Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

September 23, 2005

NATIONAL

Texas, La. residents flee Rita

Officials in Texas and Louisiana took extra precautions yesterday to ensure that Hurricane Rita is less of a disaster than Hurricane Katrina. More than 1.5 million people heeded the warnings to evacuate low-lying areas. Rita is expected to make landfall early tomorrow. pg 1a

Flu season nears

With flu season nearly more than a month away, public health authorities say they expect the nation's vaccine supply to be large enough to avoid the shortages and chaos of last season. pg 4a

WORLD

Jordanian king, Sharon to meet

President Bush asked Jordan's King Abdullah II yesterday to meet with Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas to help further the Middle East peace process. The king has agreed to the request, but no date for the meetings has been set. pg 10a

Yushchenko strikes deal

Ukraine President Viktor Yushchenko persuaded parliament to back his selection for prime minister yesterday after striking a deal with his rival from the hotly disputed presidential election last year. pg 11a

MARYLAND

Ehrlich shucks oysters plan

The Ehrlich administration yesterday said it is shelving a proposal to expand motorized dredging for oysters in the Chesapeake Bay because of widespread opposition from the public and scientists. pg 1a

BUSINESS

Oil industry expects price surge

Oil industry experts say energy prices are likely to shoot upward this weekend as Hurricane Rita moves toward the Houston area, which is home to more than a quarter of the nation's already beleaguered refining industry. pg 1e

STOCKS

DOW -- UP

+44.02

10,422.05

NASDAQ -- UP

+4.14

2,110.78

S&P -- UP

+4.42

1,214.62

SUN INDEX -- UP

+1.56

320.69

TODAY

Foster takes flight again

Jodie Foster may have cut back to a movie every-other-year-or-so, but Flightplan reminds us why her films are worth the wait. As Kyle Pratt, Foster is not only believable, but also convincing. pg 1c

SPORTS

Vitamin given to Palmeiro clean

A vitamin given to Rafael Palmeiro by an Orioles teammate was clean, the club said, suggesting it could not have caused Palmeiro's positive steroid test that led to his suspension. Additionally, the team said that Palmeiro is not expected to play again this year. pg 1f

Quote Of the day

"I just want to die. When I am dead, no one can bully me anymore. Right?"

Wang Binyu, Chinese migrant worker sentenced to death for the killing of his foreman and members of the foreman's family. Article, PG 1A

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