Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

October 01, 2005

MARYLAND

Transfer of juveniles criticized

The Ehrlich administration's plan to send some juvenile offenders to programs as far away as Texas, Minnesota and Iowa drew sharp criticism from Baltimore's top juvenile judge, the Maryland Public Defender's Office and state legislators. pg 1a

20,000 private jobs predicted

The national military realignment will attract at least 20,000 private jobs to Maryland on top of the more than 6,000 government positions estimated to come, state officials said yesterday. pg 1a

NATIONAL

Covert propaganda used in hire

The Bush administration engaged in covert propaganda in hiring conservative talk show host Armstrong Williams to promote an education program, congressional investigators said. pg 3a

Firefighters gain on Calif. blaze

Hundreds of people in Los Angeles were allowed to return home yesterday as firefighters gained ground against a 20,000-acre wildfire that cast such a smoky haze over the city. pg 6a

WORLD

Car bomb kills at least 8 in Iraq

A car bomb detonated yesterday near a fruit and vegetable market in Hilla, a Shiite town south of Baghdad, killing at least eight people and wounding 41, the second strike in two days. The attacks killed 110 people. pg 9a

SPORTS

Ravens' Ricard is questionable

The Ravens' hopes to revert to a run-heavy philosophy hit a snag when fullback Alan Ricard reinjured his right calf this week. Ricard skipped some drills yesterday and is considered questionable for tomorrow's game against the New York Jets. pg 1c

Orioles top Devil Rays, 7-6

Melvin Mora hit a two-run homer in the fourth inning to give the Orioles a 6-5 lead, and they overcame his two errors in the eighth to beat the host Tampa Bay Devil Rays, 7-6, to win for only the second time in their past 13 tries. pg 7c

TODAY

Go take a hike in Maryland

During the fall, Maryland's great and varied outdoors offers numerous colorful choices for day hikes. A guide to hiking hot spots and how-to's on preparation and picnics. pg 1d

New Medicare drug plans

As of today, private insurers can begin marketing the new Medicare drug plans. Some health plans and advocacy groups have sent out educational materials. What changes today is that the insurers can begin offering specific details about premiums, deductibles, co-payments - and pitching the virtues of their products. pg 1a

BUSINESS

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Quote Of the day

"You see beautiful scenery, everything from beaches to mountains."

Amy Pickwick, president of the Maryland Outdoor Club, on fall hiking Article, Pg 1d

ONLINE TODAY

Medicare resources

Read archived coverage about Medicare and find links to helpful resources.

www.baltimoresun.com/medicare

Katrina relief blog

Read a blog from Vera Zlidar, a researcher and writer for Johns Hopkins Population Reports. She is volunteering with the Central Maryland chapter of the Red Cross for three weeks in the Gulf Coast region.

www.baltimoresun.com/katrina/relief

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