Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

April 25, 2004

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NATIONAL

Protest in D.C. has festive mood

About 1,000 protesters paraded through Washington yesterday during meetings of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund. The atmosphere was festive as demonstrations denounced issues from globalization to the Iraq war. 3A

Bush ads target Kerry leadership

President Bush's campaign is preparing to unleash campaign ads questioning Democratic rival John Kerry's credentials on national security. The renewed focus from the White House underscores what is becoming the central question of the campaign: Will voters view Kerry as a strong enough leader during a time of war? 8A

9/11 panel to criticize air defense

In its final report, the commission investigating the Sept. 11 attacks is expected to denounce the Pentagon's domestic air-defense command. The report, commission officials say, suggest that the attack on the Pentagon could have been prevented by quicker military reaction. 9A

WORLD

Deadly violence across Iraq

At least six U.S. service members and dozens of Iraqis were killed yesterday. Two American sailors died when a boat they were preparing to board in the Persian Gulf blew up. Four soldiers were killed in a mortar attack near Baghdad. At least seven Iraqis were killed in explosions in Baghdad, and a bus bombing south of the capital killed at least 13 Iraqis. 1A

Cyprus reunification plan fails

A United Nations plan to reunite war-divided Cyprus collapsed yesterday when Greek Cypriots rejected the plan. The rejection means Cyprus will not enter the European Union on May 1 as a united state. 16A

MARYLAND

New ways to ease traffic needed

Little land is left for expansion of the Baltimore Beltway, so after planned lane-widening projects are completed, highway officials will have to find other ways to keep traffic moving. 1A

Adviser in scheme to be sentenced

A Howard County investment adviser who was part of a nationwide scheme that defrauded more than 600 investors of $43 million is scheduled to be sentenced Friday in federal court in Ohio after pleading guilty to conspiracy and securities fraud. 1B

BUSINESS

Md. to apply for drug-buying pool

The Ehrlich administration is moving to join an interstate drug-buying pool to try to curb medication costs for Medicaid recipients. The cooperative, federally approved last week, is expected to save participating states more than $12 million this year. 1A

SPORTS

No. 1 pick Manning traded

San Diego Chargers made Eli Manning the No. 1 pick in the NFL draft, then traded the quarterback to the New York Giants. The Ravens, who didn't have a first-round choice, selected Oregon State defensive tackle Dwan Edwards with the 51st pick. 1E

Hopkins beats Navy in OT

Conor Ford scored his fifth goal of the game with three seconds left in the first overtime, giving top-ranked Johns Hopkins a 10-9 men's lacrosse victory over No. 2 Navy. The victory was the Blue Jays' 30th in a row over the Midshipmen. 1E

Blue Jays topple Orioles, 5-4

Frank Catalanotto's RBI single off reliever Mike DeJean in the top of the 12th inning lifted the last-place Blue Jays over the Orioles, 5-4, dropping them out of first place in the American League East. Orioles starting pitcher Erik Bedard was knocked out in the fourth inning. 1E

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"If society has embraced technology - which is a great thing - so have criminals, because that's where the money is."

Harold Hendershot, FBI cybercrimes

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