"I have walked through many a cornfield, and I never planned to pay for it. But, I hope a lot of other people will."

Bill Knill, a Mount Airy farmer who helped plan a maze at the Carroll County-owned Gesell farm in Westminster. (Article, Page 1B)


Frances made landfall early yesterday and began a slow crawl across Florida, leaving roadways flooded, power lines down, trees uprooted and beaches strewn with debris. As many as 5 million people lost power, and the state's panhandle braced for the storm to hit today. [Page 1a]

Bush stops in West Virginia

The president made another visit to the battleground state of West Virginia yesterday, promoting his economic record and saying a Democratic administration would stifle job creation with tax increases. Democratic candidate John Kerry, meanwhile, made personnel changes at the top of his campaign staff as other Democrats took issue with the president's economic accomplishments. [Page 4a]


Capture of wanted Iraqi doubted

Despite reports of the capture of one of Iraq's most wanted men - Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri, a trusted confidant of Saddam Hussein - it appeared last night that the highest-ranking official in the former regime to remain free had not been caught. Also, two U.S. soldiers were killed and 16 others were wounded in a mortar attack on their base at the edge of Baghdad. [Page 10a]

Russians bury slain hostages

Relatives began to bury the more than 330 victims of a three-day hostage ordeal at a school in Beslan, Russia, that ended in bloodshed. As the search for the missing continued at area hospitals and morgues, at least 22 former hostages were buried. More than 1,000 people were held at the school by terrorists believed to be linked to separatist rebels in Chechnya. [Page 11a]

Israeli West Bank barrier grows

Israel began building a new section of its separation barrier in the southern West Bank yesterday, days after two Palestinian suicide bombers from that area carried out the deadliest attack in nearly a year. It was the first construction in the southern part of the territory on what will be a 425-mile barrier. [Page 11a]


Federal prisoners at 'Supermax'

The high-security Baltimore prison known as "Supermax" opened in 1987 as a get-tough facility for the state's most violent felons. Today, the prison holds more federal pretrial detainees than problem inmates. Although presumed innocent, these federal prisoners live next to Maryland's death row, a situation many involved with the federal court system say is expensive, unfair and possibly unsafe. [Page 1b]

An amazing fund-raiser in Carroll

Volunteers have created an old-fashioned maze using a global positioning system to mow familiar farm scenes into a 17-acre cornfield in Westminster. Visitors can wend their way through stalks that form various patterns. Ticket sales will help the county-owned Gesell farm raise money for an educational center and tourist attraction. [Page 1b]

Balto. County Council rezones

For the members of the Baltimore County Council, deciding the 547 rezoning requests as part of the quadrennial Comprehensive Zoning Map process was painstaking, exhausting and sometimes trying work. [Page 1b]


School for the Arts to expand

The Baltimore School for the Arts will start work this fall on a $24 million expansion at 712 Cathedral St. The renovations will allow the school to expand enrollment to 375 students in grades 9-12 from the current 318. [Page 1c]

Summer box office heats up sales

Teamed with such familiar favorites as Shrek, Spider-Man and Harry Potter sequels, Fahrenheit 9/11 and Dodgeball helped lift the industry to an all-time summer haul of just under $4 billion from the first weekend in May through Labor Day, according to box-office tracker Exhibitor Relations. That's up 3 percent from the record of $3.9 billion set last summer. [Page 3c]


Yankees top O's, 4-3

The Yankees defeated the Orioles, 4-3, on a bases-loaded walk in the ninth inning at Yankee Stadium and ended the visitors' six-game winning streak. After Alex Rodriguez was issued an intentional walk that loaded the bases, Orioles pitcher Jorge Julio ran the count full to Jorge Posada before he missed low. The Orioles had taken a 3-0 lead in the first on Rafael Palmeiro's second home run in as many days. [Page 1d]

Roddick advances at U.S. Open

Andy Roddick advances to the round of 16 at the U.S. Open by defeating No. 29 Guillermo Canas of Argentina, 6-1, 6-3, 6-3. Roddick smacked 21 aces, had zero double-faults and erased all five break points he faced. So far, Roddick has been broken once in 36 service games, going 9-0 in sets. [Page 1d]

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