Sun News Digest


July 27, 2004


Democratic legends address party

Memories of past glories and aching setbacks swept the assembled masses last night as three Democratic Party legends - former Presidents Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter and near-miss Al Gore - lined up to jump-start the party's national convention in Boston. [Page 1a]

Heinz Kerry a force in campaign

Teresa Heinz Kerry, 65, perhaps more than anybody else in Boston this week to launch John Kerry into the general election campaign, is positioned to give life and warmth to the Democratic presidential candidate's image. But her outspokenness has sometimes proved a distraction to her husband's campaign. [Page 1a]


Car bomb kills 4 in Iraq

A car loaded with explosives blew up near the main gate of an airfield in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, killing three Iraqis and the driver and injuring five people, three of them U.S. soldiers. Also, militants announced they were holding four new hostages but freed a senior Egyptian diplomat. [Page 9a]

Karzai to seek Afghan presidency

Afghan President Hamid Karzai announced that he will run in the first direct presidential election in Afghan history and that his running mate will be the brother of a martyred hero, rather than his powerful defense minister, whom many had expected him to choose. [Page 9a]


Sentencing guidelines questioned

U.S. District Judge Catherine C. Blake said that a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision has made federal sentencing guidelines unconstitutional, an opinion shared by a growing number of judges. Blake made the statement as she handed down a life sentence to a man convicted of operating a murderous drug gang in Baltimore's former Lexington Terrace housing project. [Page 1a]

Maryland General names CEO

Three months after a laboratory scandal that prompted the resignation of its chief executive, Maryland General Hospital named its new president and CEO: Colene Y. Daniel, a former Johns Hopkins Health System executive. She assumes leadership of the 243-bed hospital next month. [Page 1b]


Trial might sideline J. Lewis

If All-Pro running back Jamal Lewis stands trial on federal drug conspiracy charges during the NFL regular season, the Ravens are prepared to play without him during that time. [Page 1c]

Martinez, Red Sox rout Orioles

Three-time Cy Young Award winner Pedro Martinez, who entered last night's game 0-2 with an 8.66 ERA against the Orioles this season, earned a measure of revenge by pitching the Red Sox to a 12-5 win at Camden Yards. [Page 1c]


Google outlines IPO plans

Internet search giant Google Inc. outlined plans to sell 9 percent of its stock - 24.6 million shares - for between $108 and $135 apiece next month in its initial public offering. The deal could raise about $3 billion and the company's two founders and its president could personally gross about $360 million from the offering. [Page 1a]

City group focuses on retail

In a push to attract more shops, restaurants and service-oriented businesses, and maybe even a department store, to the heart of Baltimore, the Downtown Partnership has hired a full-time staff member to spearhead its retail development effort. [Page 1d]


Moore joins convention frenzy

Some 40 documentary camera crews descended upon the Democratic convention in Boston, turning the convention hall floor into a crowded soundstage as the act of filming the story becomes the story. And then Fahrenheit 9/11 filmmaker Michael Moore showed up. [Page 1e]


"We're guaranteeing a gold medal. We're bringing it back." Carmelo Anthony, Towson Catholic alumnus, predicting that the U.S. men's basketball team will prevail at the Olympics (Article, Page 7C)
















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