Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

May 22, 2004

NATIONAL

Kerry considers delay tactic

John Kerry is considering delaying his acceptance of the Democratic presidential nomination at the party's July convention so that he can keep raising and spending donations. [Page 3a]

Bush to describe Iraq strategy

President Bush will give a speech Monday night in which he plans to detail his strategy for Iraq, his aides said yesterday. Meanwhile, U.S. generals said they expect more violence if the plan to transfer power to Iraqis by June 30 goes ahead as scheduled. [Page 3a]

WORLD

Attacks target Moscow officials

In an increasingly common occurrence, assailants tried to kill three federal officials in separate attacks in Moscow yesterday. One justice official was killed and a judge and a mint director were seriously injured. [Page 11a]

Israel pulls back from Rafah

After three days of fighting that left at least 40 Palestinians dead in the Gaza Strip, Israeli troops began pulling back from positions in a refugee camp. [Page 11a]

Suspects held in beheading

U.S. authorities in Iraq announced that two men were being held in connection with the beheading of U.S. civilian Nicholas Berg while American forces battled Shiite militia members south of Baghdad, killing 18 insurgents. [Page 13a]

MARYLAND

Closed meeting draws criticism

State insurance commissioner Alfred W. Redmer Jr. has scheduled an invitation-only meeting for Monday to hear concerns from industry executives, sparking criticism from lawmakers and observers who questioned the closed nature of the gathering. [Page 1a]

Brooklyn girl may meet mother

A woman who claims to be the mother of a 3-year-old abandoned child from Brooklyn, Baltimore, is expected to meet with the girl Tuesday, lawyers said. Social services workers initially said the girl was named Courtney and came from Brooklyn, N.Y. [Page 1b]

Man convicted in carjacking

A Calvert County man was convicted of carjacking and assault yesterday for yanking a mother out of her vehicle, driving off with her two toddlers inside and leading police on a 90-minute high-speed chase. The jury failed to reach a verdict on two child kidnapping charges. [Page 1b]

SPORTS

L.A. triumphs over Minnesota

The Los Angeles stole home-court advantage by defeating the Minnesota Timberwolves, 97-88, in Game 1 of the NBA's Western Conference finals. Shaquille O'Neal had 27 points and 18 rebounds, not to mention a superb night at the foul line. [Page 1c]

Rodriguez booed by former fans

In his first at-bats in a New York Yankees uniform at the home of his former team, the Texas Rangers, Alex Rodriguez heard the boos all night long from fans frustrated that the superstar's trade to the Bronx. Rodriguez, the Yankees' new third baseman, silenced the crowd in Arlington, Texas, with a two-run home run in the first inning, but the Rangers came back from a 4-1 deficit to prevail, 9-7. [Page 1c]

St. Paul's prevails over Gilman

No. 1 St. Paul's jumped out to a six-goal lead and didn't look back in capturing the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference lacrosse championship with a 15-10 victory over No. 3 Gilman. [Page 8c]

BUSINESS

Perjury alleged in Stewart trial

Prosecutors charged a Secret Service ink expert yesterday with lying when he testified against Martha Stewart, and defense lawyers called for a new trial. Secret Service laboratory director Larry Stewart of Bethesda, Md., could face up to 10 years in prison on two perjury counts. [Page 1a]

Oil prices decline

Oil prices fell as much as $1 per barrel yesterday after Saudi Arabia said it will push OPEC to raise its daily production quota by 2 million barrels, or 8.5 percent, in order to calm jittery energy markets and protect global economic growth. [Page 12c]

TODAY

Cartoonist offers apology

Artist Gary Trudeau apologizes for a Doonesbury strip running tomorrow that shows a man's head on a platter, blaming poor timing and comic sections, like The Sun's, that are prepared weeks ahead, for an image that in the wake of news from Iraq "is now clearly inappropriate." [Page 1d]

Recalling a victory over racism

In the 1940s, Louise Kerr-Hines sued the Enoch Pratt Free Library after being denied admission to a library training course because she was black. At the 50th anniversary of Brown vs. Board of Education, she recalls a victory that preceded that landmark case. [Page 2d]

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