Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

October 19, 2005

NATIONAL

Meirs opposed abortion

As a candidate for the Dallas City Council in 1989, Harriet E. Miers characterized herself as opposed to abortion and assured a local advocacy group that she actively supported legislation to permanently outlaw the procedure should the Supreme Court ever overturn its decision in Roe v. Wade. pg 1a

WORLD

Avian flu seen as global threat

European Union foreign ministers said yesterday that the spread of bird flu from Asia to Europe poses a global threat while the manufacturer of one of the few anti-flu drugs announced that it would build a new U.S. plant to increase production. pg 12a

MARYLAND

Boosting stem cell research

Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.'s election-year agenda will include a stem cell research component designed to bolster Maryland's appeal to scientists and biotechnology businesses being wooed by other states, he said yesterday. pg 1a

Threat to harbor tunnels

Investigating a tip that terrorists were going to blow up one of two tunnels running beneath Baltimore's Harbor, authorities temporarily shut down the Interstate highways leading to the tunnels yesterday to aid the search for possible suspects. The threat, described by federal officials as specific but unsubstantiated, alleged that an Egyptian man living in the Baltimore area was plotting to drive a explosive-laden vehicle into one of the tunnels and detonate the explosives. pg 1a

SPORTS

Jockeys testify to House panel

Thoroughbred jockeys, including Gary Birzer, who was paralyzed in July 2004 after falling from a horse in West Virginia, told a House panel that they are being let down by the government and their own guild in not being afforded adequate insurance for life-altering track accidents. pg 1e

TODAY

Pulling back from bigness

America got big in the '90s - houses became McMansions, SUVs became tanks, and fast food went on steroids. Now, from personal technology to automobiles to scientific research, getting small is big again. But just how small can we go? pg 1C

BUSINESS

DOW -- DOWN

-62.84

10,285.26

NASDAQ -- DOWN

-14,30

2,056.00

S&P --- DOWN

-11.96

1,178.14

SUN INDEX -- DOWN

-2.92

314.55

State to sell World Trade Center

Baltimore's World Trade Center - the slim, pentagonal skyscraper that has defined the city skyline at the Inner Harbor for decades - will be sold by early December. That opens the possibility that one of the city's tallest office towers could be transformed into luxury condos or a hotel. pg 1d

Law stops bankruptcy flood

The avalanche of bankruptcy filings came to a standstill Monday, when the biggest overhaul of the system in decades took effect. The new law sets up hurdles for individuals wanting to wipe out debt through bankruptcy. Marylanders, from the elderly poor to former heavyweight boxing champion Riddick Bowe, were part of the rush. pg 1d

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"I know I'm only going to be young once, and I've got a small window to do this."

Wade Henninger, Villa Julie College graduate, on the possibility of playing professional basketball - in England Article, PG 1C

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