Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

September 29, 2005

NATIONAL

Embattled DeLay steps aside

Tom DeLay, the Texas Republican whose bare-knuckled style propelled him to the top echelons of the House and drew allegations of ethical lapses, was forced to step aside as majority leader yesterday, after a Texas grand jury indicted him for conspiracy to break campaign finance laws. PG 1A

Bush nearing choice for court

President Bush is close to naming a successor to Justice Sandra Day O'Connor and could announce his choice this week, Republicans close to the White House said yesterday. The Senate is expected confirm Judge John G. Roberts Jr. as chief justice to the high court today. PG 7A

MARYLAND

O'Malley makes it official

Standing in the heart of a revived East Baltimore neighborhood and before a crowd of supporters, Mayor Martin O'Malley formally entered the race for governor yesterday evening, pledging that the urban turnaround he helped engineer can translate to a better Maryland. PG 1A

Judges fault Hickey closing

Two Maryland judges charged yesterday that the Ehrlich administration's decision to close the Charles H. Hickey Jr. School for juvenile offenders without a clear plan to replace it is jeopardizing the welfare of youths and the public. PG 1A

BUSINESS

DOW - UP

+16.88

10,473.09

NASDAQ - DOWN

-1.02

2,115.40

S&P - UP

+1.23

1,216.89

SUN INDEX - DOWN

-0.56

320.89

Overdue credit-card accounts

The percentage of overdue U.S. credit-card accounts jumped to a record in the second quarter, as gasoline prices surged and card issuers boosted minimum payments. PG 1D

SPORTS

McCain threatens legislation

Sen. John McCain told baseball union chief Donald Fehr during a Senate Commerce Committee hearing that the players have moved too slowly on agreeing to tougher penalties for steroid users. McCain threatened to force the union's hand with legislation. PG 1E

TODAY

The art of renewal

After being displaced by Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath, Baltimore-born artist and gallery owner Jonathan Ferrara finds himself a bit adrift. He says he's certain of just one thing: that the arts will make a comeback in New Orleans. PG 1C

QUOTE

OF THE DAY

"Don't you get it?"

SEN. JOHN MCCAIN, DURING HEARINGS ON STEROID USE, TO THE BASEBALL UNION CHIEF (ARTICLE, PG 1E)

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News to smile about

Thanks to fluoride and better dental care, cavities are becoming a thing of the past. A new report says almost 60 percent of youngsters ages 6 to 19 have never had a cavity in their permanent teeth.

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