Sun News Digest


July 05, 2004


"To honor and remember those who lost their lives on September 11, 2001, and as a tribute to the enduring spirit of freedom. - July Fourth, 2004."

Inscription on the cornerstone of the Freedom Tower (Article, Page 3A)


Nation celebrates independence

As cities and towns around the country marked Independence Day last night, the winner of the Boston Pops' first talent competition performed for a crowd of thousands before the city's annual fireworks display. Torrential rain washed out the Fourth of July parade in Washington yesterday, but the fireworks went off as planned on the National Mall. [Page 3a]

Cornerstone laid for tower

The cornerstone of the 1,776-foot skyscraper that will replace the destroyed World Trade Center was laid during a ceremony in New York yesterday. Gov. George E. Pataki said he chose July 4 to begin rebuilding the site to show that America's faith in freedom has not been shaken. [Page 3a]

Kerry campaigns in Iowa

Presidential candidate John Kerry hits the campaign trail in Iowa with Gov. Tom Vilsack, one of the men considered a possible running mate on the Democratic ticket. The two remained silent on the issue, though. Asked whether he had reached a decision on a running mate, Kerry said: "I made a decision to get a drink and eat some lunch." [Page 3a]


Marine's fate unclear

The fate of a U.S. Marine from Lebanon who was abducted in Iraq remained unclear yesterday after an extremist group denied that a statement attributed to it and posted Saturday on an Islamic extremist Web site was genuine. Also yesterday, militant Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr pledged to resist oppression and occupation and called the interim Iraqi government illegitimate. [Page 7a]

Shootings kill 4 in Middle East

Violence continues in the Middle East as three Palestinians and an Israeli motorist are killed in separate shootings. Israeli helicopters fired missiles at two metal workshops in Gaza, wounding six people. Also, the head of Israel's security service expressed concerns that Jewish extremists are becoming more militant as plans are made for the evacuation of many settlements. [Page 7a]


Fighting medical mistakes

In an effort to stamp out some a persistent medical error, a hospital accrediting agency has instituted safeguards to prevent surgery on the wrong patient or the wrong body part. [Page 8a]


Pennsylvania approves slots

A decision by Pennsylvania's legislature to allow up to 61,000 slot machines at 14 locations across the state is prompting new calls for a special session of the General Assembly to consider passing slots legislation in Maryland. But House Speaker Michael E. Busch rejected that idea yesterday. [Page 1a]

Arrest made in officer's slaying

Baltimore police charged a 31-year-old man yesterday with first-degree murder in the Saturday slaying of Officer Brian D. Winder on Edmondson Avenue and were searching for another man they believe fired some - if not all - of the bullets that killed the officer. [Page 1a]


Phillies defeat Orioles, 5-2

University of Maryland alumnus Eric Milton pitched more than six solid innings to become the first 11-game winner in the National League, and Sidney Ponson dropped his club-record ninth consecutive start as the Phillies defeated the Orioles, 5-2, in Philadelphia. Meanwhile, shortstop Miguel Tejada is the lone Oriole named to the American League All-Star team after he was selected as a reserve. [Page 1c]

Federer retains Wimbledon title

Roger Federer defeated Andy Roddick to win his second consecutive Wimbledon title, 4-6, 7-5, 7-6 (3), 6-4. Federer, who claimed the top ranking in February, improved to 6-1 against Roddick after prevailing in the first No. 1 vs. No. 2 Wimbledon men's final in 22 years. [Page 1c]

Mallon victory sets Open record

Meg Mallon had the lowest final round by a champion in the 59-year history of the U.S. Women's Open, a 6-under 65 that allowed her to erase a three-shot deficit against Jennifer Rosales and win her fourth career major, in South Hadley, Mass. Mallon finished at 10-under 274 for a two-shot victory over Annika Sorenstam. [Page 1c]


Congressional grudge match

House Democrats and Republicans prepare to take their feud from the Capitol to the baseball field Thursday in the annual congressional baseball game. The grudge match will play out at Prince George's Stadium. [Page 1d]

Original Calvert School for sale

The first permanent home of the Calvert School, a 1901 building at 10 W. Chase St. in Baltimore's Mount Vernon neighborhood, is for sale at $1.2 million. [Page 1d]

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