Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

October 23, 2005

MARYLAND

State backs $1 billion project

The Ehrlich administration has endorsed a proposal to build 3,200 homes, a hotel, golf course and conference center on 1,080 acres of farms and wetlands in Cambridge. Critics say that allowing such development on environmentally sensitive land is a perversion of the state's Smart Growth law. pg 1a

Bus route changes launched

Sweeping changes to Baltimore area bus routes take effect today, part of what the Maryland Transit Administration is calling an improved and expanded bus system. The changes include loss of service to several neighborhoods. pg 1b

Peace garden honors children

The Children's Peace Memorial, a serene outdoor space by the Episcopal Cathedral of the Incarnation, will be dedicated today to honor the memory of Baltimore children. Thirty-six tiles will be placed at the garden, each representing a child who died from abuse, neglect or violence. pg 1b

NATIONAL

D.C.'s drama nears climax

Washington -- a town that has always delighted in political scandal -- is abuzz over what will happen this week when special prosecutor Patrick J. Fitzgerald wraps up his investigation of a high-profile CIA leak. pg 1a

Wilma heads for Florida

Hurricane Wilma pounded Mexico's Caribbean coast yesterday, killing at least three people. The storm slowed and weakened to a Category 2 hurricane; it's expected to hit Florida tomorrow. pg 3a

WORLD

20 insurgents, 4 Americans die

U.S. troops and warplanes killed 20 insurgents in Iraq yesterday while destroying safe houses for foreign militants near the Syrian border, and four more American military deaths edged the U.S. death toll closer to 2,000. pg 21a

SPORTS

Alabama edges Tennessee

Jamie Christensen kicked a 34-yard field goal with 13 seconds left for his second straight game-winner, lifting host and No. 5 Crimson Tide over the No. 17 Volunteers, 6-3. pg 6d

Navy runs past Rice, 41-9

In their first blowout victory of the season, the Midshipmen rushed for 301 yards and four touchdowns in routing winless Rice in Houston and improving their record to 4-2. pg 8d

A & E TODAY

Channeling Capote to Oscar

Philip Seymour Hoffman transformed himself for the title role in Capote, making his broad, 5-foot-10 physique seem as slight and svelte as Truman Capote's 5 foot 3. The performance could win him an Oscar for best actor. pg 1e

TRAVEL

Afloat off the Turquoise Coast

Sailing the Gulf of Fethiye in a southwestern sweep off Turkey, a group takes an adventure to explore rocky cliffs, secluded beaches and ancient ruins. Small towns like Fethiye and Gocek compensate in friendliness for what they lack in amenities. pg 1r

Quote of the day

"If there are no indictments at this point, it's going to be a huge emotional letdown. It will be like promising a pony to a child and then not delivering."

Columnist Mary Ann Akers, on the outcome of a two-year investigation of a high-profile CIA leak Article, PG 1A

Up next

Tomorrow

PRICEY TANKARD UP FOR SALE

A handsomely engraved silver beer stein will be auctioned at Sotheby's on Wednesday with an estimated value of $40,000 to $60,000.

IN TODAY

Wednesday

Working from home

As gas prices soar and employees seek a better balance between life and work, telecommuting is an attractive option.

IN WORKING

ONLINE TODAY

WILMA WATCH

Follow the path of Hurricane Wilma and check out local forecasts at www.marylandweather.com

NFL TOP 5

Check out Sun football reporter Ken Murray's picks at www.baltimoresun.com/murraynfl

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