Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

May 28, 2004

NATIONAL

Kerry attacks Bush policies

Sen. John Kerry unleashed an attack on President Bush's foreign policy yesterday, arguing in a speech in Seattle that Bush has undermined U.S. leadership by choosing force in Iraq before exhausting diplomacy. Kerry vowed that if elected president, he would never let ideology trump the truth. [Page 3a]

WWII veterans head to D.C.

Marg Nelson's father served as motor sergeant for the 188th Field Artillery Battalion that landed at Normandy on D-Day+6. Tomorrow, after months of preparation by Nelson - lining up plane tickets, hotel reservations and wheelchairs for her elderly parents - the family will attend the dedication of the World War II memorial on the National Mall. [Page 4a]

WORLD

Sharon revises Gaza evacuation

In response to stiff opposition from his own party, Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon is expected to present a scaled-down plan to evacuate Jewish settlers to his divided Cabinet on Sunday. [Page 14a]

Hawks, doves criticize U.N. envoy

As Lakhdar Brahimi labors to outline a future Iraqi government, the United Nations special envoy is drawing fire from Democrats as well as Republicans. An adviser to Sen. John Kerry said Brahimi's agenda is "not symmetrical" with U.S. interests. [Page 15a]

Cease-fire agreed in Najaf

U.S. forces agreed to suspend offensive military operations in Najaf after radical Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr agreed to end fighting there. The agreement ends a tense standoff, but U.S. demands for al-Sadr's arrest and disbanding his al-Mahdi Army remain unmet. [Page 15a]

MARYLAND

Keeler enters sacrament debate

Baltimore's Cardinal William H. Keeler said he opposes an attempt by some bishops to politicize Communion and deny the sacrament to Catholic politicians who support abortion rights. Keeler's comments were his first on this unfolding national debate. [Page 1a]

Three children slain in Baltimore

The bodies of three young children who had just returned home from elementary school were found in an apartment in a quiet Northwest Baltimore neighborhood yesterday, one decapitated and the others partially beheaded. Detectives were questioning a man they described as "a person of interest" about the slayings. The victims were two girls, age 9, and a boy, 10. [Page 1a]

SPORTS

Orioles extend losing streak to 7

The New York Yankees routed the Orioles, 18-5, to complete a three-game sweep. Subdued for four innings, the Yankees erupted for eight runs in the fifth and chased starting pitcher Sidney Ponson from the game. The Orioles have lost seven in a row. [Page 1e]

Lakers take 3-1 lead in playoffs

The Los Angeles Lakers defeated the Minnesota Timberwolves, 92-85, to take a 3-1 lead in the Western Conference finals of the NBA playoffs. Kobe Bryant scored 31 points and Shaquille O'Neal added 19 points and 19 rebounds for the Lakers. [Page 1e]

BUSINESS

A jolt of reality at the pump

Experts say America's current problem with gasoline isn't that prices are too high but that prices over the past decade have been far too low. Americans have forgotten how to conserve, economists say, and the energy industry has all but ignored the frightening reality that the planet may be running out of oil. [Page 1a]

Former Rite Aid CEO sentenced

Martin L. Grass, the former Rite Aid chief executive officer, was sentenced to eight years in prison yesterday for orchestrating a $1.6 billion accounting fraud and covering it up. The scandal erased nearly 90 percent of shareholder value and nearly tipped the retailer into bankruptcy. [Page 1c]

TODAY

Tyler novel arrives on screen

Baltimore author Anne Tyler's 1970 novel A Slipping-Down Life, the story of a small-town North Carolina girl who imagines herself all the way into marriage with an enigmatic local rocker, comes to the big screen in a new film by Toni Kalem. [Page 1d]

Ratings coup for WBAL-TV

NBC affiliate WBAL-TV Channel 11 is the big winner among local stations in the annual ratings period in May. It achieved top ratings for its newscasts at 5 p.m., 6 p.m. and 11 p.m., which should translate into more ad revenue in coming months. CBS affiliate WJZ-TV Channel 13 maintained its stronger audiences for its morning news programs. [Page 10d]

FINDING CHEAP GAS

Tell us where you've found cheap gas. And see additional coverage of the economics of petroleum and gas. www.baltimoresun.com/gasprices

CHANGES IN PRINCIPALS

Read the entire list of changes in principals at Baltimore County Public Schools, announced earlier this week. www.baltimoresun.com/principals

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