Sun News Digest


May 09, 2004


Our mission continues, Bush says

President Bush said yesterday that the abuse of Iraqi prisoners by U.S. military guards is "a stain on our country's honor and reputation," but the president said the scandal will not derail America's mission in Iraq. [Page 15a]

Former hostage arrives home

Thomas Hamill, who escaped from his captors in Iraq a week ago, returned to his home in Macon, Miss., yesterday to a throng of cheering family members and friends. The former hostage was among seven U.S. contractors seized April 9. [Page 18a]


Soldiers assign blame higher up

Two military intelligence soldiers assigned to interrogation duties at Abu Ghraib prison say the abuses in the prison were not caused by a few rogue soldiers but were the result of failures that went beyond the low-ranking military police charged so far. [Page 1a]

Detainee describes his ordeal

After his release from Abu Ghraib, former prisoner Hashem Mohsen Lazim was shamed into silence for months about what happened to him there. "Who on earth would believe me?" Lazim said. But now he and others are coming forward to discuss in harrowing detail their time there. [Page 18a]

Abu Ghraib won't be razed

Maj. Gen. Geoffrey Miller, the new commander of American-run prisons in Iraq, said yesterday that he has no plans to tear down Abu Ghraib. He said plans are only to reduce the inmate population from more than 3,000 to between 1,500 and 2,000. [Page 19a]


Man charged in school shootings

Police charged a 20-year-old man with attempted first-degree murder yesterday and issued a warrant for a 17-year-old student in the Friday shooting of four teens outside Randallstown High School. Police believe the attack stemmed from a fight over a girl and that none of the four injured students, two of whom remained hospitalized last night, appears to have been the intended target. [Page 1a]

Smith seeks insurance inquiry

The U.S. Attorney's office has been asked by Baltimore County Executive James T. Smith Jr. to investigate the California company that is processing Tropical Storm Isabel flood insurance claims. Smith said some victims fear the company is thwarting their efforts to receive fair settlements. [Page 1b]


Orioles overcome Indians, 10-7

Jay Gibbons' three-run double highlighted a four-run seventh inning, leading the Orioles over the visiting Indians, 10-7. The Orioles overcame deficits of 4-0 and 7-4 to win for the third time in their past four games. [Page 1e]

Jockey injured at Pimlico

Rick Wilson, 20th all time in victories among jockeys with 4,939, was in critical condition at Maryland Shock Trauma Center after being flipped head over heels to the ground by his mount, Advance to Go, at the start of the second race at Pimlico Race Course. [Page 1e]

CAA tournament title for Tigers

The Towson men's lacrosse team defeated Villanova, 12-7, last night to win its second consecutive Colonial Athletic Association tournament title and earn an automatic berth in the NCAA tournament. [Page 11e]


IRS challenges tax-free bonds

Gulf Breeze and Moore Haven, two tiny Florida communities that issued hundreds of millions of dollars in tax-free municipal securities, and the investors who bought them may be paying a price for their good fortune. The IRS is questioning whether the Treasury was cheated out of millions in tax dollars from the bonds. [Page 1d]

Ocean City, an all-season resort

It used to be that the fortunes of Ocean City businesses depended on the weather and whims of tourists visiting in the roughly 14 weeks between Memorial Day and Labor Day, the bookend holidays of summer. But the Maryland shore is evolving into an all-season escape for residents of Baltimore, Washington, and increasingly places beyond, even in the dead of winter. [Page 1d]


To Broadway via songbook

The ABBA-inspired Mamma Mia! which opens in Baltimore Tuesday, is the most successful example to date of a Broadway trend toward musicals that use existing songs to create a new production. Shows featuring songs of Elvis Presley and the Gershwins are in development. [Page 3f]

Godzilla returns, refreshed

Fifty years after first stomping across movie screens, Godzilla is back. The original, uncut Japanese version opens in theaters this month, and a 28th sequel is scheduled for release later this year. [Page 8f]


Flexibility without fusion

More than 40 area residents have taken part in an FDA clinical trial of a surgical procedure designed to relieve chronic back pain without spinal fusion. In Dynesys, small, flexible spacers are attached to the affected vertebrae, relieving pain without affecting range of motion. [Page 6n]


"I'm really hurt by it. His mother will be floored." Stephen Jefferson, after his son, NHL player Mike Danton, accused his estranged parents of physical and emotional abuse. Danton is being held on federal murder-for-hire charges. (Article, Page 10E)



Get updated Iraq coverage, including coverage of the Abu Ghraib prison abuse scandal, a chance to submit questions for a Q & A with The Sun's Pentagon reporter and archived stories and photo galleries about the war.


Read about events and history of the Preakness, the second jewel in the Triple Crown, at Pimlico Race Course as well as The Sun's coverage of the Triple Crown races and a Q & A with The Sun's horse racing reporter, Tom Keyser.

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