Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

May 06, 2004

NATIONAL

Bush says scandal hurts U.S.

In interviews with Arab-language media, President Bush did not offer an apology for abuses at Abu Ghraib prison near Baghdad, but he acknowledged that the week-old scandal had inflicted "terrible" damage on America's image in the Middle East. [Page 1a]

Rumsfeld knew of abuse photos

Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld knew in mid-January about the graphic photos that depicted Maryland soldiers abusing Iraqi prisoners and was kept abreast of the investigation, Pentagon officials said. [Page 1a]

$25 billion sought for Iraq

The Bush administration is seeking $25 billion to fund the first months of next year's U.S. operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. Previously, the White House planned to ask for the money after the November elections. [Page 3a]

WORLD

U.S. troops hit cleric's militia

U.S. forces launched a major assault against the militia of Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr. At least 15 Iraqis and one U.S. solider were killed in raids in several cities south of Baghdad. [Page 12a]

Ill will toward U.S. festers

With the continued global focus on the Iraqi prisoner abuse scandal, international opposition to President Bush's foreign policy is in danger of turning into a broader resentment of America in general, analysts warn. [Page 16a]

MARYLAND

Special session on slots possible

Legislative leaders are seriously considering the prospect of a special session of the General Assembly this summer to authorize a November referendum on legalizing slot machine gambling. [Page 1a]

Schaefer outburst criticized

Comptroller William Donald Schaefer generated criticism from immigrant-rights activists for a tirade he unleashed against Maryland residents who don't speak English, saying they should "adjust to us." The comptroller's outburst was prompted by difficulties he says he has had talking with workers at fast-food restaurants. [Page 1b]

WW II munitions close tunnel

Baltimore's Harbor Tunnel Thruway was shut down last night and access to a wide area around Fairfield restricted as explosives experts examined large World War II-era munitions discovered near an old shipyard. The restrictions could close businesses today, affect shipping channels and ban air traffic overhead. [Page 1a]

SPORTS

O's fall to White Sox, 6-5

The White Sox beat the Orioles, 6-5, taking two of three games in the series. Jay Gibbons and Javy Lopez homered for the Orioles, who loaded the bases with no outs in the ninth inning but stranded the potential tying run on third base. [Page 1c]

Smarty Jones back home

Kentucky Derby winner Smarty Jones returned to Philadelphia Park, his home track, for the first time since his victory in Louisville. Philadelphia Park officials have invited the public to watch him work out at 8:30 a.m. Saturday. [Page 1c]

BUSINESS

Boomer investing skills lacking

They wield enormous financial clout, but many baby boomers and older consumers are poor money managers because they lack the time needed to understand the increasingly complex world of investments, according to a report released today by AARP. [Page 1d]

Legg Mason posts strong gains

Legg Mason Inc. scooped up billions of dollars in new assets and rode a surging stock market to an 89 percent gain in its fiscal fourth-quarter profit, the company reported yesterday. Those strong earnings put an exclamation point on another record year for the Baltimore-based financial services company. [Page 1d]

Stewart loses bid for new trial

A federal judge refused to grant Martha Stewart a new trial, dismissing claims that a juror lied to conceal a bias against the celebrity homemaker. The decision by U.S. District Judge Miriam Goldman Cedarbaum clears the way for a hearing next month at which Stewart could be sentenced to more than a year for lying about a stock sale. [Page 1d]

TODAY

Cicadas to be here in days

City Health Commissioner Peter L. Beilenson holds a news conference to announce that the arrival of 17-year cicadas is days away and to assure us that there is no need to panic. [Page 1e]

Disney blocks Moore film

Walt Disney Co. has blocked the release of Oscar-winning filmmaker Michael Moore's Fahrenheit 9/11, a critical look at President Bush's handling of the Sept. 11 attacks. The film will be screened at the Cannes Film Festival in France next week. [Page 3e]

TODAY ONLINE

REPORT ON ABUSES

Read the scathing report that has ignited a major controversy - Army Maj. Gen. Antonio M. Taguba's 53-page examination of the abuse of detainees at Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison. www.baltimoresun.com/iraq

PREAKNESS Q & A

The Sun's horse racing writer, Tom Keyser, answers your questions about the Preakness, the Kentucky Derby and other racing topics. www.baltimoresun.com/preakness

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"The people in the Middle East must understand that this was horrible."

President Bush, speaking to satellite network Al-Arabiya about abuses at Abu Ghraib prison near Baghdad. (Article, Page 1A)

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