Sun News Digest


May 16, 2004


Girder collapse kills 3 on highway

In what officials described as a freak accident, a 40-ton girder collapsed onto Interstate 70 west of Denver yesterday, landing on a sport-utility vehicle and killing the three occupants. [Page 3a]

Janklow set to be freed from jail

Former U.S. Rep. Bill Janklow will be released from jail tomorrow after serving 100 days for causing a car wreck that killed a man. There is talk that Janklow is considering a request to leave South Dakota, where he was political kingmaker for 30 years. [Page 3a]

Quiet pews puzzle gay union foes

Conservative Christian leaders say they are surprised and disappointed by what they say is a lack of response from the pews over a proposed constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage - a proposal they concede is all but dead in this election year. [Page 5a]

Kerry plans to party for support

Sen. John Kerry plans to adopt a strategy of former rival Howard Dean and seek support by holding a series of national house parties to reach out to voters. [Page 6a]


Combat pressured interrogators

Evidence is growing that worsening combat in Iraq increased pressure for harsher interrogations of prisoners as Americans searched for information to help them overcome a tenacious insurgency. [Page 1a]

Rumsfeld widened secret program

A secret program that allowed harsh interrogations of al-Qaida prisoners from Afghanistan was expanded to include Iraqi prisoners at the approval of Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld and one of his top aides, a New Yorker article says. [Page 19a]

38 Iraqis killed in violence

U.S. and British forces continued to battle insurgents loyal to a rebel Shiite cleric in at least four Iraqi cities yesterday. At least 38 Iraqis were killed in the fighting, and four U.S. soldiers died - three from combat and a fourth in a road accident. [Page 17a]


Md. prosecutor Montanarelli dies

State Prosecutor Stephen Montanarelli, 75, who for two decades has investigated charges of public corruption and ethics law violations, died Friday night of cancer complications at Franklin Square Hospital Center. The Kingsville resident was remembered yesterday for the integrity and fairness he displayed as he served under four governors. [Page 1b]

No black box in crashed plane

National Safety Transportation Board officials said yesterday that it could take a year to determine why a cargo plane crashed Friday in a neighborhood near Baltimore-Washington International Airport because there was no flight data recorder aboard. The crash killed its pilot. [Page 1b]


`Smarty' has shot at Triple Crown

Smarty Jones leaves his competitors and critics behind with a record 11 1/2 -length victory over Rock Hard Ten in the Preakness, the second leg of the Triple Crown. The Kentucky Derby champion covered 1 3/16-miles in 1 minute, 55.59 seconds to improve his record to 8-0. Eddington ran third. Smarty Jones became the sixth horse in the past eight years to stay alive for the sport's ultimate prize going into the final leg, the Belmont Stakes. [Page 1a]

O's Ainsworth to Triple-A

Orioles pitcher Kurt Ainsworth has been optioned to Triple-A Ottawa after allowing 16 runs over his past two starts. Manager Lee Mazzilli said Rodrigo Lopez (0.33 ERA) will replace Ainsworth, whose ERA ballooned to 9.68 after giving up nine runs in 1 1/3 innings in Friday's 10-9 loss to Anaheim Angels. [Page 6d]

Flyers beat Lightning, 3-2

With a short-handed goal and an assist by Keith Primeau, the Philadelphia Flyers pulled out a 3-2 victory over Tampa Bay Lightning that evened the NHL's Eastern Conference finals at two games apiece. The Flyers scored two goals in a span of 1 1/2 minutes to erase a 1-0 deficit and improve to 7-1 at home this postseason. [Page 9d]

Garcia leads Nelson tournament

Sergio Garcia missed one fairway so far at the PGA Byron Nelson Championship, helping him lead after three rounds. Despite missing seven birdie putts inside 15 feet, Garcia shot a 5-under-par 65 to take a two-stroke lead over Jerry Kelly. [Page 16d]


Sylvan unveils a new name

Sylvan Learning Systems Inc. will have to start from scratch tomorrow when it scraps its respected name and announces its new one: Laureate Education Inc. The switch was necessary after the tutoring centers were sold a year ago. [Page 1f]


"I keep hearing reports and people saying, `Thank God only one person was killed.' But it's likely that the pilot diverted that plane to save lives. He's had a great impact on this small community."

The Rev. Susan E. Duchesneau, pastor of Ferndale United Methodist (Article, Page 1B)



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