Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

May 02, 2004

NATIONAL

Army to expand probe of abuses

The Army says it is expanding its investigation of Iraqi prisoner abuses to include military intelligence units and civilian contractors, while an Army report obtained by The New Yorker accuses Western Maryland reservists of "sadistic, blatant, and wanton criminal abuses." [Page 1a]

Communities deal with publicity

The emotional impact over the global publicity of the treatment of Iraqi prisoners is likely to have profound effects in communities near Cumberland, where many soldiers involved in the controversy are from. [Page 1a]

Bush vows to finish work in Iraq

President Bush said yesterday that the United States will pursue its work in Iraq despite the violence. He also defended his comments a year ago when he declared major combat operations in Iraq had ended. "I also cautioned Americans that ... the war against terror would go on," he said. [Page 3a]

Covert searches up 85%

A Justice Department report said yesterday that the number of secret searches in the United States has surged 85 percent in the past two years, underscoring changes in domestic surveillance allowed under the USA Patriot Act. [Page 10a]

WORLD

Attack leaves at least 5 dead

Gunmen stormed an engineering office in Saudi Arabia yesterday, killing five foreign engineers - including two Americans - and several Saudis. The gunmen also dragged a hostage behind their stolen vehicle before police shot and killed three assailants. [Page 16a]

3 Jordanian officers released

Three Jordanian police officers, detained after a Kosovo prison shootout killed three U.S. corrections officers and an assailant, were released yesterday. Officials are investigating whether the officers has a role in the shootings last month. The officers could only be held without formal charges for 15 days under Kosovo law. [Page 16a]

Tabloid accuses British troops

Unauthenticated images of British soldiers abusing Iraqi prisoners were published in London's Daily Mirror yesterday, sparking more international outrage and raising further questions over coalition treatment of war prisoners. [Page 18a]

MARYLAND

Work on apartments set to begin

Despite months of delay, city officials and the developer say work on the Zenith, a luxury apartment tower planned for Pratt and Paca streets, should begin by late summer. Developer Brian D. Morris has received a subpoena from federal prosecutors who may be looking at city efforts to assist minority-owned companies. [Page 1a]

Medicaid abuses costing millions

The state may be paying up to $12 million a year in Medicaid funds on foreign visitors not entitled to state-paid medical care, according to Maryland officials who say they are tightening controls to prevent abuses. [Page 1b]

Ex-TV anchor, Hertsgaard, dies

Rolf Hertsgaard, who anchored evening newscasts on WBAL-TV from 1958 to 1973, died late Friday night at his home in Parkville. He was 81. [Page 1b]

BUSINESS

Lots of go from a little gasoline

J.K. Technologies, a Hampden auto importer, is working to bring an antidote to soaring gasoline prices in America. It's the Smart Car: a tiny two-seater by Mercedes Benz and Swatch that is all the rage in Europe. The car can get up to 63 miles per gallon and can fit two to a parking space. [Page 2d]

SPORTS

Smarty Jones takes Derby

Smarty Jones, the 4-1 favorite, overtook Lion Heart down the stretch and won by 2 3/4 lengths to become the Kentucky Derby's first undefeated victor since Triple Crown champion Seattle Slew in 1977. Smarty Jones earned the $854,800 first prize and a $5 million bonus for sweeping the Rebel, Arkansas Derby and Kentucky Derby. [Page 1e]

Orioles defeated in 13th inning

Coco Crisp's one-out single in the bottom of the 13th inning off Mike DeJean scored Matt Lawton, giving the Indians a 3-2 victory over the Orioles. [Page 1e]

Blast wins 2nd consecutive title

The Blast defeated the visiting Wave, 6-2, to sweep Milwaukee in the best-of-five Major Indoor Soccer League championship series and win its second consecutive title. [Page 1e]

Hopkins tames Towson, 13-8

Leading by one goal early in the fourth quarter, top-ranked Johns Hopkins scored five straight times to put away the No. 10 Tigers, 13-8, in men's lacrosse before 5,955 on homecoming at Homewood Field. [Page 11e]

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"There're a lot of people who doubted this horse because of the route we took. But because he's such a great story, I think a lot of people were rooting for this horse."

John Servis, Smarty Jones' trainer (Article, Page 1E)

TODAY ONLINE

PREAKNESS Q & A

Submit questions to The Sun's Tom Keyser about the Preakness, Kentucky Derby and other horse racing topics. Answers will be posted on the site Wednesday. www.baltimoresun.com/preakness

THOSE NOISY CICADAS

It's been 17 years -- prepare for a swarm of noisy insects during May and June. Our coverage includes archived stories, photo galleries, sound clips and more about the dreaded bug. www.baltimoresun.com/cicadas

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