Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

August 04, 2004

NATIONAL

Gaps seen in intelligence effort

The information that triggered the latest terror alert underscores serious gaps in intelligence about al-Qaida and the difficulty of protecting a wide range of potential targets in an open society, analysts say. [Page 1a]

Detainee photos said taken for fun

An Army investigator testified that Pfc. Lynndie R. England, one of the most visible figures in the Abu Ghraib prison abuse scandal, said the photographs of naked Iraqi detainees that outraged much of the world were taken just for fun. [Page 1a]

Data recorders on vehicles urged

Federal safety investigators say that the government should require data recorders in all vehicles, a recommendation arising from the investigation of a car crash that killed 10 people and injured 63 last year in Santa Monica, Calif. [Page 3a]

WORLD

Car bomb kills 3 Iraqi guardsmen

A car bomb killed at least at least three Iraqi national guardsmen in Baqouba, and the U.S. military announced the deaths of six American service members in the past 24 hours. [Page 8a]

Pakistanis arrest 2 from al-Qaida

Pakistan officials said that they had arrested two members of al-Qaida - one with a multimillion-dollar U.S. bounty on his head - in continuing sweeps against Osama bin Laden's terror network. [Page 11a]

MARYLAND

Md. fish exceed mercury limits

Maryland freshwater fish continue to be contaminated by levels of mercury that exceed the federal government's limits for women and children who eat fish twice a week, says a report released by a public interest group. [Page 2b]

MEDICINE & SCIENCE

Home test kit for sexual diseases

Johns Hopkins researchers hope a free home test kit will convince women to undergo screening for sexually transmitted diseases. The kits, available in pharmacies in Maryland in a six-month, federally funded test, include instructions for using a swab that's returned in a postage-paid envelope. [Page 1b]

`Messenger' bound for Mercury

For scientists and engineers at Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab, the blastoff of the Messenger spacecraft from Cape Canaveral culminated years of hard work. From their control room, they watched the spacecraft they built began a seven-year, 5-billion mile journey to the planet Mercury. [Page 1b]

BUSINESS

Cruise line concedes overbooking

Officials of the Carnival cruise line conceded that hundreds of passengers who hoped to sail on one of the line's eight cruises from Baltimore this summer have been bumped as a result of overbooking. [Page 1a]

Digital preservation in question

Finding ways to preserve and use old records, fading photographs, books with pages turning to dust, or not-so-ancient reel-to-reel and eight-track recordings is a challenge. But the digital formats being used to preserve much of America's history are proving to be dangerously vulnerable. [Page 1a]

U.S. consumer spending drops

U.S. consumer spending declined in June by the most since the terrorist attacks in 2001 as higher fuel prices and slower income growth prompted a cutback in purchases. [Page 1c]

SPORTS

Orioles sweep doubleheader

A double error by Miguel Tejada allowed the tying run to score in the eighth, but he scored the go-ahead run on Jerry Hairston's single in the bottom half, lifting the Orioles to a 5-4 win and a sweep of a doubleheader with Seattle. The Orioles won Game 1, 9-7. [Page 1d]

Italian Olympic team routs U.S.

Losing an exhibition game for the first time when using professional players, the U.S. Olympic team was outclassed by lightly regarded Italy, never making it close in the fourth quarter of a 95-78 upset in Cologne, Germany. [Page 1d]

QB Brunell to start for Redskins

Mark Brunell will start at quarterback for the Washington Redskins when they open the preseason Monday against the Denver Broncos in the Hall of Fame Game. [Page 2d]

Sex-life ruling in Bryant case

Prosecutors in the sexual assault case against Kobe Bryant called newly released details addressing his accuser's sex life "one-sided," saying they should not be used to judge the merits of the case against the NBA star. [Page 7d]

TODAY

Cruise predicts another marriage

Actor Tom Cruise predicted he will walk down the aisle again. "I really love that kind of friendship and intimacy," said Cruise, who has broken up with actress Penelope Cruz this year and saw marriages to Mimi Rogers and Nicole Kidman end in divorce. [Page 2e]

U.S. may not go to Venice festival

The United States might skip next summer's Venice Biennale, a prestigious contemporary arts festival. The arts nominating panel has been disbanded by the National Endowment for the Arts. [Page 3e]

TODAY ONLINE

PRISONER ABUSE SCANDAL

Pfc. Lynndie R. England's Article 32 hearing is under way at Fort Bragg, N.C. For details on the proceedings, plus archived coverage of the Iraqi prisoner abuse scandal, go to www.baltimoresun.com/prisonerabuse.

TASTE

The online companion to Taste, our weekly food section, features an archive of recent stories, plus searchable databases of recipes and restaurants. www.baltimoresun.com/taste

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"We took them by surprise. They didn't expect us to be such good shooters. They didn't know us."

Carlo Recalcati, Italian Olympic basketball coach after the upset of an NBA-laden U.S. team, 95-78, in Germany (Article, Page 1D)

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