Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

September 28, 2005

NATIONAL

Ex-FEMA director blames La.

Former FEMA Director Michael Brown told a congressional committee that much of the blame for the poor response to Hurricane Katrina falls on a dysfunctional Louisiana, where turmoil continued yesterday with the New Orleans police superintendent's abrupt resignation and officials backtracking on early reports of violence at the Superdome and the convention center. PG 1A

Abu Ghraib guard sentenced

After less than 90 minutes of deliberation last night, a military jury sentenced Pfc. Lynndie R. England to three years in prison and a dishonorable discharge, the third-harshest punishment handed down among the nine soldiers charged with abusing Iraqi detainees at the Abu Ghraib prison. PG 1A

WORLD

Police recruits killed in Iraq

A man wearing explosives under his clothing walked into a crowd of recruits gathered outside a police compound northeast of Baghdad yesterday and detonated the bomb, killing seven and injuring 23. PG 12A

Putin hints of new role

Russian President Vladimir V. Putin told his nation yesterday that he was against changing the constitution to extend his rule, but he dropped a vague hint about a mysterious new role he might assume after stepping down. PG 16A

MARYLAND

Fugitive gets 3 years in killing

The man who was once Baltimore's longest-sought fugitive - hiding out in Boston for three decades after killing a city police employee - was sentenced yesterday to three years in prison after pleading guilty to second-degree murder. PG 1A

State to clean up Corsica River

Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. announced plans yesterday for spending nearly $20 million to improve the Corsica River, a small Eastern Shore tributary. PG 1B

SPORTS

Orioles rout Yankees, 17-9

The Orioles battered their former ace, Mike Mussina, and achieved their highest scoring output of the season in a 17-9 win over the New York Yankees. The Yankees and Boston Red Sox remain in a first-place tie in the American League East. PG 1E

BUSINESS

DOW - UP

+12.58

10,456.21

NASDAQ - DOWN

-5.04

2,116.42

S&P - UP

+0.03

1,215.66

SUN INDEX - DOWN

-0.26

321.45

Settlement in Unitas dispute

The final chapter of a two-year legal dispute between survivors of Baltimore football legend Johnny Unitas over the lucrative rights to his name and likeness may have been written with a settlement yesterday. The agreement leaves Unitas' oldest son, John C. Unitas Jr., in charge of the marketing company that he and his father founded a decade before the former Baltimore Colts quarterback died in 2002. PG 1A

TODAY

Prayers and accomplishment

After 10 years, Victoria R. Sirota leaves her post as vicar of the Episcopal Church of the Holy Nativity in Park Heights with a number of life lessons and accomplishments in hand. Among the latter is the $3.1 million Pimlico Road Arts and Community Center, which has its groundbreaking today. PG 1C

Quote

Of the day

"The first couple of swings were a little rusty, but after that, outstanding."

Orioles hitting coach Terry Crowley, critiquing Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.'s bat skills (Article, PG 1B)

Up next

Tomorrow

A canvas wiped clean

Before Hurricane Katrina, Towson-born Jonathan Ferrara was a driving force in New Orleans' visual arts scene. Now he's back in Maryland, trying to figure out what to do next.

In Today

Lucinda Williams

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

In Live

ONLINE

TODAY

HURRICANE AFTERMATH

For complete coverage and archived photo and multimedia galleries, go to baltimoresun.com/katrina

RASHOD REVIEWS

Sun pop music critic Rashod Ollison reviews Toni Braxton's latest CD, Libra, at baltimoresun.com/rashodvideos

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