Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

September 18, 2005

NATIONAL

Business owners survey damage

New Orleans showed hints of life yesterday as business owners trickled back into the city to survey the damage to their properties and begin the cleanup. But most of the city remains without electricity and caked with gray filth from days under water. [Page 1a]

Crisis in medical care

The hurricane that wrecked the Gulf Coast has also caused a health care crisis for thousands of people. Medical records have been lost, and many sick evacuees are scrambling to find treatments for their ailments. [Page 1a]

WORLD

Iran claims nuclear rights

Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad told the United Nations yesterday that his country had an "inalienable right" to develop a nuclear energy program but said Iran had no intentions of seeking nuclear weapons. [Page 18a]

Car bomb kills 30 Iraqis

A car bomb killed at least 30 Iraqis and wounded 48 at a market east of Baghdad yesterday, with insurgents firing mortar rounds into the area after the initial blast. The last four days have seen an upsurge in violence that has left more than 250 people dead. [Page 18a]

MARYLAND

Harford wants a second chance

Officials in Harford County, which passed up an opportunity to buy 71 surplus Army apartment units on 17 acres in Edgewood for the bargain price of $1 this year, are asking the federal government for a second chance to acquire the property, which is set to be auctioned Wednesday. [Page 1b]

Questions follow campaigns

Officeholders who appear to be campaigning for new jobs have spurred criticism about whether taxpayer money for their salaries - as well as for the paychecks of staffers who may join them and for their police protection, vehicle miles and meals - is being properly spent. [Page 1b]

SPORTS

W.Va. runs over Maryland, 31-19

The University of Maryland football team managed only 50 rushing yards in a 31-19 loss to West Virginia at Byrd Stadium. Terps coach Ralph Friedgen said the defense was the worst he's seen in his five years as coach. [Page 1d]

Matos leads O's past Devil Rays

Luis Matos hit an RBI single in the eighth inning off former Oriole Joe Borowski to break a 1-1 tie and lead the Orioles to a 2-1 win over the Tampa Bay Devil Rays at Camden Yards. [Page 3d]

BUSINESS

Jobless, but putting in 40 hours

When General Motors Corp. closed its Baltimore assembly plant in May, it left hundreds of workers out of a job. But as part of GM's contract with the United Auto Workers, employees continue to collect their paychecks and benefits at least until 2007. The only catch: If they are not placed in another GM job, they must go to school, volunteer full time or sit in the job bank. [Page 1c]

ARTS & SOCIETY

Maryland through a gauzy lens

Two generations ago, the romanticized photographs of A. Aubrey Bodine created a misty, mythical portrait of the bay region. Those photos are getting a second life through the efforts of his daughter, Jennifer Bodine, in Bodine's Chesapeake Bay Country. [Page 1e]

HOME & FAMILY

Fashion-forward out of the shtetl

Hello Gorgeous!, an exhibit opening today at the Jewish Museum of Maryland, spotlights the ways Jewish immigrants defied and defined American standards of beauty. Even as it tackles anti-Semitism and spirituality, Hello Gorgeous! is a tribute to the moxie of stylish Jewish women. [Page 1n]

TRAVEL

Borders blur in Cyprus

Now that the Mediterranean island of Cyprus is part of the European Union, visitors can travel between the Greek south and Turkish north with few difficulties. With the U.N. and European Union urging reunification, planners are eager to start with Nicosia. [Page 1r]

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"That's the real estate deal of a lifetime. That's a small gold mine. How you pass up a $4 million piece of property for a buck is beyond me."

Councilman Dion F. Guthrie on Harford County's rejection of the chance to buy 17 acres in Edgewood for $1. (Article, Page 1B)

TODAY ONLINE

RAVENS PREVIEW

Sun Ravens reporter Jamison Hensley previews the Titans game at www.baltimoresun.com/hensleyvideo

GAS PRICES

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