Sun News Digest


July 09, 2004


Report critical of spy agencies

After a year-long probe, the Senate Intelligence Committee will issue a scathing report today on the failure by the nation's spy agencies to gather accurate pre-war information on Iraq's banned-weapons programs. But today's findings will not deal with the question of whether the Bush administration exaggerated the intelligence to win support for the March 2003 invasion. That issue will be explored in a report that may not be finished before the November election. [Page 1a]

Edwards' readiness disputed

As Sen. John Kerry blitzes through battleground states, showing off Sen. John Edwards as his vice presidential pick, he has assured crowds that the fresh-faced North Carolinian is "ready for this job." Yet the issue of Edwards' thin resume - especially his lack of experience in foreign policy and national security - has given Republicans a chance to argue that the senator is unqualified for the job. [Page 1a]


5 U.S. soldiers killed in Iraq

Five U.S. soldiers and two Iraqi guardsmen were killed in a mortar and car bomb attack in Samarra, north of Baghdad. The attack sparked an afternoon of firefights between insurgents and U.S. forces. The violence came a day after Iraq's interim government vowed to crush the resistance with tougher security measures. [Page 1a]

Israel urged to drop secrecy

The head of the U.N. International Atomic Energy Agency told Israel that its silence about its clandestine nuclear weapons program would make it difficult to persuade Iran and other states to not develop weapons. [Page 8a]

Powell warns Sudan of sanctions

Secretary of State Colin L. Powell issued a stern warning to Sudan yesterday, saying the country faces United Nations sanctions by not working fast enough to end militia attacks in its Darfur region. [Page 9a]


Raynor named to elections board

The governor named former state elections chief Gene Raynor to the state Board of Elections yesterday, an appointment that portends a management shake-up at the agency and angered Democratic legislative leaders who say they were blindsided by the pick. Raynor has publicly criticized current board administrator Linda Lamone, and is expected to provide the fourth and final vote needed to fire her if board members settle on a legal reason for removal. [Page 1b]

Boat capsizes; 2 drown, 1 missing

A family fishing outing on Prettyboy Reservoir Lake in Baltimore County ended in tragedy last night when their boat capsized, drowning two men. A third was missing and presumed dead. A fourth man survived, a county Fire Department spokesman said. [Page 1b]


Armstrong drops to 6th overall

Lance Armstrong gave up two things at the Tour de France: the yellow jersey and a chance to ride at the Athens Olympics. Armstrong finished 24th and dropped to sixth overall - 9 minutes, 35 seconds off Frenchman Thomas Voeckler's pace. As for the Olympics, Armstrong wants to return to his family after months away training. [Page 2e]

Phelps to be top seed in final

Michael Phelps, the 19-year-old Rodgers Forge swimmer, advanced through the preliminaries and semifinals of the 200-meter freestyle, the second of the six events he will swim at the U.S. Olympic swimming trials. He'll be the top seed in tonight's final. [Page 3e]


Leaders plan to shrink city zoo

The leaders of Baltimore's zoo are about to impose a reorganization that will shrink the zoo, reduce management staff by five employees, eliminate the reptile house and close the grounds during January and February. The goal is to save about $1.2 million a year and achieve financial stability. [Page 1a]

Frederick jobs growth ranks 10th

Employment is growing faster in Frederick County, Md., than in all but nine other large counties in the nation, according to a Department of Labor analysis released yesterday. [Page 1c]

Scandals drive focus on ethics

The high-profile legal entanglements of ex-Enron Corp. Chief Executive Kenneth L. Lay, style guru Martha Stewart and other executives are prompting a sea change in the way corporate America regards ethics, industry watchdogs say. [Page 1c]


Family sues Disney over song

A South African family has sued Walt Disney, seeking $1.6 million for its use of the song "The Lion Sleeps Tonight," by Zulu composer Solomon Linda, in The Lion King. Linda died penniless in 1962, having sold the rights to the song to a South African publisher. [Page 2d]



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