Sun News Digest


October 09, 2005


Top auto supplier bankrupt

The nation's largest auto supplier, Delphi Corp., filed for bankruptcy protection yesterday, sending shock waves through the already shaky domestic auto industry. pg 3a


Quake hits South Asia

A magnitude 7.6 earthquake rattled Pakistan, India and Afghanistan yesterday morning, causing widespread devastation. More than 3,000 people were reported killed, and officials cautioned that the number was expected to rise. pg 1a

Worker exploitation in Iraq

A newspaper investigation has found that a Halliburton subsidiary has established a pipeline of cheap labor into Iraq from impoverished Asian nations - often at the expense of the workers' safety and in violation of the host countries' laws. pg 21a


Torrential rains end drought

Torrential rains over two days ended Maryland's drought and broke rainfall records but caused headaches for many Baltimore area residents. Homes and businesses lost electricity, roads were flooded and a few people were evacuated. pg 1b

Troubles with special education

The Baltimore public school system had trouble delivering services to special education students in the first month of this academic year. Most of the missed hours came from a small number of students missing classroom instruction because buses did not show up to take them to school. pg 1b


Md.-based mutual funds

Of the 255 Maryland-based mutual funds surveyed by Bloomberg News, all but a few stock funds were in the black. Portfolios that invest overseas and in the energy and precious metal sectors led the way, posting returns as high as 30 percent. Two-thirds of Maryland bond funds were in the red, though only a handful slipped more than 1 percent. pg 1c


Navy wins on last-second kick

Joey Bullen made a 46-yard field goal with 0.4 seconds remaining, giving Navy a 27-24 victory over visiting Air Force. Navy's Reggie Campbell had tied the score with a 40-yard run with 2:22 to go. pg 1d


Clooney goes black and white

George Clooney's new film, Good Night and Good Luck, is a tribute to crusading broadcast journalist Edward R. Murrow and a reverie on a bygone masculine era of black-and-white movies. And he filmed it, of course, in black and white. pg 1e


Criticism of cosmetic surgery

Cosmetic surgery may have done wonders with your looks, but be prepared for a possible side effect: criticism from family and friends. pg 1n


Weekend getaways

Four weekend getaways in the region, including Charlottesville, Va., take advantage of autumn's seasonal delights. pg 1r


"Suicide bombings in Afghanistan and Iraq are perhaps understandable because there is an `opponent' there. But here in Indonesia, it makes no sense."

Indonesian Vice President Jusuf Kalla Article, PG 19A



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