Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

May 01, 2004

NATIONAL

Bush says abusers to be punished

President Bush expressed "deep disgust" over allegations that a group of U.S. troops - some from an Army Reserve unit from Maryland - abused and humiliated Iraqi prisoners, saying that those responsible would be punished. [Page 1a]

A look into Abu Ghraib prison

Staff Sgt. Ivan "Chip" Frederick's journal of life in Abu Ghraib prison is a shocking peek into a chaotic world of torment and an effort to shift guilt to higher-ups in the military. In the accounts, soldiers are described as overworked, undertrained and no match for some of the prisoners. [Page 1a]

WORLD

EU expands into ex-Soviet bloc

Ten Eastern European countries joined the European Union yesterday, creating a 25-nation economic giant with the potential to rival the United States. Heads of state were gathering in Ireland, which holds the EU presidency, for a formal "Day of Welcomes" in Dublin today. [Page 12a]

MARYLAND

Carroll County gets OK for bypass

Carroll County officials were notified this week that they could proceed with their No. 1 transportation priority: a six-mile, $48 million bypass around Hampstead. The project had been on hold since 1998, when a pair or endangered turtles were discovered in the route of the road. The county has agreed to maintain a permanent habitat for the bog turtles. [Page 1a]

Guardian competent in Jobes case

A state psychiatrist has found Satrina Roberts competent to stand trial for the 2002 torture death of 15-year-old Ciara Jobes. The report found that state social workers knew Roberts was abusing Ciara but did nothing to stop it, and found it "shocking" Roberts was given custody of the child while she suffered from a severe mental illness. [Page 1b]

MEDICINE/SCIENCE

DNR proposes snakehead ban

Maryland natural resources officials proposed a ban on snakeheads yesterday, four days after one of the fish turned up in a Montgomery County pond. But legislators were angry because they thought the prohibition was imposed last year. [Page 1b]

SPORTS

Indians pummel O's, 11-2

Sidney Ponson gave up six earned runs and nine hits in 3 2/3 innings of the Orioles' 11-2 loss at Cleveland. In his past two starts, Ponson, the team's No. 1 starter, has allowed 13 earned runs and 19 hits over nine innings. [Page 1c]

R. Lewis reaches settlement

Six weeks before a scheduled civil trial was due to begin, Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis reached a financial settlement Thursday with Kellye Smith, daughter of Richard Lollar, one of two men killed in a fight in Atlanta after the Super Bowl four years ago. [Page 1c]

Wimbledon pulled from Derby

Wimbledon was withdrawn from today's Kentucky Derby with an injury to his left front ankle. Jerry Bailey, the country's top jockey, and Bob Baffert, a three-time Derby-winning trainer, will sit out the first leg of thoroughbred racing's Triple Crown. [Page 1c]

Williams beats toughest charge

Former NBA player Jayson Williams was acquitted of manslaughter in the shotgun slaying of a limousine driver at his mansion, but was found guilty of trying to cover up the shooting. Williams, 36, was convicted on four of six lesser charges. [Page 1c]

BUSINESS

More insurer layoffs expected

Newly merged, the St. Paul Travelers Cos. said this week that it is planning to save $300 million by eliminating jobs, consolidating offices and trimming expenses. That could mean significant cuts in the company's 700-person Baltimore operation. [Page 1a]

TODAY

McCain criticizes Sinclair move

Sen. John McCain, an Arizona Republican, ripped the Sinclair Broadcast Group yesterday for its decision not to air a Nightline segment featuring the names of American service members killed in Iraq. [Page 1d]

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"Any forces that would impose their will on other nations will certainly face defeat."

Vo Nguyen Giap, North Vietnamese general whose strategies wore out the French colonial regime and U.S. military (Article, Page 9A)

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TODAY ONLINE

SNAKEHEADS Q & A

Submit questions to The Sun's Dennis O'Brien about the northern snakehead fish and its eradication. Answers will be posted on the site Tuesday. www.baltimoresun.com/snakeheads

KENTUCKY DERBY PREVIEW

Get complete coverage of the Kentucky Derby from Sun horseracing writer Tom Keyser. Read his race preview, commentary on the entrants and race predictions. www.baltimoresun.com/sports

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