Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

September 22, 2005

NATIONAL

Texas, La. brace for Rita

More than a million people on the Texas and Louisiana coastline were ordered yesterday to head for shelter from the fury of Hurricane Rita, roaring toward land with 165 mph winds and muscling up to a Category 5. Traffic was gridlocked all over Houston, where residents of low-lying neighborhoods were told to evacuate as the storm whipped up strength quickly over the Gulf of Mexico. pg 1a

WORLD

Iraqis protest British in Basra

Hundreds of Iraqis protested in Basra yesterday, denouncing "British aggression" in the rescue of two British soldiers Monday. The governor of Basra threatened to end cooperation with British forces unless he received an official apology. Britain defended the raid. pg 14a

N. Korea issues warning to U.S.

Despite reaching a disarmament agreement on Monday, North Korea accused the United States yesterday of planning a nuclear attack and warned that it could retaliate. pg 16a

MARYLAND

Steele calls for justice

A day after Democrats acknowledged that staffers had obtained Lt. Gov. Michael S. Steele's credit report, Steele called for those responsible to be "prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law." pg 1a

Lockheed needs cleanup

Aerospace giant Lockheed Martin Corp. has found toxic chemicals, including PCBs, solvents and metals, in the soil and groundwater of the company's sprawling Middle River property, including an undeveloped parcel envisioned as the keystone to Baltimore County's waterfront renaissance. pg 1b

TODAY

Success and the city

Candace Bushnell's new novel, Lipstick Jungle, which she'll promote at this weekend's Baltimore Book Festival, is about sharp-elbowed career gals in their mid-40s who are more concerned with self-fulfillment than self-adornment. pg 1c

SPORTS

Yankees edge Orioles, 2-1

Matt Lawton hit a two-run homer off Rodrigo Lopez in the second inning, and Randy Johnson retired the first 11 batters to lead the New York Yankees over the Orioles, 2-1, at Yankee Stadium. pg 1e

A life takes flight after Katrina

When Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport lost power and closed, Simone Brown's bosses told her that she could work at any airport in America. This week, she landed a job at BWI. pg 1d

BUSINESS

DOW -- DOWN

-103.49

10,378.03

NASDAQ -- DOWN

-24.69

2,106.64

S&P -- DOWN

-11.14

1,210.20

SUN INDEX -- DOWN

-3.98

319.13

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"I'll have to put it in the hands of the Lord. Maryland might have another blues singer."

Marva Wright, a blues legend from New Orleans who was displaced by Hurricane Katrina, on whether or not she will return to her native city Article, PG 1CA

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RITA'S EFFECT

Economics professor Dr. Kevin McIntyre answers questions about Hurricane Rita's effect on oil prices at www.baltimoresun.com/gasprices

HEATHERETTE

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NFL TOP 5

Ken Murray proffers his picks for the best five football games this weekend, on audio with David Alexander at www.baltimoresun.com/murraynfl

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