Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

May 27, 2004

NATIONAL

Court backs assisted suicide law

A federal appeals court ordered the Bush administration not to meddle with a state's assisted suicide law, ruling that doctors in Oregon may prescribe lethal doses of medication to terminally ill patients. [Page 1a]

New finding on prostate tests

A troubling new study finds that 15 percent of older men who have supposedly normal readings on the widely used PSA screening test have prostate cancer anyway, and some have aggressive tumors. [Page 1a]

U.S. seeks al-Qaida intelligence

Warning that al-Qaida is plotting a deadly attack this summer in the United States, the FBI has reinvigorated a manhunt for seven terrorist suspects and launched a massive canvass of American Muslims in the hopes of gathering fresh intelligence. [Page 3a]

Nichols convicted of 161 killings

Nearly a decade after the Oklahoma City bombing, Terry Nichols was found guilty of 161 state murder charges for helping carry out what was then the deadliest terrorist attack on American soil. He could get the death sentence he escaped when he was convicted in federal court. [Page 4a]

WORLD

Powell's `voices' elusive

Secretary of State Colin L. Powell said investigators have been unable to find the Iraqi officers whose recorded voices plotting to deceive U.N. weapons inspectors were part of the case Powell presented to the United Nations that Iraq possessed weapons of mass destruction. [Page 14a]

Al-Sadr said ready to withdraw

Radical Iraqi cleric Muqtada al-Sadr reportedly agreed to withdraw his militia from Najaf after U.S. forces captured a key al-Sadr lieutenant. In western Iraq, three Marines were killed in combat. [Page 16a]

MARYLAND

Grim conditions at Hickey School

Conditions at the Charles H. Hickey Jr. School, a state facility in Baltimore County that is home to some of Maryland's most violent juvenile lawbreakers, were even worse under the management of Correctional Services Corp./Youth Services International than previously disclosed, an investigation by The Sun has found and state officials now acknowledge. [Page 1a]

UM medical school expanding

In an effort to raise its profile as a top research institution, the University of Maryland School of Medicine plans to spend up to $100 million over the next five years for 100 new scientists, as well as support staff and equipment. Officials described the expansion as necessary to keep up with the changing nature of scientific research. [Page 1a]

Inmate death probe widens

Maryland prison authorities broadened their inquiry into the death last month of a 51-year-old inmate at the Western Correctional Institution in Allegany County, as relatives reiterated their belief that foul play led to his death. [Page 1b]

TODAY

`Times' admits Iraq flaws

The New York Times published a note from it top editors acknowledging serious flaws in its reporting before the invasion of Iraq last year. The paper said it failed to adequately check out certain facts and claims provided by a now-discredited circle of Iraqi exiles seeking to overthrow former dictator Saddam Hussein. [Page 1c]

WWII Memorial set to open

Today marks the beginning of a four-day grand opening celebration of the $107 million, 7.4-acre National World War II Memorial on the Mall in Washington, which includes a formal dedication at 2 p.m. Saturday and kicks off a summer of events honoring World War II veterans. [Page 1c]

BUSINESS

Investors fault Alex Brown

A veritable who's who of successful entrepreneurs say they were taken for a ride by the managers of an Alex Brown fund designed to help them avoid taxes. The fund, requiring a minimum investment of $1 million, ended up a big loser when its high-tech portfolio plummeted. [Page 1a]

R&R flights to bypass Baltimore

Maryland lost its bid to remain the point of entry for soldiers on R&R flights from Iraq and Afghanistan when flights resume next month. Instead, flights will land in Atlanta and continue to Dallas-Fort Worth because many of the soldiers on this rotation are from the South and Southwest, the Army said. [Page 1d]

State eases Bay Bridge tie-ups

The state has opened a half-mile access lane for eastbound E-Z Pass toll customers in time to ease the seasonal tangle at the Bay Bridge, which is expected to carry more travelers this Memorial Day weekend than it did a year ago. [Page 1d]

SPORTS

Yankees foil Orioles comeback

Yankees starting pitcher Mike Mussina left with a 7-3 lead in the sixth inning, but then the Orioles sparked an offensive free-for-all, taking a 9-7 lead before losing, 12-9. The teams combined for 30 hits in a game that was rain-delayed for 65 minutes. [Page 1e]

Pistons down Pacers, 85-78

Richard Hamilton and Rasheed Wallace each scored 20 points as the Detroit Pistons beat the Indiana Pacers, 85-78, to take a 2-1 lead in the NBA's Eastern Conference finals. Wallace, after missing 21 of 26 shots in the first two games, shot 8-for-15 last night. [Page 2e]

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QUOTE OF THE DAY

"The good news is that everyone wants to go to Ocean City. The bad news is that everyone wants to go at the same time."

Transportation Secretary Robert L. Flanagan (Article, Page 1D)

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