Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

May 19, 2004

NATIONAL

9/11 hearings move to N.Y.

The latest round of public hearings held by the 9/11 Commission brought members to Lower Manhattan, just one mile from Ground Zero, and shifted the subject of the investigation from the federal government's alleged intelligence failures to possible deficiencies in New York City's emergency response procedures. [Page 1a]

Abuse suspects use single defense

Most of the lawyers for the U.S. soldiers accused of abusing Iraqi prisoners have lined up behind a single defense strategy: the notion that their clients were simply following orders to soften up detainees for interrogators. It is a defense that rarely works. [Page 1a]

Greenspan wins renomination

Facing troubling economic issues, President Bush sought to reassure the nation by formally renominating Alan Greenspan to a four-year term as chairman of the Federal Reserve. [Page 9a]

WORLD

Iraqi doubts on eve of trials

A lack of understanding of the American legal system could leave many Iraqis unsatisfied with the process and the outcomes of the prisoner abuse courts-martial. [Page 4a]

Gandhi won't be prime minister

In an announcement that stunned her supporters in the Congress Party, Sonia Gandhi said that she would humbly decline to become India's next prime minister. [Page 10a]

Israelis push Gaza offensive

Israeli forces continued their biggest offensive in the Gaza Strip in more than three years of fighting, killing at least 20 Palestinians in a series of attacks. [Page 10a]

MARYLAND

Clark takes temporary leave

Baltimore Police Commissioner Kevin P. Clark agreed to take a temporary paid leave until the completion of an investigation into a domestic dispute involving his fiancee. Howard County police said they will conduct the investigation. [Page 1a]

Twins' deaths prompt questions

The deaths of 1-month-old twins have prompted questions about how the state protects children from their abusive parents. Baltimore Health Commissioner Dr. Peter L. Beilenson said he is frustrated that recommendations he offered more than four months ago have apparently been ignored by state officials. [Page 1a]

Patient safety warning issued

State Health Secretary Nelson J. Sabatini severely criticized the nation's system for regulating hospitals, warning that patient safety problems as serious as those found at Maryland General Hospital likely are occurring at facilities across the country. [Page 1a]

SPORTS

Orioles beat Mariners, 7-2

The Orioles started their six-game West Coast trip with a 7-2 victory over the Seattle Mariners, getting another solid pitching performance from Daniel Cabrera. The rookie right-hander held the Mariners to two runs on six hits over 6 2/3 innings to earn his second win in as many starts. [Page 1c]

Johnson throws perfect game

The Arizona Diamondbacks' Randy Johnson became the oldest pitcher in major league history to throw a perfect game, retiring all 27 hitters in a 2-0 victory over the Braves in Atlanta. The 40-year-old left-hander struck out 13 in pitching the 15th perfect game in Major League Baseball's modern era. [Page 1c]

BUSINESS

U.S. wage growth sluggish

Despite an expanding economy and improved productivity in recent years, American workers are experiencing sluggish growth in wages. Adjusted for inflation, many workers essentially took home the same pay last year that they did in 2001. [Page 1d]

TODAY

Red-carpet preview at Senator

The red carpet was rolled out and hundreds, including star and rapper Mos Def, were on hand last night at the Senator Theater for a sneak preview of the new HBO movie, Something the Lord Made. The film, which tells the story of Hopkins medicine researcher Vivien Thomas, was shot in Baltimore and airs May 30. [Page 1e]

Tony Randall dies at 84

Tony Randall, the spry and acerbic actor best known to millions as neat freak Felix Unger in television's The Odd Couple, died Monday night in his sleep at the NYU Medical Center in Manhattan, his publicist said. Randall, 84, died from complications of pneumonia. [Page 1e]

TODAY ONLINE

FOLLOW MICHAEL PHELPS

Read The Sun's recent stories about Michael Phelps, the phenomenal teen-age swimmer from Towson who is expected to dominate at the Summer Olympics in Athens. www.baltimoresun.com/phelps

CELEBRITY OBITS

With the death of actor Tony Randall, here's a chance to recall the personalities from the world of arts and entertainment who have passed away during the year -- in our photo gallery. www.baltimoresun.com/2004obits

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"The bottom wing sliced right through the office, and it stuck in my office door 20 feet away from where I huddled under my desk."

Stanley Praimnath, World Trade Center survivor (Article, Page 1A

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