Federer defeated Andre Agassi to capture a second straight U.S. Open and sixth Grand Slam title. Federer reeled off seven straight points in the tiebreaker that turned around the match, then blew Agassi away in the fourth set to win, 6-3, 2-6, 7-6 (1), 6-1. [Page 1d]

GAMEDAY

Colts frustrate Ravens, 24-7

The 2005 season began on a frustrating note for the Ravens, who lost their opener to the Indianapolis Colts, 24-7, before a record crowd of 70,501 at M&T Bank Stadium. Matt Stover missed three field goals, cornerback Chris McAlister dropped a sure interception that could have gone for a touchdown, and the offense squandered several trips into Colts territory. [Page 1e]

Redskins top Bears, 9-7

The Washington Redskins defeated the Chicago Bears, 9-7, at FedEx Field. Washington drove inside the Bears' 40-yard line five times, but produced just three John Hall field goals, a punt and a lost fumble. It was the first time the team had not scored a touchdown in a season opener since losing to the San Diego Chargers in 2001. [Page 9e]

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QUOTE OF THE DAY

"I expect to be at Mardi Gras. You can believe New Orleans will celebrate its 150th Mardi Gras."

Bartender Chris McMillian of the Library Bar in the New Orleans Ritz-Carlton (Article, Page 1C)

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