Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

May 11, 2004

NATIONAL

Reopening Emmett Till case

It's been more than half a century since a 14-year-old black boy was brutally killed in Mississippi after he whistled, or perhaps spoke suggestively, to a white woman. Now the Justice Department has reopened the case of Emmett Till, whose killing helped launch the civil rights movement. [Page 1a]

Kerry criticizes health care costs

Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry said yesterday his health care proposal to reduce soaring premiums and cut fraud and waste is the remedy for a system "badly broken" under President Bush. Accusing Bush of ignoring a steady rise in health care costs, Kerry began a weeklong trek to battleground states where he contends families are struggling to pay their medical bills.[Page 3a]

FOR THE RECORD - The caption with a photo of the Peabody Library that appeared with yesterday's Sun Digest indicated that special collections curator Cynthia H. Requardt was in the photo. She was not. The Sun regrets the error.

WORLD

Abuse of Iraqi prisoners

Britain's defense secretary told Parliament yesterday that the British military acted swiftly to investigate alleged mistreatment of prisoners by its forces in Iraq. The military is close to bringing charges in two cases of brutality by British soldiers, he said. [Page 10a]

U.S. forces kill 35 militiamen

U.S. forces destroy the Baghdad office of radical Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr and kill 35 of his militiamen in a military campaign aimed at ending al-Sadr's 6-week-old insurgency.[Page 10a]

MARYLAND

Final shooting suspects arrested

As Randallstown High School students returned to class yesterday, police arrested and charged the final two suspects and found the handgun they believe was used in the shooting Friday that left four students injured. [Page 1a]

Limits on sentencing power

Maryland's highest court adopts the first restrictions on the nearly unbridled power of state judges to shorten the sentences of criminals, barring judges from cutting any sentence more than five years after it was imposed. [Page 1b]

Bombs posed no threat

Military officials said that all 12 bombs found at an industrial site along the Baltimore waterfront were practice weapons full of concrete. The bombs were blown up over the weekend by military experts.[Page 1b]

BUSINESS

Price of existing homes rising

Sale prices of existing homes in the Baltimore area surged again last month as buyers raced an increase in mortgage rates to record what may be the peak in a three-year housing boom. [Page 1c]

Tax refunds fall below forecasts

Taxpayers received refunds this spring that were, on average, about 5 percent higher than a year ago -- far short of the double-digit percentage increases that some forecasters had predicted. [Page 1c]

Cleaning up mutual funds industry

Eight months after widespread trading scandals rocked the $7.5 trillion mutual fund industry, many critics and insiders give the Securities and Exchange Commission a mixed grade for its efforts to clean up an industry that nearly half of American households rely on. [Page 1c]

TODAY

Tony nominees have local ties

The musical Wicked earns 10 Tony Award nominations, putting several people with Baltimore ties in line for trophies as Broadway's best. Awards will be handed out June 6. [Page 1d]

Singer to serve jail time

Country singer Glen Campbell is sentenced to 10 days in an Arizona jail for extreme drunken driving -- a blood-alcohol level of 0.15 or higher -- and leaving the scene of a November accident near his Phoenix home. [Page 2d]

Actress Kate Beckinsale weds

Actress Kate Beckinsale sheds her single status as well as the goth outfits she's been poured into for Underworld and Van Helsing as she marries director Len Wiseman. The bride wore Vera Wang. [Page 2d]

SPORTS

Hopkins top-seeded in lacrosse

For the third straight year, Johns Hopkins received the No. 1 seed in the NCAA Division I men's lacrosse tournament. Navy, Maryland and Syracuse followed in that order. Play will begin Saturday. [Page 1e]

Honors for high school athletes

Hereford basketball guard Kasey Sonnefeld and Boys' Latin football guard Alex Becker were selected at the McCormick Unsung Heroes Awards Banquet to receive college scholarships.[Page 10e]

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