Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

October 14, 2005

MARYLAND

Academy blocks book-signing

Bruce Fleming, a Naval Academy English professor and author who has been critical of the school's admissions policy, has been denied permission for a book-signing at the campus bookstore -- a practice regularly allowed for other faculty. pg 1b

Sister Josanna, 61, dies

Joann Margaret Abromaitis, widely known as Sister Josanna and founding director nearly a quarter-century ago of the downtown Our Daily Bread soup kitchen, died of cancer yesterday at her Cockeysville home. She was 61. pg 1b

NATIONAL

Civil rights pioneer dies

Vivian Malone Jones, one of two black students whose effort to enroll at the University of Alabama led to Gov. George Wallace's infamous "stand in the schoolhouse door" in 1963, died yesterday. She was 63. pg 3a

States wary of Amtrak plan

Amtrak's plan to split off the Northeast Corridor under federal-state management has come as a surprise to state officials, leading some to worry about funding capital improvements to a "system that is in a state of disrepair." pg 4a

TODAY

A Nobel for Pinter

British playwright Harold Pinter, a critic of the wars in the Balkans and in Iraq, has been named winner of this year's Nobel prize in literature for writing plays that reveal the forces of "domination and submission." Pinter, 75, has written 29 plays since 1957. pg 1c

BUSINESS

DOW -- DOWN

-0.32

10,216.59

NASDAQ -- UP

+9.75

2,047.22

S&P -- DOWN

-0.84

1,176.84

SUN INDEX -- UP

+1.49

313.29

Mortgage rates above 6%

Mortgage rates rose this week above 6 percent for the first time in six months and will probably climb higher, likely cooling demand that has driven home sales and prices to record levels. The nationwide average for a 30-year, fixed-rate loan was 6.03 percent, mortgage giant Freddie Mac reported yesterday. pg 1a

WORLD

Chechen militants attack

Chechen militants stormed government buildings and the airport in the southern Russian city of Nalchik yesterday. Dozens of people were killed, including at least 61 insurgents. pg 1a

Turkey fighting bird flu

Authorities scoured a village in western Turkey yesterday for any remaining poultry that escaped destruction after a virulent strain of bird flu had been confirmed in the region. The bird flu was detected after 1,800 turkeys died on a farm southwest of Istanbul. pg 11a

SPORTS

Astros even series with Cards

Roy Oswalt pitched seven stellar innings, closer Brad Lidge pitched the final two and the Houston Astros defeated the host St. Louis Cardinals, 4-1, to even the best-of-seven National League Championship Series at one game apiece. pg 1f

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"I can see in your eyes, you want to know, how do I take advantage of this incredible opportunity? How do I make sure New Orleans is not overrun with Mexican workers."

Mayor Ray Nagin, addressing business owners and contractors on the influx of Latino workers

Article, PG 1A

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