Sun News Digest


May 15, 2004


Stocks reflect doubts in India

Sonia Gandhi worked to shore up a new coalition government yesterday after a surprise Parliament election victory Thursday, but stocks plummeted amid uncertainty of her economic strategy. [Page 11a]

Gaza fighting kills 2 Israelis

Two Israeli soldiers were killed by Palestinian gunmen yesterday in the Gaza Strip in violence that has left 13 Israeli soldiers and more than 30 Palestinians dead this week. [Page 11a]

U.S., insurgents clash in Iraq

American forces battled Islamic insurgents in the heart of Najaf yesterday. Amid the fighting, a major Muslim shrine was damaged, prompting calls for revenge. [Page 12a]


Mass. gay marriages get OK

The Supreme Court refused yesterday to block the nation's first state-sanctioned gay marriages. The justices declined without comment, clearing the way for clerks in Massachusetts to issue marriage licenses to gay couples there beginning Monday. [Page 3a]

T. rex bones to be auctioned

Bones from a Tyrannosaurus rex will go on sale in Los Angeles tomorrow in perhaps the largest ever natural history auction. It is the second T. rex auction in history, and it has occasioned sniping and intrigue with the Museum of Natural History in London. [Page 3a]


Fatal plane crash in Ferndale

A small cargo plane carrying checks and financial documents from Philadelphia to Baltimore-Washington International airport crashed in Ferndale yesterday, killing the pilot, Thomas F. Lennon of Drexel Hill, Pa. Investigators are trying to determine the cause of the crash. [Page 1a]

Defense: Teen's thinking affected

A defense expert testified yesterday that teen Ryan Furlough was so depressed and so heavily medicated for his condition that he could not rationally think through his decisions in the days and weeks before he slipped cyanide into a friend's soda can last year. Lawyers will deliver closing arguments Monday. [Page 1b]

Odorite building set to come down

Demolition is ready to begin this morning on a 1915 building in Mount Vernon to make way for a University of Baltimore student center. The Odorite building is being knocked down despite protests from some community groups and preservation activists. [Page 1b]


O's squander 9-run rally

The Orioles came back from a nine-run deficit to tie the game with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning only to lose to the Angels, 10-9, in the 10th on Chone Figgins' two-out single off Jorge Julio. [Page 1c]

Nets outlast Pistons in 3 OTs

Richard Jefferson scored 18 of his 31 points after regulation to lead New Jersey to a 127-120 victory over Detroit and a 3-2 lead in their NBA Eastern Conference semifinal series. It was the fourth playoff game to go three or more overtimes, and the first since the 1993 Finals. [Page 1c]

`Smarty' seeks Preakness party

Smarty Jones, undefeated in seven races, will try today to become the sixth Kentucky Derby winner in the past eight years to win the Preakness. The Cliff's Edge was scratched yesterday because of a foot injury. [Page 5d]


Sylvan centers to go public again

The Sylvan tutoring centers are about to go public again. Their Baltimore-based owner, Educate Inc., filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission yesterday to signal its intent to raise up to $287.5 million through an initial public offering. The Sylvan Learning Center was part of a public company until last July, when it and was sold to Educate Inc. [Page 10c]

Riggs ordered to curb laundering

The Federal Reserve ordered Riggs Banks' parent company yesterday to take steps to prevent money laundering after it was fined $25 million in connection with a probe into possible links to terrorism financing. [Page 10c]

Consumer prices up 0.2% in April

Prices paid by consumers rose 0.2 percent in April, the fifth straight increase, reflecting higher costs for hotel stays, medical care and college tuition, the Labor Department reported yesterday. [Page 10c]


25.4 million watch `Frasier' finale

An audience of 25.4 million viewers tuned into NBC Thursday night for the finale of Frasier, according to preliminary overnight ratings from Nielsen Media Research. The sitcom drew about half the audience that tuned in for the end of Friends (52 million). [Page 4e]


"If the [Iraqi] provisional government asks us to leave, we will leave. I don't think that will happen, but obviously we don't stay in countries where we're not welcome."

L. Paul Bremer III, chief U.S. administrator in Iraq (Article, Page 12A)



Find everything you want to know - the field, the post positions, predicted finishes from the experts - about the second leg of horse racing's Triple Crown, the 129th Preakness today at Pimlico.


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