Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

August 05, 2004

NATIONAL

Pfc. disciplined often, witness says

Pfc. Lynndie R. England's former supervisor testified yesterday that the young Army reservist was repeatedly disciplined for sneaking into the Abu Ghraib cellblock where abuses occurred to visit her wartime boyfriend. [Page 1a]

Army increasing signup bonuses

The Army is increasing its cash bonuses and bringing on more recruiters to entice young men and women to sign up, worried that the continuing war on terrorism and long deployments may sap interest in the military. [Page 1a]

Britons claim U.S. mistreatment

Three Britons freed from Guantanamo bay claim they suffered systematic brutality during their detention at the U.S. military base, according to a 155-page report prepared by the men and their lawyers. [Page 6a]

Patents for AIDS drug to stand

The government refused to override patents on the AIDS drug Norvir, effectively allowing a quintupling of the price to stand despite accusations of price gouging. [Page 7a]

WORLD

Gunmen free kidnap victims in Iraq

Gunmen in Fallujah, Iraq, overran a kidnappers' hideout and freed four Jordanian truck drivers, local Iraqi officials said. In the northern city of Mosul, 14 civilians and eight insurgents were killed in battles between Iraqi forces and insurgents. [Page 12a]

Two Afghan relief workers killed

Gunmen in Afghanistan fired on a car carrying two Afghans working for a German relief agency, killing them both in the latest setback for relief efforts in the country. [Page 12a]

MARYLAND

Trustee to run schools proposed

State schools Superintendent Nancy S. Grasmick suggested during a court hearing yesterday that a trustee be appointed to help run Baltimore's schools. Her comments drew protests from lawyers representing city school students, advocacy groups and the city. [Page 1a]

Snoring 911 operator investigated

Anne Arundel County police are investigating the handling of a 911 emergency call in which the call-taker fell asleep and snored as a woman was reporting a possible prowler at her Glen Burnie home. The snoring is audible on a recording of the call. [Page 1b]

`Annapolis' won't be filmed there

The Walt Disney Co. backed out of plans to film a movie this fall at the Naval Academy and will shift production of Annapolis to Philadelphia, angering state and city officials. Officials believe factors include Navy concerns about the script, which has a scene in which a plebe punches an officer. [Page 1b]

BUSINESS

Pension system shows strength

Maryland's state employee pension system, which had such poor investment returns three years ago that it finished last in a national ranking, now falls among the top half of its peers, a national survey shows. [Page 1d]

Ocean City gets mixed reviews

Ocean City's summer season has earned mixed reviews, with room-tax revenue up and some hotels reporting occupancy levels of more than 90 percent as vacancy signs dot the strip. Explanations include overpricing, competition from other areas and a changing flavor of the resort. [Page 1d]

Crude-oil prices could hit $50

Crude-oil prices, driven steadily upward by demand and concern about international supply disruptions, could hit $50 a barrel, analysts say. The price of crude oil for September delivery reached $44.34 on the New York Mercantile Exchange yesterday, a high in the history of futures trading. [Page 1d]

TODAY

Henri Cartier-Bresson dead at 95

Henri Cartier-Bresson, a giant among 20th-century photographers, died at age 95 in France. Cartier-Bresson's influence on other photographers, especially photojournalists, was widespread and profound. A memorial service is planned for early next month. [Page 1c]

Falco healthy after treatment

Edie Falco, a star in the popular HBO series The Sopranos since it began, has been given a clean bill of health after treatment for breast cancer. [Page 2c]

SPORTS

O's sweep Mariners in series

The Orioles completed a three-game sweep of the Mariners with a 6-3 victory. Rafael Palmeiro delivered a two-run single in the seventh inning that broke a 3-3 tie. The bullpen covered the last 3 1/3 innings, limiting the Mariners to one hit, and didn't allow an earned run in 9 2/3 innings in the series. Jorge Julio collected two saves and a win. [Page 1e]

Bryant accuser may not go ahead

Kobe Bryant's prosecutors said the Los Angeles Lakers player will be put on trial this month, even as attorneys for the woman accusing him of rape suggested her participation is not a sure bet. Attorney John Clune said his 20-year-old client will have to talk with prosecutors about whether she will go ahead with the criminal case. [Page 2e]

U.S. team edges Germany, 80-77

The U.S. men's Olympic basketball team used a final-shot three-pointer by Allen Iverson from just across midcourt to secure an 80-77 exhibition victory over Germany, a team that failed to qualify for the Athens Games. It was Iverson's second three-pointer in the final 1 1/2 minutes. [Page 6e]

TODAY ONLINE

TOO MANY LOBBYISTS?

Progressive Maryland issued a report Wednesday suggesting campaign contributions from business lobbyists to Annapolis lawmakers are crowding out advocates for nonprofits. Read the report and see what you think. www.baltimoresun.com/lobbyistreport

LIVE!

The online version of LIVE! our weekly entertainment and events section, includes photo galleries, story archives and interactive polls. www.baltimoresun.com/live

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"Disney did not receive the cooperation they needed at the Naval Academy. ... There were concerns with the script, but this is a movie. Did they ever watch `Top Gun?' or `An Officer and a Gentlemen?'"

Hannah Byron, director of the Baltimore film office, on Walt Disney Co.'s decision to film "Annapolis" in Philadelphia. (Article, Page 1B)

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