Sun News Digest


May 23, 2004


Although the Massachusetts Attorney General has declared marriages for out-of-state, same-sex couples invalid, Baltimore's James Reeves and Marc Epstein exchanged wedding vows yesterday in Worcester, Mass., in a ceremony conducted by a justice of the peace. [Page 1a]

Storms pummel Midwest

A tornado leveled a tiny Iowa town as storms tore across the Midwest. Three people in Michigan died and hundreds of thousands were left without power. [Page 3a]

President falls while biking

President Bush suffered cuts and bruises yesterday when he fell while mountain biking on his Texas ranch. The president's personal physician treated his injuries, and Bush finished his ride. [Page 5a]


Prisoners' rights challenged

Responding to a list of abuses at Abu Ghraib prison last year, a confidential letter drafted by military lawyers and signed by Brig. Gen. Janis L. Karpinski asserted that many Iraqi prisoners were not entitled to the full protections of the Geneva Conventions. [Page 1a]

Suicide bomber kills 5 in Iraq

A suicide car bomber targeting a deputy interior minister in Baghdad yesterday killed five people and slightly wounded the minister. South of the capital, fighting flared between U.S. troops and Shiite militia. [Page 22a]


Ten million years ago, a giant meteor struck the coastal area of what is now Virginia at 134,000 miles an hour, creating the Chesapeake Bay in the process. Now scientists are digging deep into the world's largest impact crater, hoping to solve a geological puzzle and help the fast-growing region find new ground water. [Page 1a]


Ehrlich to sign `flush tax'

Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. is scheduled to sign the "flush tax" into law on Wednesday, which is intended to cut in half the nitrogen pollution in the Chesapeake Bay by fixing sewage treatment plants. Although it is being hailed as a major advance, some environmentalists say it doesn't go far enough. [Page 1b]


UPS unveils advances

United Parcel Service, the world's largest package delivery company, is rolling out new technology to ensure packages get on the right trucks and in the right order for delivery. [Page 1d]

Worries weigh on stock market

Corporate profits are strong, more people are going to work and the economy is humming. So why are investors quaking? Experts say investors have many political and economic questions that need answers. [Page 1d]


Guerrero powers Angels over O's

Vladimir Guerrero, who rejected the Orioles' offer to sign him during the offseason, hit a go-ahead, two-run homer to lift the Anaheim Angels to a 3-2 win over the Orioles. Melvin Mora and Javy Lopez each hit bases-empty home runs for the Orioles. [Page 1e]

Phelps wins 100 meter, loses 200

Swimmer Michael Phelps tops Ian Crocker to win the 100-meter butterfly in the Santa Clara (Calif.) Invitational, but the Rodgers Forge resident had a rough start to the 200 backstroke and lost to Aaron Peirsol. Katie Hoff, 14, of the North Baltimore Aquatic Club, won the 400 individual medley. [Page 1e]

Hopkins lacrosse beats Carolina

Conor Ford scored five goals to lead top-seeded Johns Hopkins to a 15-9 victory over North Carolina in an NCAA Division I men's lacrosse tournament quarterfinal. In another quarterfinal, Maryland blew a two-goal lead and lost to Princeton in overtime, 9-8. [Page 1d, 12d]


Science Center set to reopen

After spending $35 million and adding 40,000 square feet of exhibit space, the Maryland Science Center at the Inner Harbor is set to reopen this week. Four young visitors get a sneak preview. [Page 6f]

Reactions to Rockwell mixed

An exhibit of Norman Rockwell's famous "Four Freedoms" series from World War II are drawing a wide variety of responses from visitors at Washington's Corcoran Gallery of Art. [Page 7f]



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