WHAT THEY'RE SAYING
TODAY'S SUN COLUMNISTS
O, the pains of autumn
On Saturday, runners will take to the streets for the Baltimore Marathon in the annual rite of pain that commences soon after that other rite of pain known here as baseball season.
Bleak outlook for debt
Hardly anybody is talking about it, but banks and consumers are laying the groundwork for a wave of credit-card defaults, bankruptcies and asset write-offs for 2009 or so.
Glenn McNatt on Judy Chicago -- Today
Rob Kasper on butternut squash -- Taste
Laura Vozzella on E.A. Poe -- Maryland
5 things to do today
Verdi opera -- Experience the sweeping drama and expressive melodies of Giuseppe Verdi's grand opera, La Forza del Destino (The Force of Destiny). The Baltimore Opera Company production is at 7:30 tonight at the Lyric Opera House, 110 W. Mount Royal Ave. $46-$132. 410-727-6000 or baltimoreopera.com.
Meet the author -- Willarda V. Edwards will discuss and sign The Black Woman's Guide to Black Men's Health tonight at 6:30 at the Enoch Pratt Free Library, 400 Cathedral St. 410-396-5494.
Dr. John -- Boogie-woogie piano man Dr. John brings his eclectic sound to Rams Head Tavern, 33 West St., Annapolis, tonight at 6 and 9. $49.50. 410-268-4545 or ramsheadtavern.com
Misses on MTV -- Miss Universe Riyo Mori, Miss USA Rachel Smith and former Miss Teen USA Katie Blair share a New York apartment and get followed by cameras for the new MTV series Pageant Place, tonight at 10:30.
Art by Dufy -- See colorful paintings by Raoul Dufy at Dufy: The Evergreen Collection, an exhibit that runs through Jan. 6 at the Evergreen Museum and Library. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. $3-$6. 4545 N. Charles St. 410-516-0341.
Following the runners
Our guide to the Baltimore Running Festival, which includes a marathon, half-marathon, relay and expo.
Tomorrow in Live
Plant a fall garden
In his monthly Saturday's Hero column, Rob Kasper tells how to plant a fall garden and keep it going.
Saturday in Go Today
5 THINGS TO LOOK FOR @BALTIMORESUN.COM
Annie Leibovitz exhibit
The prolific photographer talks about her latest exhibition, Annie Leibovitz: A Photographer's Life, 1990-2005, which opens Saturday in Washington. baltimoresun.com/criticalmass
Ravens prep for Rams
With a number of starting veterans injured, the Ravens return to practice for Sunday's home game against the St. Louis Rams. baltimoresun.com/ravens
Pouring it on
Columnist Rob Kasper introduces his new blog about a matter of taste for many -- beer. baltimoresun.com/kasperontap
Again, the offense
This time last year, the Ravens were 4-1 and Brian Billick was about to assume the play-calling. But what will happen this season if the offense continues to sputter? baltimoresun.com/maese
Opened in Ocean City more than 30 years ago, the Greene Turtle is one of the areas best-known watering holes, with 16 restaurants in Maryland and Washington. baltimoresun.com/business
SUN BLOG -- BLOGS.BALTIMORESUN.COM
Talking education -- Join in discussions on education at baltimoresun.com/classroom.
It's the heat -- Get up-to-date news on the weather and when the hot spell might break at marylandweather.com.O, by the WayBill Ordine says the point spread in Sunday's New England-Dallas game will be interesting to watch this week. http:--weblogs.baltimoresun.com/sports/ordine/blog/
MOST VIEWED STORIES YESTERDAY AS OF 8 PM
1. Heal the offense -- When it comes to evaluating the health of the Ravens' offense, it goes beyond bumps and bruises. They have no offensive touchdowns in 88 plays.
2. Newlyweds die in crash -- A Baltimore couple that died in a weekend plane crash in Montana were returning home after spending their honeymoon at a friend's cabin near Bozeman.
3. Orioles look ahead -- Dozens of scouts and members of the Orioles front office discuss the future, including player development.
4. Q&A; with Mike Preston -- The problem with the Ravens' offense is that they seem to always allow opponents to dictate what they can and cannot do.
5. Can muck save planet? -- A University of Maryland scientist hopes to prove that creating salt marshes is better than planting trees for removing global warming gases from the atmosphere.