Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

July 11, 2004

NATIONAL

Doctors deserting obstetrics

Veterans of a medical specialty that once had great appeal are alarmed because young doctors are increasingly reluctant to pursue obstetrics. In the past eight years, the number of medical graduates specializing in obstetrics has dropped 23 percent, partly because of the skyrocketing cost of malpractice insurance. [Page 1a]

N.C. cheers a native son

In a triumphant homecoming for Sen. John Edwards, thousands of cheering supporters gathered under a sweltering sun on the campus of North Carolina State University as he swept into the state with Sen. John Kerry after a four-day tour through battleground states to showcase their new political partnership. [Page 3a]

NAACP asks Bush to reconsider

Warning that President Bush may be hurting the election chances of Republican candidates by shunning the NAACPs annual convention in Philadelphia, Kweisi Mfume, the civil rights group's president, yesterday reinvited the president to speak. He called on the White House to "get over" its displeasure with criticism from the groups leaders. [Page 5a]

Bush urges marriage amendment

As the debate on a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage moves to the Senate floor this week, President Bush reiterated his stance in his weekly radio address, saying gay marriage would redefine the most fundamental institution of civilization and that an amendment is needed to ban it. [Page 9a]

WORLD

Gas pipeline bombed in Iraq

Insurgents detonated a bomb yesterday next to a gas pipeline north of Baghdad, an area that has seen more than a dozen major pipeline attacks in the past year. The pipeline was set ablaze. In Ramadi, meanwhile, Marines killed three Iraqis after an attack on a U.S. military post. [Page 1a]

Saudi Arabia plans elections

Saudi Arabia said yesterday it will hold municipal elections in September, the first polls to be held in decades in this conservative kingdom. The elections are to be held at the start of the school year, Sept. 11. Election preparations have begun and a list of regulations will be issued soon, officials said. [Page 14a]

MARYLAND

Questions follow inmate's death

The suspicious death of inmate Ifeanyi A. Iko, 51, at Western Correctional Institution near Cumberland raises troubling questions about practices there and whether the prison's staff violated regulations in an attempt to cover up what went wrong. [Page 1a]

Bel Air mourns `our Marine'

Hundreds of people filled a Bel Air church yesterday for the funeral of Marine Lance Cpl. Patrick Ryan Adle, a former Fallston High School football and lacrosse star who died June 29 while evacuating wounded from a skirmish in Baghdad. [Page 1b]

SPORTS @SUBHEDCabrera holds Royals to 3 hits

Daniel Cabrera allowed three hits over seven innings and Rafael Palmeiro hit his 541st career home run, leading the Orioles past the Kansas City Royals, 7-2, at Camden Yards. Starting in place of an injured Sidney Ponson, Cabrera didn't allow a runner past first base in beating Kansas City for the second time in 11 days. [Page 1e]

O'Neal approves move to Miami

Perennial NBA All-Star center Shaquille O'Neal has given his approval for the Miami Heat to negotiate a trade with O'Neal's team, the Los Angeles Lakers. In a proposed deal that still needs league approval, the Heat would part with Lamar Odom, Caron Butler and Brian Grant along with a first-round draft pick in exchange for O'Neal. [Page 1e]

Jones out of Olympic team

Marion Jones failed to qualify for the U.S. Olympic team in the 100 meters, losing out on a chance to defend her gold medal in her signature event at the Athens Games. Dogged by allegations of drug use, Jones finished fifth (11.14 seconds) at the U.S. track and field trials in Sacramento, Calif. LaTasha Colander won the final in 10.97 seconds. [Page 11e]

TODAY ONLINE

PRISON 911 CALL

A tape of a 911 ambulance call from the Western Correction Institution adds to the disturbing details surrounding the death of inmate Ifeanyi A. Iko. www.baltimoresun.com/inmatedeath

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