Sun News Digest


August 01, 2004


Bush, Kerry jostle in Pa.

President Bush and Sen. John Kerry both made campaign stops in Pittsburgh yesterday, almost bumping into each other. The newest poll numbers showed Kerry gaining a slight lead over Bush coming off the Democratic National Convention. [Page 1a]

Allawi relies on U.S. guards

While Iraq's interim government is eager to assert its independence from the United States, Prime Minister Ayad Allawi has placed his security in the hands of elite American military forces. [Page 1a]

Old biowarfare secrets fading

Working in secrecy for years during the Cold War, Army scientists delved deeply into the black art of bioterrorism. But a lack of record-keeping from that era and the dwindling ranks of aging scientists are taking its toll on the information gleaned from those years. [Page 1a]


Vatican criticizes feminism

A prominent Vatican document released yesterday denounced feminism, saying the drive for equality blurred differences between the sexes and threatened the traditional institution of families. [Page 16a]

Militants threaten beheadings

In the latest in a string of abductions in Iraq, militants said yesterday that they had abducted two Turks and would behead them within 48 hours. Meanwhile, efforts to free seven truck drivers intensified. [Page 20a]


Firefighters seek cancer link

Dozens of current and former Anne Arundel County firefighters are trying to establish links between an apparent cluster of cancers in their ranks and the burning of carcinogenic fuel during training in the 1970s and early 1980s. The connection between disease clusters and working conditions is a complex and emotional issue that has gained national attention. [Page 1b]

Busch considers slots amendment

Maryland House Speaker Michael E. Busch will huddle with top lieutenants tomorrow for the latest - and possibly last - discussion on whether a constitutional amendment for slot machine gambling should appear on the November ballot. [Page 1b]


Red Sox trade Garciaparra

The Boston Red Sox sent All-Star shortstop Nomar Garciaparra to the Chicago Cubs in a four-team blockbuster deal that was completed just before the non-waiver trading deadline. The Arizona Diamondbacks didn't trade pitcher Randy Johnson after all, but did send center fielder Steve Finley, a former Oriole, to the Los Angeles Dodgers. [Page 1e]

O's lose again to New York

The New York Yankees rolled to a 5-1 lead in the fifth inning on Erik Bedard and ran up yet another win over the Orioles, 6-4, at Yankee Stadium. Javier Vazquez earned his 12th victory, and New York got home runs from Alex Rodriguez and Gary Sheffield to improve to 10-2 against the Orioles this season. [Page 1e]

Tyson injured in first round

Former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson tore a ligament in his left knee in the first round of his loss Friday night to Danny Williams. Tyson's manager, Shelly Finkel, said yesterday that Tyson has a complex tear of the lateral meniscus, and that he couldn't walk on the leg. [Page 3e]


Lifesaving treatment untapped

While thousands of people are paying to store umbilical cord blood in hopes it may someday help save lives, high fees and bureaucratic wrangling are hindering efforts to create a national system. [Page 1n]


Emerging African-American art

A new exhibit at Morgan State University showcasing the collection of a College Park couple brings to light a number of lesser-known African-American artists. [Page 6f]

A U.S. slant on Arab airwaves

Two U.S.-sponsored media outlets aimed at the Arab world - the Alhurra television channel and Radio Sawa - are drawing fire, accused of presenting news in a less than neutral way. They're part of a new effort to reach broader and younger Arab audiences. [Page 3f]



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