Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

July 04, 2004

MARYLAND

City police officer killed

A Baltimore police officer was fatally shot last night in Southwest Baltimore after a confrontation with a man he had arrested earlier in the week, police said. The officer, 36-year-old Brian D. Winder, was shot three times outside a liquor store on Edmondson Avenue. Police have a suspect in custody. [Page 1a]

On the early campaign trail

The next election for Maryland governor is two years away, but the two leading Democrats interested in unseating Republican Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. -- Baltimore Mayor Martin O'Malley and Montgomery County Executive Douglas M. Duncan -- have been crisscrossing the state to speak at Democratic events a long way from their home bases. [Page 1b]

NATIONAL

Double pattern found in anthrax

In a possible break for the FBI's investigation of the anthrax letters of 2001, scientists have discovered that the mailed anthrax was a mix of two slightly different samples, giving the bacteria a distinct signature that may make it easier to match with a source, according to two nongovernment experts who have been told of the finding. [Page 1a]

Pop concert bookings slump

A music industry already reeling from slow album sales and Internet piracy could ill afford a lackluster summer. But judging by the cancellation of the entire 16-city Lollapalooza tour and the struggles by huge acts like Madonna to fill seats, this summer concert season will be a dud. [Page 1a]

Luck strikes Lowell

Massachusetts state lottery officials announced yesterday that a liquor store in Lowell, a working-class city 30 miles north of Boston, had sold the winning ticket in Friday's $290 million Mega Millions drawing. The jackpot is the highest Mega Millions prize in the game's history, exceeding the previous high of $239 million in February. [Page 3a]

No sign of Saturn liquids

Releasing what they called the best pictures yet of the frozen surface of Saturn's enormous moon Titan, NASA scientists said they were puzzled that the Cassini spacecraft hadn't glimpsed any evidence of liquids. The latest images of Titan revealed a single set of clouds about the size of Arizona and dark and light shapes across the moon that the imaging team is analyzing. [Page 9a]

WORLD

U.S. Marine reportedly beheaded

A radical Islamic group in Iraq said yesterday that it had beheaded U.S. Marine Cpl. Wassef Ali Hassoun in a videotaped execution. If true, it would mark the third beheading of a hostage in Iraq in about two months. Military officials in Baghdad could not say whether Hassoun was dead or alive. [Page 14a]

Israelis kill 2 Palestinian boys

Israeli troops shot to death two Palestinian boys yesterday, pushing ahead with a broad military operation aimed at preventing militants from firing rockets at Israeli towns bordering the Gaza Strip. The army said it fired warning shots at a Palestinian mob that approached soldiers in a threatening manner, but it was not aware anyone was hit. [Page 14a]

BUSINESS

Chimes understated CEO pay

The Chimes, a Baltimore charity serving the mentally disabled, paid chief executive Terry Allen Perl far more than it disclosed last fall, according to recently released documents. Chimes blamed the disparity on a misunderstanding of accounting rules. The documents also revealed the extent of insider business deals at the Chimes. [Page 1a]

SPORTS

Phillies rally past Orioles, 7-6

Pinch hitter Tomas Perez's RBI single in the eighth inning off B.J. Ryan lifted Philadelphia to a 7-6 victory over the visiting Orioles. Earlier in the inning, David Bell's two-run homer off Jason Grimsley tied the game at 6. [Page 1e]

Sharapova, 17, wins Wimbledon

Thirteenth seed Maria Sharapova, a 17-year-old from Russia, became the third-youngest women's champion in Wimbledon's 127-year history and the lowest-seeded women's winner by upsetting two-time defending champion Serena Williams, 6-1, 6-4. Top seed Roger Federer will defend his men's title today when he plays against second seed Andy Roddick. [Pages 1e, 12e]

Rosales leads Open by 3 shots

Jennifer Rosales, undaunted by a swift charge by Annika Sorenstam and massive cheers for Michelle Wie, shot a 2-under-par 69 for a three-shot lead after three rounds at the U.S. Women's Open in South Hadley, Mass. [Page 11e]

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"How many times can you go see the Eagles come back? How many times can the Stones come back? I think people get sick of it at some point."

Michael Caplan, co-founder of the independent label Or Music, on the summer concert slump (Article, Page 1A)

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