Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

May 10, 2004

NATIONAL

Administration faces crisis

The Bush administration faces more of a political crisis over accusations of gross misconduct against a handful of U.S. soldiers than the deaths of more than 760 of their fellow troops in the war. [Page 1A]

Million Mom March returns

The second Million Mom March focuses on a single piece of legislation: the federal assault weapons ban due to expire on Sept. 13. [Page 3A]

Airlines compete for passengers

New Southwest Airlines service in Philadelphia sets in motion a battle for passengers between low-fare carriers and traditional airlines that epitomizes what is going on nationwide. [Page 3A]

More photos of abuse emerge

As Democrats continue their calls for Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld to resign over the prison abuse scandal, more photographic evidence surfaces of U.S. soldiers abusing Iraqi detainees. [Page 4A]

WORLD

Bomb kills Chechen president

Chechen President Akhmad Kadyrov, a 52-year-old Muslim cleric, was killed yesterday after a bomb exploded inside a stadium in the capital of the rebellious Russian republic. Although no one claimed responsibility for the attack, the Kremlin assumed that the bomb had been planted by Chechen separatists. [Page 1A]

U.S. soldier to be court-martialed

Army officials in Baghdad announced yesterday that Spc. Jeremy C. Sivits, 24, would be the first soldier to be court-martialed in what could be a string of public military trials in the abuse of Iraqi detainees. Accused of having taken some of the infamous photographs, Sivits faces trial May 19. [Page 1A]

Sharon cancels U.S. trip

Saying that he intends to create a new plan for withdrawing from the Gaza Strip, Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon canceled a planned trip to the United States yesterday after his party rejected his original proposal. [Page 8A]

5 arrested in Italian raid

Anti-terrorism police in northern Italy arrested five North African men yesterday in pre-dawn raids that authorities said were aimed at preventing an al-Qaida-linked cell from sending suicide bombers to Iraq. "Their departure for Iraq was near," an Italian police chief said. [Page 8A]

MEDICINE & SCIENCE

Debating designer babies

The same technology used to prevent births of babies with serious diseases can also be used to select a child's gender. Someday, parents may be able to select other traits. But how far should we go in customizing kids? [Page 10A]

Tiny molecules have big potential

Few people have heard of nanotubes. But these carbon molecules have remarkable lightness and strength and may one day lead to faster computers and a host of other improved products. [Page 11A]

MARYLAND

City Council to face grand jury

Baltimore City Council members are scheduled to begin testifying this week before a federal grand jury investigating the officials' finances, relations with businesses and campaign records, according to sources familiar with the investigation and a subpoena obtained by The Sun. [Page 1B]

Shooting suspect in custody

A suspect in Friday's shootings outside Randallstown High School surrendered to police yesterday, as school officials prepared for the resumption of classes this morning. Matthew McCullough, 17, was charged with attempted first-degree murder. Two other suspects remained at large last night.

[Page 1A]

Hearing set on sentencing

The Maryland Court of Appeals will hold a hearing today on whether to limit the wide authority of judges to shorten the sentences of violent criminals. [Page 1B]

TODAY

Historic shipyard to be razed

When the "Propeller Yard" building at 801 Key Highway falls May 19 to the wrecking ball in a blaze of fireworks - to make way for the Ritz Carlton condos - another part of old Baltimore will slip away. [Page 1C]

Reviewing the film festival

The 2004 edition of the Maryland Film Festival fades to black, leaving highs, lows, numb eyeballs and a mark on Baltimore. [Page 1C]

`Van Helsing' slays competition

The monster movie opens at the top slot, taking in $54.2 million over the weekend at the box office. The Olsen twins' comedy New York Minute made its debut in fourth place with $6.2 million. [Page 3C]

SPORTS

New basketball coach at Towson

Montana's Pat Kennedy will be introduced as basketball coach at Towson University today, sources say. "I'm 99.9 percent sure he's on his way," an associate of Kennedy's in Missoula said last night. It would be Kennedy's fifth head coaching job. [Page 1D]

Lakers beat Spurs in 3rd game

The Los Angeles Lakers beat the Spurs to cut San Antonio's lead to 2-1 in the Western Conference semifinals. Shaquille O'Neal had 28 points, 15 rebounds, five assists and eight blocked shots, and Kobe Bryant added 22 points, six rebounds and six assists for the Lakers. Only seven NBA teams have come back to win a best-of-seven series after losing the first two games. [Page 1D]

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"Either you're going to wear out the bullpen or you're going to wear out

the manager." Orioles manager Lee Mazzilli on yesterday's win (Article, Page 1d)

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