Sun News Digest


May 13, 2004


"This is nowhere near as big a field as in Kentucky. And we've had a lot of luck in the 7 hole. The Kentucky Derby was his seventh win in a row. With that post open, there was no reason to change."

John Servis, trainer of Smarty Jones, after picking the No. 7 post for the Preakness (Article, Page 1E)


Lawmakers shaken by photos

The abuse of Iraqi prisoners by U.S. troops went beyond the photos seen by most Americans, lawmakers said yesterday after viewing fresh pictures and video that they said depicted forced sex, brutality and dogs snarling at cowed prisoners. [Page 1a]

Slain civilian wanted to help

A weight lifter and amateur comedian, Nicholas Berg, killed by his captors in Iraq, had a desire to help people around the world. The 26-year-old was remembered yesterday as generous, outgoing and funny. [Page 1a]

Nader endorsed by Reform Party

Independent Ralph Nader, reviled by some Democrats for his presidential bid, was endorsed by the Reform Party, giving him ballot access in at least seven states, including Florida and Michigan. [Page 3a]


Second Israeli armored vehicle hit

In the second attack of its kind in two days, an explosion destroyed an Israeli armored vehicle in the Gaza Strip yesterday, killing five soldiers. Hours later, an Israeli missile attack reportedly killed seven Palestinians. [Page 22a]

Al-Sadr militia attacked in cities

Fighting raged in the holy Shiite cities of Najaf and Karbala yesterday as U.S. forces continued to advance on militia loyal to radical cleric Muqtada al-Sadr. Al-Sadr compared his militia's struggle to the Vietnam War. [Page 12a]

2 more from MP unit to be tried

Two more soldiers from a Western Maryland military police company will be court-martialed at public trials in the treatment of detainees at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq, the Army announced yesterday. [Page 14a]


Inner-city rowhouses sell well

Eighty-seven inner-city rowhouses, many of them rental properties, sold for an average price of $30,000 at auction, reinforcing the idea that Baltimore's low-end investment property market has turned the corner. [Page 1a]

Teen-ager averts murder trial

A teen-ager who prosecutors say admitted participating in a carjacking-slaying in the Annapolis historic district will not be tried for murder after Maryland's highest court ruled that the police improperly questioned him after he asked for a lawyer. [Page 1b]


`Frasier' ends 11 years on air

Another long-running television comedy will say goodbye tonight, as Frasier signs off after completing an 11-year run on NBC. [Page 1c]

Disney to sell Moore documentary

The Walt Disney Co., which had blocked the release of Michael Moore's documentary Fahrenheit 9/11, will sell the rights to Miramax Film Corp. Disney had noted the film's strong criticism of President Bush's handling of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. [Page 2c]


Dow ends up, after earlier plunge

The Dow Jones industrial average took a startling U-turn yesterday, plunging more than 165 points before bargain hunters sent it rocketing back up to close 25 points ahead. [Page 1d]

Goal is to regain investors' trust

In Baltimore, private and federal regulators laid out a plan to win back investors' trust for a securities industry rocked by trading scandals. Brokerages should make fees, statements and other key information more transparent to customers, they said. [Page 1d]

Steps taken to avoid blackout

The North American Electric Reliability Council, which oversees the nation's power grid, says it has taken steps to guard against a repeat of last summer's blackout, but the system remains vulnerable as utilities contend with increased deregulation. [Page 1d]


Smarty Jones gets No. 7 position

Kentucky Derby winner Smarty Jones, picking second in the Preakness draw, landed in the No. 7 post position and outside Lion Heart, with whom he dueled down the stretch at the Derby. Lion Heart will be on the rail, with Imperialism, third in the Derby, in the No. 8 position. [Page 1e]

Orioles/Sox game rained out

Last night's Orioles game with the Chicago White Sox was postponed by rain and will be made up as part of a doubleheader at 2 p.m. today. Shortstop Miguel Tejada, who had to come out of Tuesday's game with leg cramps, is expected to be in the lineup. [Page 6e]

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