Sun News Digest


May 20, 2004


Giuliani defends 9/11 response

Interrupted by jeers from relatives of Sept. 11 victims, former Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani defended New York City's reaction to the disaster while members of the federal commission investigating the attacks questioned the response of emergency workers. [Page 3a]

Abizaid links manpower, abuses

Gen. John P. Abizaid acknowledged that the shortage of troops in Iraq was one cause of the abuse of Iraqi prisoners at Abu Ghraib. However, he repeated assertions that the shortage is limited to military police, military intelligence and civil affairs officers, not combat troops. [Page 17a]


Soldier gets 1 year for abuse

Asked during his court-martial to describe his time working at Abu Ghraib, Spc. Jeremy C. Sivits' response was blunt: "Just like hell." Sivits entered a guilty plea for his role in the abuses and was sentenced to a year in prison, a demotion and a discharge. [Page 1a]

40 Iraqis killed in U.S. attack

U.S. aircraft fired on what some Iraqis said was a wedding party at a house near the Syrian border. More than 40 people were killed, including children. The U.S. military said it believed the target was a safehouse for foreign fighters. [Page 1a]

Israelis fire on Gaza protest

An Israeli tank and helicopter opened fire on a Palestinian protest march in the Gaza Strip, killing several people and further plunging the region into turmoil. [Page 14a]


More questions in twins' deaths

State and city officials said that after being called by a concerned hospital worker, the Baltimore Department of Social Services should have dispatched a caseworker to investigate a 17-year-old girl who had a history of abusing a child and had just delivered twins. The twins were later found dead. Their parents have been charged with murder. [Page 1a]

Paper ballots may not be counted

About 100 Maryland voters who requested paper ballots for the March primary because they did not trust the state's new touch-screen voting machines may never have their votes counted. The provisional ballots they filled out at the polls have been rejected by local elections boards. Some angry voters are demanding that the votes be tallied. [Page 1b]


Bill Cosby, schools join forces

Philadelphia kids will get help with homework from Bill Cosby. The comedian will appear on and be a creative consultant for the school district's local-access station. Programs will reinforce lesson plans and give parents the opportunity to talk with their children about education. [Page 2c]

Cannes favorite unaccounted for

The Cannes Film Festival names its winner Saturday, but attendees at the French resort have yet to see the movie considered the favorite. The buzz is that Hong Kong director Wong Kar-wai's 2046 isn't finished. [Page 3c]


OPEC weighs boosting output

The Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries may approve Saudi Arabia's plan to boost oil output quotas as soon as this weekend because of concerns that near record-high prices will slow economic growth. [Page 1d]

Ritz-Carlton project under way

The Ritz-Carlton Residences, a long-delayed luxury condominium project planned on prime Inner Harbor land, officially got under way last night as a hoe bit into an abandoned warehouse on the site. The building will give way to a $155 million collection of 165 waterfront condos selling for $600,000 to $3 million and a spa, shops and a white-table-cloth restaurant. [Page 1d]


Bedard gets first win

Erik Bedard earned his first major league victory as the Orioles defeated the Seattle Mariners, 5-2. Bedard held Seattle to two runs on four hits over 6 2/3 innings, getting a career-high seven strikeouts. [Page 1e]

U.S. sprinter loses eligibility

United States sprinter Kelli White becomes the first athlete to take a fall in the San Francisco Bay-area steroid lab investigation. White, who is said to have used steroids and an illegal hormone, was suspended for two years and lost her eligibility to compete in the Summer Olympics. [Page 1a]

T'wolves take series with Kings

Kevin Garnett had 32 points and 21 rebounds to lead the Minnesota Timberwolves over the Sacramento Kings, 83-80, and into the NBA Western Conference finals. The Timberwolves won the series, 4-3, and will play the Los Angeles Lakers in the conference finals. [Page 1e]



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"Just like hell."

Spc. Jeremy C. Sivits, at his court-martial, describing working conditions at Abu Ghraib (Article, Page 1A)














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