Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

May 30, 2004

NATIONAL

Thanks and praise for veterans

Thousands of World War II veterans descended onto the National Mall in Washington yesterday for the dedication of a memorial built to honor their call to duty six decades ago. Many of those who attended mourned that the honor came too late for some of their comrades. [Page 1a]

Contractors under scrutiny

The murky role that U.S. contractors are playing in Iraq is becoming a thorny issue for Washington. Eight armed American contractors - paid by a U.S. State Department program - were part of the recent raid on Ahmad Chalabi's home and offices. [Page 1a]

Gay label not libel, judge rules

Stating that someone is homosexual does not libel or slander them, particularly in light of new court decisions granting gays more rights, a federal judge has ruled. U.S. District Judge Nancy Gertner threw out a lawsuit by a former boyfriend of pop singer Madonna, who claimed he was libeled because in a book about Madonna, his name appeared in a photo caption under a picture of her walking with a gay man. [Page 3a]

Attorney Sam Dash dies

Chief Watergate counsel Sam Dash, 76, whose penetrating interrogations into President Nixon's secret taping system made him a household name in the 1970s, died yesterday after a lengthy illness. [Page 3a]

WORLD

Gunmen attack Saudi compound

Gunmen believed to be Islamic militants attacked a Saudi oil production compound yesterday, killing at least 10 people, including one American. They then fled to a luxury resort, taking dozens of foreign hostages. [Page 1a]

Army reports on Tillman's death

A newly released Army report says that Pat Tillman, who gave up an NFL career to join the Army Rangers and was killed in action in Afghanistan, most likely died from friendly fire. Meanwhile, four American special forces soldiers were killed in Afghanistan yesterday. [Page 16a]

Clashes threaten cease-fire

The U.S.-appointed governor of Najaf said yesterday that radical cleric Muqtada al-Sadr was failing to honor a cease-fire agreement as American forces continued to clash with Shiite gunmen. Al-Sadr's militiamen said they killed one Iraqi policeman and captured another. [Page 16a]

MARYLAND

I stayed outside, suspect says

One of two Mexican immigrants charged with slaying three children in their Northwest Baltimore apartment gave a statement in which he told police he sat in his car while the other man was inside with the children for 40 minutes. Charging documents filed yesterday described a gruesome scene but no motive for the slayings. [Page 1a]

Computer system condemned

Federal auditors examining Maryland's child welfare system have criticized the state as having one of the worst computer systems in the nation for tracking abused and neglected children. Questions about the adequacy of Maryland's information system were raised recently in the case of Sierra Swan, a 17-year-old foster care runaway who was charged in the deaths of her twin infant daughters. [Page 1b]

SPORTS

Navy, Syracuse to meet for title

Seeking its first NCAA men's lacrosse championship, Navy edged Princeton, 8-7, in the semifinals and will play for the title tomorrow against Syracuse, which upset top-seeded Johns Hopkins, 15-9. An NCAA lacrosse-record crowd of 46,923 attended the semifinals at M&T Bank Stadium. [Page 1e]

Cabrera pitches O's past Tigers

Rookie Daniel Cabrera earned his third victory and Miguel Tejada homered for the third straight game, helping the Orioles win for the second consecutive night in Detroit, 8-4. Larry Bigbie drove in three runs. [Page 1e]

Timberwolves avoid elimination

Kevin Garnett's 30 points and 19 rebounds led Minnesota to a 98-96 victory over the Lakers, forcing Game 6 in the NBA Western Conference finals. Los Angeles nearly overcame a 16-point fourth-quarter deficit. [Page 1e]

TODAY

Big-screen climate control

The new film The Day After Tomorrow, a disaster movie about a modern-day Ice Age, has heated up debate on global warming from Hollywood to Washington, with some claiming the film could have an influence on national energy policy. [Page 2f]

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"When the Germans came, we were slaves. Then, on the day, when I looked out the window upstairs, I couldn't see the water. I could see only boats, and we knew the Americans were coming. What a feeling!" Andre Legallois of Normandy, recalling D-Day (Article, Page 12A)

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