Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

September 25, 2005

NATIONAL

Coast escapes wide destruction

Hurricane Rita slammed into east Texas and Louisiana yesterday, causing floods and property damage, but apparently sparing the Gulf Coast the widespread destruction that had been feared. pg 1a

Thousands protest war in Iraq

An antiwar crowd police estimated at 100,000 demonstrators marched in Washington yesterday carrying signs, bullhorns and bongo drums to protest the Bush administration's policies in Iraq. pg 1a

WORLD

U.S. troops kill Iraqi officials

U.S. soldiers killed a police captain and a City Council member from the north-central Iraqi city of Duluiyah after coming under small-arms fire from the two men, the U.S. military said. pg 24a

MARYLAND

Evacuation plans lacking

Even after the attacks of Sept. 11 and the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, local emergency response officials have been reluctant to plan for a worst-case disaster scenario that would require a total evacuation of Baltimore. pg 1a

Residents fear a long winter

As energy costs spike to near-record levels, low-income Marylanders fear that they'll be unable to afford heating their homes this winter, and state agencies are bracing for a surge in people seeking assistance. Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. predicts that customers will pay 25 percent to 33 percent more for natural gas this winter. pg 1b

Branch aide denies charges

The former campaign treasurer of Baltimore Councilwoman Paula Johnson Branch is vowing to fight charges of theft and embezzlement brought by the state prosecutor by claiming that he followed his candidate's orders when spending funds from her election account, according to his attorney. pg 1b

BUSINESS

Wegmans mega-market to open

Wegmans Food Markets Inc., with stores three times the size of the average supermarket, plans to open its 69th store overall and its first in Maryland next Sunday at the renovated Hunt Valley Towne Centre in northern Baltimore County. pg 1c

SPORTS

Terps top Wake Forest, 22-12

Maryland (2-2) scored 10 points off turnovers and defeated the host Demon Deacons (1-3) for the seventh consecutive time. Keon Lattimore, Ray Lewis' brother from Mount St. Joseph, carried 15 times for 76 yards and a touchdown. pg 1d

Red Sox top O's, catch Yanks

Edgar Renteria singled in two runs in the ninth inning, enabling the Boston Red Sox to defeat the Orioles, 4-3, at Camden Yards and regain a share of first place in the American League East. The victory, coupled with New York's 7-4 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays, left the Red Sox and the Yankees tied for the lead with eight games left. pg 1d

A&E TODAY

Empowered women storm TV

This fall's new TV shows feature women in strong roles, including as president of the United States. The phenomenon traces to last year's huge hit, Desperate Housewives. pg 1e

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"I wasn't planning on bringing anybody in, but I asked God if he wanted me to help, to send people here." Ron Nelsen, pastor of the Church of the Nazarene in Huntsville, Texas, who was sheltering about 160 people in his chapel Article, PG 1a

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