Sun News Digest


September 16, 2005


Bush asks huge rebuilding effort

President Bush called last night for a large, federally financed rebuilding effort that would leave the devastated cities and towns of the Gulf Coast better and stronger than they were before Hurricane Katrina struck. Bush offered no price tag for the redevelopment project in a speech that included his strongest criticism yet of the federal government's response to the storm. [Page 1a]

Ophelia lurks near Outer Banks

Hurricane Ophelia, North Carolina's least welcome guest, refused again to leave yesterday, lashing the Outer Banks with rain and wind as coastal residents elsewhere returned to damaged homes and businesses. [Page 3a]

FOR THE RECORD - An article about the Bacon Brothers Band in the Today section yesterday stated the wrong date for the band's appearance at the Rams Head Tavern in Annapolis. The band appears there tomorrow, with shows at 5:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.
The Sun regrets the error.

U.S. stockpiling avian flu vaccine

The federal government is buying $100 million of avian flu vaccine in the first step toward building a stockpile that would protect 20 million Americans from an outbreak of the virus. [Page 5a]


Ministers from Israel, Qatar meet

Israel's withdrawal from Gaza prompted praise from Qatar and a meeting between the two country's foreign ministers at the United Nations. The meeting was considered by many a first step in efforts to arrange a summit between Israel and the Arab emirate. [Page 12a]

At least 31 killed in Iraq attacks

In a second day of violence in Baghdad, suicide bombers killed at least 23 people in three attacks, while 8 people were killed in attacks elsewhere in the country. A day earlier, at least 167 people were killed in a series of bombing attacks. [Page 12a]


State dairy farms disappearing

Milking cows was Maryland's top agriculture industry in the 1930s, but dairy farmers are now a vanishing breed across the state. Maryland has gone from about 4,000 dairy farms in 1970 to 643 today, due largely to the crush of development. [Page 1a]

Hard decisions on city schools

The financially strapped Baltimore school system has two problems: dwindling enrollment and old school buildings that are too large and costly to maintain. Over the next seven months, officials will take a hard look at which schools to close, which schools to renovate and where to build new schools over the next decade. [Page 1a]

Block bars target of crackdown

A special team of liquor inspectors has been formed to crack down on strip bars on The Block, Baltimore's adult entertainment center. The team will be headed by an inspector who was named in a complaint filed by a bar owner on The Block who alleges that the inspector harassed him. [Page 1b]

Amtrak postpones fare increases

After hearing protests from Capitol Hill, Amtrak said it was indefinitely postponing a plan to impose steep fare increases next week on its most frequent riders. [Page 1b]


`Lord of War' opens

Lord of War, a new movie starring Nicholas Cage as an international weapons trafficker, is close to a must-see, if not a must-love. [Page 1c]

Kevin Bacon brings band to city

Actor Kevin Bacon returns to Maryland this weekend. He won't be acting but singing with his older brother Michael, as they bring the Bacon Brothers band to Rams Head Live! in Baltimore tonight. [Page 1c)

Zellweger, Chesney to split

Actress Renee Zellweger and country music star Kenny Chesney will have their four-month-old marriage annulled. The breakup brings to an end a whirlwind romance that began shortly before their wedding in May. [Page 2c]


Jobless claims up after Katrina

Hurricane Katrina triggered the biggest one-week surge in jobless claims in nearly a decade and analysts warn that's likely just the beginning of the bad economic news as the nation starts paying for the most expensive natural disaster in U.S. history. [Page 1e]

Prescription coverage changes

Small employers in Maryland might not be required to offer prescription coverage as part of their health insurance next year under cost-cutting options presented yesterday to the Maryland Health Care Commission. [Page 1e]

Constellation in nuclear venture

Constellation Energy Group announced a joint venture with a French nuclear reactor builder to design, develop and market new nuclear plants, launching a new phase in the Baltimore-based power provider's efforts to lead a resurgence in nuclear power in the United States. [Page 1e]


Billick clarifies QB comments

Kyle Boller will regain his starting quarterback job from Anthony Wright if he recovers from a toe injury during the next few weeks, coach Brian Billick said. A day after deflecting questions about whether Boller would return as the starter, Billick opened his media session by repeatedly stressing that the organization has not lost faith in the embattled three-year starter. [Page 1f]

Nationals finish sweep of Mets

Vinny Castilla drove in the go-ahead run with two outs in the 10th inning , helping the visiting Washington Nationals beat the New York Mets, 6-5, to complete a three-game sweep and remain on the fringes of the National League wild-card race. [Page 3f]



Read the full transcript of President Bush's address from New Orleans at


Read comprehensive coverage of recent bankruptcy filings and the industry's struggle with high fuel costs at


"There is no way to imagine America without New Orleans, and this great city will rise again."

President Bush, outlining his Hurricane Katrina relief program in a nationally televised address (Article, Page 1A)








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