Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

October 15, 2005

MARYLAND

Lightning seen before accident

Transcripts of National Transportation Safety Board interviews into the March 2004 water taxi accident show that two passengers reported seeing lightning before the Lady D set off from Fort McHenry. Beginning a voyage with lightning would have violated the water taxi's company policy. pg 1a

Mother jailed on drug charge

Talbot County authorities put another mother in jail this week for allegedly endangering the life of her newborn child by using drugs when she was pregnant. It is at least the fifth such case brought by prosecutors in the past three years. pg 1b

NATIONAL

Rove appears before grand jury

Amid rising anxiety in Republican circles, presidential adviser Karl Rove made a fourth appearance yesterday before a federal grand jury investigating the CIA leak case as prosecutors neared a decision on whether to charge Rove or anyone else. pg 3a

Bush spokesman defends Miers

President Bush's chief spokesman insisted yesterday that Supreme Court nominee Harriet Miers has ample experience in constitutional issues to sit on the nation's highest bench, rebutting critics who have questioned her legal expertise. But Scott McClellan said the administration does not plan to release any documents from Miers service as White House counsel that might shed light on her experience with constitutional issues. pg 3a

WORLD

Blackout precedes Iraq vote

Iraqis were set to head to the polls today to vote on the country's constitution. Hours before the polls were to open, Baghdad was blacked out because of an attack on the power grid. pg 1a

Hostages freed in Russia

Russian security forces freed all hostages held by Chechen militants in Nalchik a day after the rebels launched deadly attacks on the city. pg 9a

SPORTS

White Sox take 2-1 ALCS lead

Paul Konerko hits a two-run home run in a three-run first inning and Jon Garland pitches a four-hitter, helping the visiting Chicago White Sox beat the Los Angeles Angels, 5-2, to take a 2-1 lead in the AL Championship Series. pg 1c

GO TODAY

Biking is booming

Bicycle sales are soaring, industry experts say. In the Baltimore area, joining the rush is easy, with biking classes and beginner-friendly trails. pg 1d

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"Those threatening bloodshed shouldn't do that. We should not consider others infidels just for their opinions."

Sheikh Mahmoud Sumaidaii, addressing Friday prayer attendees at the Um Qura mosque in Iraq. Article, PG 1A

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CORDISH'S CASINO DEAL

For Sun coverage of Baltimore developer David S. Cordish's deal to finance two hotel-casino complexes for the Seminole tribe, go to

baltimoresun.com/cordish

MUSIC REVIEWS

Sun pop music critic Rashod Ollison reviews Jeffery Osborne's CD From the Soul at baltimoresun.com/rashodvideos

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