Sun News Digest


September 04, 2006


Gaza nightmare

The end of 38 years of Israeli occupation of the Gaza Strip had been met with great fanfare and hope by most Palestinians, who believed the area would finally have a chance to prosper. But one year later, life is worse than ever before for Gaza. pg 1a

Terror leader captured in Iraq

Authorities announced yesterday the capture of al-Qaida's No. 2 leader in Iraq, accusing him of "brutal and merciless" terror operations, including the bombing of a Shiite shrine that touched off the sectarian bloodletting pushing Iraq toward civil war. pg 9a


Hopkins opens dorm

More than 600 Johns Hopkins University sophomores and upperclassmen are moving into the new $60 million two-tower Charles Commons dormitory complex in Charles Village, part of a larger development project that officials hope will transform the neighborhood into a vibrant "college town." pg 1a

Preservation trade

Members of two branches of Maryland's historic Carroll family have submitted plans to Howard County to sell building rights on several chunks of historic Doughoregan Manor to developers in other parts of the county, preserving the land for agriculture. pg 1b

Twice the fun

Somehow Baltimore has ended up with two Irish festivals. The long-time organizers have moved their event to the State Fairgrounds in Timonium, but a new organization has sprung up to continue the tradition in Baltimore. pg 1a


Midterm elections

This year, Virginia is a perfect place to measure the overarching themes of the national election: the war in Iraq and George W. Bush's leadership. Presidential ambitions are also on the line. pg 1a

Florida bellwether

Gov. Jeb Bush is leaving office after eight years, and Florida voters will take the first step tomorrow in deciding whether they want to elect someone who shares his values or a governor who will seek to dismantle some of the Republican's key programs. pg 3a


4-set loss ends Agassi's career

Andre Agassi's tennis career came to an end with a 7-5, 6-7 (4), 6-4, 7-5 loss to 112th-ranked Benjamin Becker in the third round of the U.S. Open. The 36-year-old had begun the tournament with two inspiring victories. pg 1d

O's, Penn shelled by Athletics

Hayden Penn, whose season debut for the Orioles was delayed from late May until yesterday while he recovered from appendicitis, managed to get only two outs before being yanked in a 10-1 loss in Oakland. The Athletics scored nine first-inning runs. pg 1d


Carnival family

Life is fair - at least for Scott and Sally MacNeill and their kids. They are members of the "carnival community" who travel with the rides to fairs throughout the country. pg 1c

Facing fears

In her new book, On Becoming Fearless, Arianna Huffington reveals her quest for serenity. pg 1c

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