Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

September 17, 2005

NATIONAL

FDA monitors heart devices

A federal study released yesterday has found that certain heart devices are malfunctioning at a significant rate. The authors of the Food and Drug Administration study said that better government monitoring of the performance of the implanted defibrillators is needed. [Page 1a]

The price of rebuilding the Gulf

The federal government can cut unnecessary spending to rebuild the storm-devastated Gulf Coast, President Bush said yesterday, adding that he would oppose any tax increase. He also outlined an extensive reconstruction program that could cost more than $200 billion. [Page 6a]

NASA aims for the moon by 2018

NASA hopes to return astronauts to the moon by 2018, nearly a half-century after men last walked the lunar surface, by using the space shuttle and Apollo rocket parts. [Page 3a]

WORLD

Death toll rises in Iraq

Another day of bombings left at least 20 people dead in Iraq yesterday. Yesterday's attacks pushed the three-day death toll above 200. [Page 9a]

China offers nuke compromise

China proposed a compromise to the North Korean nuclear standoff yesterday but received mixed signals from Washington and Pyongyang on whether the solution would be accepted. [Page 12a]

MARYLAND

Harbor Court Hotel may be sold

The Harbor Court Hotel, a symbol of luxury and an Inner Harbor landmark for two decades, could be sold within the next 30 days. However, the head of the Los Angeles-based development company controlled by David Murdock would not divulge the name of the buyer. [Page 1b]

Thanks, Md. for relief efforts

Events in Annapolis and Baltimore were staged to honor the victims of Hurricane Katrina and to thank Marylanders for reaching out to help. According to the governor's office, the Maryland National Guard has flown 19 relief flights to the Gulf Coast states affected by Katrina. [Page 1b]

SPORTS

Devil Rays shut down O's, 6-1

The Tampa Bay Devil Rays touched Rodrigo Lopez and reliever Aaron Rakers for three home runs, two by Jorge Cantu, to beat the Orioles, 6-1, and get their first win at Camden Yards in seven tries this year. [Page 1c]

Bonds hits homer in fourth start

Barry Bonds hit career home run No. 704 in his fourth start of the year for the San Francisco Giants. He homered in his 11th at-bat of 2005 after missing most of the year recovering from three operations on his right knee. [Page 5c]

BUSINESS

Unfriendly airline competition

When U.S. Airways yesterday won approval to exit bankruptcy and join America West to form a new discount giant, it marked the latest attempt by two airlines to fortify themselves through a merger. But after a week in which two of the largest carriers used the entrance door to bankruptcy court, many industry observers believe aviation needs to let some weaker airlines disappear. [Page 1a]

Unemployment rate is up in Md.

Unemployment in Maryland ticked up last month as the state lost 9,200 jobs, the U.S. Labor Department said yesterday. The department added that it does not believe the number reflects a reduction in year-round work. The jobless rate rose to 4.4 percent last month from 4.3 percent in July, adjusted for seasonal variations. [Page 11c]

TODAY

Author to discuss art theft

Interpol estimates that between $4 billion and $6 billion changes hands each year via stolen art, with few works ever recovered. Author Edward Dolnick, whose The Rescue Artist follows one famed recovery, will discuss art theft tomorrow afternoon at the Walters Art Museum. [Page 1d]

Honoring a living legend

Baltimore native Monroe Frederick, a photographic stringer for Jet and Ebony magazines who for 25 years covered everything from Black Panther militants to Duke Ellington's funeral, is to be honored tomorrow as a Black Living Legend by Juneteenth Museum. [Page 1d]

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"Real leadership requires one to roll up their sleeves and do hard work rather than strumming a guitar and swilling beer." Audra Miller, state GOP spokeswoman on Mayor Martin O'Malley fronting his own band (Article, Page 1A)

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