Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

September 26, 2005

Intelligent design trial begins

A Pennsylvania school district's use of intelligent design in its high school biology curriculum goes on trial in federal court today in the nation's first legal challenge to the idea. pg 1a

Rita spares most oil refineries

Hurricane Rita's late shift to the east spared all but a few Texas oil refineries from significant damage, likely sparing consumers a repeat of the gasoline price shocks that occurred after Hurricane Katrina pummeled plants in Louisiana a month ago, energy experts say. pg 5a

WORLD

Sharon in trouble at home

Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon has been basking in international praise after his government's successful evacuation of Jewish settlers and Israeli soldiers from the Gaza Strip. But at home, he is facing a rebellion within his own party. pg 1a

IRA fully disarmed

International weapons inspectors have supervised the full disarmament of the outlawed Irish Republican Army, a long-sought goal of Northern Ireland's peace process, an aide to the process monitor said yesterday. pg 9a

MARYLAND

New housing authority program

Baltimore's public housing authority has joined a pilot program that gives local officials wide latitude over how to spend federal funds and permits new requirements for tenants. The initiative, called Moving to Work, could speed the planned demolition of more than 600 vacant public housing units. pg 1b

Medical examiner may relocate

Officials with the state's Department of Health and Mental Hygiene want to move Maryland's Office of the Chief Medical Examiner from the Penn Street building it has occupied since 1968 to the University of Maryland BioPark that is being built a few blocks away in West Baltimore. pg 1b

TODAY

Scorsese captures young Dylan

No Direction Home - director Martin Scorsese's impressionistic two-night portrait of Bob Dylan as a young man - is a film that feels more like a poem than a TV documentary. pg 1c

Developers vow `true lofts'

The developers of Baltimore's newest upscale condominium, the $20 million Canal Street Malt House, promise "true, New York-style lofts." pg 1c

SPORTS

Red Sox win, sweep Orioles

Manny Ramirez hit a home run during a five-run first inning as the Boston Red Sox completed a three-game sweep of the Orioles with a 9-3 victory at Camden Yards. pg 1d

GAMEDAY

Eagles edge Raiders, 23-20

Terrell Owens won the head-to-head matchup with fellow star wide receiver Randy Moss, but Eagles teammate David Akers stole the spotlight, kicking a 23-yard field goal with nine seconds remaining to lift Philadelphia to a 23-20 victory over the Oakland Raiders. pg 1e

Quote Of the day

"I think [Rita] is going to be a weak source of inconvenience more than anything else."

Dan Lippe, president of Houston-based Petral Worldwide, discusing the hurricane's effect on gasoline prices (Article, Page 5A)

Up next Thursday

Lucinda Williams

Lucinda Williams, at Rams Head Live Oct. 5, talks about her music and how despite all the different styles she's tried, the lyrics have always remained at the forefront.

In Live

Sunday

SOWETO RISING

Once a hotbed of violence, the South African township has become a tourist destination for those who want to see where the anti-apartheid movement got its start.

In Travel

ONLINE TODAY

RITA UPDATE

For complete coverage of Hurricane Rita, including archives and photo galleries, go to baltimoresun.com/rita

BUSINESS REPORT

Get your week off to a productive start with the Sun's Monday business report at baltimoresun.com/mondaybiz

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