Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

September 11, 2006

NATIONAL

Bush plans memorial speech

President Bush, whose place in history was shaped by the Sept. 11 attacks, is playing a central role in the commemorations, from a solemn wreath-laying ceremony at Ground Zero yesterday afternoon to a prime-time address tonight. pg 1A

Crime rates up, officials say

The rates of homicide and firearm violence jumped upward in 2005, ending a decade of decline, according to a U.S. Justice Department report that reinforces recent warnings by law enforcement officials. pg 3A

MARYLAND

Making a more prepared Md.

Since Sept. 11, 2001, federal officials have pumped more than $400 million into Maryland to buy equipment, build radio towers, upgrade security at potential targets, retool the state's emergency management system and train first responders to prepare for potential catastrophes. But many say more needs to be done. pg 1A

Benefits, drawbacks to tax

Some communities that have received funding for sewage treatment plants from Maryland's new "flush tax" - intended to improve the quality of the Chesapeake Bay - have taken advantage of expanded capacity to approve the construction of thousands of new homes, a move that critics say will lead to more polluted runoff, traffic and sprawl. pg 1A

The last-minute Senate sprint

An 18-month campaign was condensed into a sprint of handshaking, picnics and speeches yesterday for Democratic candidates for the U.S. Senate, as they made last-minute appeals for their supporters to vote in tomorrow's primary election. pg 1B

WORLD

Iran could suspend enrichment

Iran is ready to consider suspending uranium enrichment for up to two months, diplomats told the Associated Press yesterday. pg 8A

Afghan governor killed

A provincial governor and close friend of Afghan President Hamid Karzai was killed along with two staff members by a suicide bomber as they drove away from the governor's office yesterday, government officials said. pg 9A

TODAY

Shoe signs of a new world

Each day close to 2 million Americans shuffle through airport checkpoints, where removing shoes is at last mandatory, though most of us have been doing it for years now. Five years after the Sept. 11 attacks, the simple act of unlacing our sneakers is a mundane but tangible reminder of how this country has changed. pg 1C

BMA receives $1 million gift

Longtime arts supporter and Baltimore Museum of Art chairwoman Sue Cohen gives $1 million to the museum. The gift was intended for a fund to support the museum's new policy of free admission to the public that begins Oct. 1. pg 1C

SPORTS

Orioles lose again to Yanks

The Orioles fell to a season-worst 18 games below .500 with a 9-4 loss to the visiting New York Yankees. Orioles starter Hayden Penn allowed seven runs and nine hits in three innings. pg 1D

GAMEDAY

Ravens open with 27-0 win

The Ravens ended an 11-game road losing streak by routing the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. New quarterback Steve McNair completed 17 of 27 passes for 181 yards and no interceptions. section e

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"Emergency management is like playing catch with a 20-pound ball of Jell-O. It moves in a lot of different directions."

Frederic N. Smalkin, former chairman of the Governor's Emergency Management Advisory Council Article, PG 1a

Up next

Thursday

A bit of British soul

James Hunter, who performs a mix of British R&B and soul, performs Saturday at Rams Head Tavern in Annapolis. in LIVE

Friday

From the page to the screen

Brian De Palma directs an adaptation of James Ellroy's 1940s-set novel, The Black Dahlia.

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