Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

October 26, 2005

NATIONAL

7 deaths blamed on Wilma

The day after Hurricane Wilma whipped South Florida, residents began the recovery process. Millions had no electricity, and the wait for it to be restored could stretch to four weeks, officials warned. Wilma also caused at least seven deaths. pg 3a

WORLD

Iraqi constitution ratified

Iraqi electoral officials announced yesterday that voters had ratified a new constitution, enshrining a legal foundation for the future governance of the country and paving the way for full-term elections in December. pg 1a

Syria called to assist probe

The United States and France prepared a U.N. Security Council resolution yesterday aimed at demanding Syria's cooperation with an investigation into the assassination of Lebanon's former prime minister. pg 8a

MARYLAND

Steele to make bid for Senate

Republican Lt. Gov. Michael S. Steele announced yesterday that he is a candidate for the U.S. Senate, ending months of speculation about his plans. Hundreds of supporters crowded around a stage at a rally in Largo and waved placards and cheered as Steele, after three years at the side of Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr., took the stage alone. pg 1a

Local activists honor Parks

Local civil rights leaders and scholars remembered Rosa Parks yesterday as the determined activist who refused to be treated as a second-class citizen. For them, She illustrated the power of an individual to make profound change, an example that inspired foot soldiers nationwide to follow her lead. pg 1B

BUSINESS

DOW -- DOWN

-7.13

10,377.87

NASDAQ -- DOWN

-6.38

2,109.45

S&P -- DOWN

-2.84

1,196.54

SUN INDEX -- DOWN

-2.68

313.95

Gas prices going down

Gasoline has been getting cheaper each week recently, bringing relief to consumers who changed their daily habits somewhat after a stretch of record prices brought on by two earlier hurricanes. A gallon of regular gasoline dropped to about $2.60 yesterday from a peak of $3.07. That's still up about 57 cents from a year ago. pg 1a

TODAY

Gospel according to Brubeck

Approaching his 85th birthday, pianist/composer Dave Brubeck is best known for the cool jazz sounds he styled in the 1950s and '60s. This weekend in Baltimore, though, he'll be performing one of several religious pieces he's written. pg 1c

A test of time at the `Times'

Ten days after The New York Times published a voluminous account that sought to clarify reporter Judith Miller's role in the CIA-leak case, the newspaper, widely considered the country's finest, finds itself ever more deeply embroiled in a controversy over the veteran staffer's actions. pg 1c

SPORTS

Giants co-owner Mara, 89, dies

Wellington T. Mara, the co-owner of the New York Giants who was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1997 and who agreed in the early 1960s that the NFL should equally divide money from television rights, died from cancer. He was 89. pg 1e

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"I think he should grow a goatee. Facial hair is hot."

Hair stylist Kyle White, suggesting a makeover for Barbie's ex-boyfriend, Ken Article, PG 1C

Up next

Thursday

Halloween tricks and treats

From ghost tours to gory films, nightclubs to kid stuff, our annual roundup of Halloween events. Plus an interview with the band Kindred, who will be at the 9:30 Club in Washington, D.C.

In LIVE!

Friday

Stressing over TMJ

In a Baltimore-based clinical trial funded by the National Institutes of Health, psychiatrists at Johns Hopkins and dental experts at the University of Maryland are examining the ability of stress management sessions to manage jaw pain.

In Health and Science

Saturday

Helping out

If the spirit is moving you to spend part of your weekend as a volunteer, there are many places eager for your help.

In Go Today

ONLINE TODAY

PRESTON ON THE RAVENS

Mike Preston answers readers' questions about the Ravens' loss to the Bears. www.baltimoresun.com/askpreston

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