Sun News Digest

October 20, 2005

NATIONAL

Florida on high alert for Wilma

Much of Florida went on high alert yesterday as Wilma exploded into the most intense hurricane on record. But if Wilma rams into Mexico's Yucatan region, its anticipated turn toward Florida could be significantly altered and the system's strength could be considerably weakened, scientists said. pg 3a

WORLD

Hussein's trial begins

A defiant Saddam Hussein proclaimed his innocence yesterday during the opening of his trial for crimes allegedly committed during his rule. Hussein questioned the legitimacy of the court and refused to state his name to the judge. pg 1a

Mudslides occur in Pakistan

Three powerful aftershocks triggered mudslides and panic across northern Pakistan yesterday. The death toll from the initial Oct. 8 quake stands at nearly 80,000. pg 12a

MARYLAND

Former state senator indicted

A federal grand jury indicted former state Sen. Thomas L. Bromwell for allegedly accepting bribes from a local construction company president vying for millions of dollars worth of state contracts. The indictment, which also charges his wife, Mary Pat, and former Poole and Kent Co. President W. David Stoffregen, alleges a complex scheme that abused a system of special incentives to hire minority firms. The Bromwells denied the allegations. pg 1a

SPORTS

Mazzone could join O's

An agreement could be finalized today that will enable Atlanta Braves pitching coach Leo Mazzone to become the Orioles' next pitching coach, league sources said. The Orioles must first work out compensation with the Braves. pg 1e

BUSINESS

Drop in oil prices boosts stocks

Stocks soared as a sharp drop in oil prices and a reassuring assessment of the economy helped investors overcome disappointment over Intel Corp.'s earnings and troubling sales forecasts. pg 1d

DOW -- UP

+ 128.87

10,414.13

NASDAQ -- UP

+35.24

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S&P -- UP

+17.62

1,195.76

SUN INDEX -- UP

+4.08

318.63

TODAY

Jazz showcase Sunday

The Greg Thompkins Quintet will perform works by eight composers in the first Baltimore Jazz Composers Showcase on Sunday at the Eubie Blake National Jazz Institute and Cultural Center. pg 1c

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"I maintain my position as the constitutional president of Iraq. And I have the right to remain silent about my identity. You know me. You know who I am, but I do not recognize your authority."

Saddam Hussein, speaking to judge Rizgar Mohammad Amin

Article, PG 3a

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