Sun News Digest


October 24, 2005


Fla. braces for Hurricane Wilma

With Hurricane Wilma on track to strengthen before striking the Gulf Coast of Florida this morning, officials braced for winds of 100 mph or more and the possibility of tornadoes. pg 3a

Emergency plans called flawed

Military officials have determined that the federal government's emergency response plans are seriously flawed, according to sources familiar with the officials' ongoing review. pg 4a


Palestinian reform slow

Hassan Abu Libdeh is on an ambitious, often lonely quest to reform how the Palestinian Authority does business. After decades of corruption and mismanagement, it's a monumental task. pg 1a

Iraqi defense team a no-show

In the latest problem to affect Saddam Hussein's trial, lawyers for the former dictator and his co-defendants refused to attend a special court hearing yesterday, fearing for their safety. pg 8a


Noted Rabbi Neuberger dies

As leader of the Orthodox Ner Israel Rabbinical College for more than half a century, Rabbi Herman N. Neuberger helped fellow Jews escape the religious persecution of other nations and fostered dialogue between faiths. Rabbi Neuberger died Friday of cardiac arrest at his home at the Pikesville school at the age of 87. pg 1a

Bear hunt returns today

The state's second black bear hunt in a half-century begins today in Garrett and Allegany counties. Once nearly extinct in the state, black bears have multiplied in Western Maryland over the last 50 years, and state game managers will allow the killing of up to 55 of them. pg 1b

Lack of drug treatment faulted

With Maryland judges increasingly concerned about a lack of drug rehabilitation slots for lawbreakers who seem better suited for treatment than jail, defense lawyers in Baltimore County are making an unusual appeal today to hold the state responsible for the shortage. pg 1b


At Epiphany, a surprising find

The engraved silver beer stein that Edna Rau found in a closet at Epiphany Lutheran Church is worth more than the few hundred dollars she imagined. The tankard engraved with scenes from the Passion of Christ will go on sale Wednesday at Sotheby's New York auction house with an estimated value of $40,000 to $60,000. pg 1c

Temirkanov, BSO in Madrid

From the sound of things in Madrid on Saturday and Murcia, Spain, last night, music director Yuri Temirkanov's communication with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra is at peak fluency. There was an extra charge and spontaneity Saturday night, making it apparent that conductor and ensemble had hit their tour groove from the first beat. pg 1c


Former O's GM Dalton dies

Former Orioles general manager Harry Dalton, who ran the franchise in its heyday from 1966 to 1971, died yesterday of Parkinson's disease in Scottsdale, Ariz. He was 77. pg 1d


Bears get better of Ravens

The Chicago Bears defeated the Ravens, 10-6, in a defensive struggle at Soldier Field in Chicago. The Ravens, who dropped to 2-4, got two field goals from Matt Stover. pg 1e


"Just to do this engraving was an endless task. Most craftsmen didn't attempt it. ... This is a virtuoso display of the engraver's ability."

Kevin L. Tierney, Sotheby's senior vice president in the silver department, on the prized stein found at Epiphany Lutheran Church

Article, PG 1C

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