Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

April 30, 2004

NATIONAL

14 implicated soldiers from Md.

Fourteen of 17 soldiers who have been implicated in an investigation of abuse and humiliation of Iraqi detainees at a prison west of Baghdad are from the 372nd Military Police Company based in Cumberland, an Army official said. The 14 soldiers face criminal or administrative charges. [Page 1a]

Bush says he was open with panel

President Bush said he and Vice President Dick Cheney answered every question they were asked when they met privately for more than three hours with the panel investigating the Sept. 11 attacks. Neither commission members nor Bush would give details of the questions or answers. [Page 1a]

War memorial draws thousands

As the sprawling World War II Memorial opened to visitors on the National Mall, a month before its official grand opening on Memorial Day weekend, thousands came to remember, to honor or to learn about the 16 million U.S. men and women who served more than a half-century ago. [Page 3a]

WORLD

Tentative deal reached in Iraq

U.S. Marines in Iraq negotiated a "tentative" deal yesterday that would break the siege of Fallujah. The deal calls for Iraqi forces commanded by a Saddam Hussein-era Iraqi general to patrol city. Elsewhere, 10 U.S. soldiers were killed in attacks. [Page 1a]

Sharon's plan lacks support

Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon scrambled to shore up support for his Gaza withdrawal plan after polls showed that the plan would be rejected by his Likud Party. Sharon warned that a defeat would bring down the Likud government and undermine U.S. support. [Page 11a]

MARYLAND

Montgomery Co. to ban snakeheads

Turn in your snakeheads, Montgomery County Executive Douglas Duncan told residents yesterday, three days after a northern snakehead fish was caught at a Wheaton Park lake. As work began to drain the lake, Duncan said he is imposing a ban on the nonnative fish and would send inspectors to pet stores to ensure they are not being sold. [Page 1b]

BUSINESS

Google unveils IPO plans

Internet search giant Google Inc. filed its highly anticipated initial public offering plans yesterday, revealing details about its profitable business and its expectation of raising $2.7 billion by selling stocks this year. The announcement was the most visible manifestation of a regrowth in the dot-com economy since its crash in 2000. [Page 1a]

Mortgage rates rise above 6%

Home mortgage interest rates moved above 6 percent for the first time this year, after six weeks of increases. Analysts said crossing that mark has pushed buyers into a frantic race to find a home while rates remain near historical lows. Experts expect rates to be between 6.5 percent and 7 percent by the end of this year. [Page 1c]

Convention tourism shows muscle

Baltimore's convention-fueled tourism improved significantly during the usually weak first three months of the year. There was a nearly 50 percent jump in hotel-room use for conventions and meetings from January through March, compared with the corresponding period last year. [Page 1c]

SPORTS

Orioles defeat Mariners, 9-5

Eric DuBose pitched seven strong innings to earn his third victory of the season as the Orioles defeated the Seattle Mariners, 9-5, at Camden Yards. Melvin Mora (four hits), Brian Roberts (four) and Luis Matos (three) led the Orioles' 15-hit attack. [Page 1e]

Jockeys can wear ads, patches

A judge ruled that jockeys will be allowed to wear advertising and union patches on their pants in the Kentucky Derby and other races in Kentucky. The ruling averted a possible showdown between jockeys and racing officials in the country's most-watched race tomorrow at Churchill Downs. [Page 10e]

TODAY

`Nightline' ordered not to air

Baltimore County-based Sinclair Broadcasting Corp. ordered its ABC affiliates not to broadcast tonight's Nightline, on which the names of American soldiers killed in Iraq will be read. Sinclair called the segment politically biased. [Page 1d]

Edwards' final show on NPR

Bob Edwards' voice is "cured like good tobacco and good Kentucky bourbon," both of which he enjoys. Today, that voice will grace NPR's Morning Edition for one final time. [Page 1d]

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"We want to remind people that they all have faces and names and families. If you agree with the war or disagree with the war, these people here have died in our names. We think it's the least we can do, to list their names." Leroy Sievers, executive producer of "Nightline" (Article, Page 1D)

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