Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

August 06, 2004

NATIONAL

Key al-Qaida operative arrested

Law enforcement and intelligence officials, announcing a worldwide effort to foil planned terrorist attacks this fall, said that one of the men arrested in Britain this week was a key al-Qaida operative behind the surveillance documents that sparked recent U.S. terror alerts. [Page 1a]

Anthrax probe targets homes

Federal agents investigating the deadly 2001 anthrax attacks searched homes belonging to the founder of an organization that trains medical professionals to respond to chemical and biological attacks. More than three dozen agents combed through two homes in an upstate New York village at the same time a similar search occurred in New Jersey. [Page 1a]

England identified as abuser

Iraqi detainees at Abu Ghraib prison identified Pfc. Lynndie England as among the soldiers who abused them, an Army investigator testified yesterday. "The detainees were very specific about the guards who were there," including England, Special Agent Manora Iem testified at a military pretrial hearing. [Page 3a]

McCain assails anti-Kerry ad

Republican Sen. John McCain, a former prisoner of war in Vietnam, called an ad criticizing John Kerry's military service "dishonest and dishonorable" and urged the White House to condemn it as well. The White House declined. [Page 6a]

WORLD

Village wagers on horse track

Community leaders in a struggling farm village in Israel have come up with a revenue-generating idea foreign to most Israelis: They want to build a horse racing track. [Page 1a]

Al-Sadr forces launch attacks

The truce between American forces and Iraqi cleric Muqtada al-Sadr collapsed as al-Sadr's followers attacked an Iraqi police station, shot down an American helicopter and attacked Army and Marine convoys. At least one soldier, two Marines and several insurgents were killed. [Page 8a]

U.N., Sudan agree on Darfur

United Nations and Sudanese government officials agreed on steps to end the humanitarian emergency involving the killing and displacement of Darfur villagers, a plan that may defuse the threat of Security Council sanctions. [Page 14a]

MARYLAND

Little support for schools trustee

The state superintendent's suggestion that a trustee take charge of the Baltimore school system garnered little support in the city. But Superintendent Nancy S. Grasmick said she raised the issue because she remains deeply troubled about the future of the system. [Page 1a]

Slots proposal due today

Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. and the Maryland Senate president intensified pressure for legalizing slot machines as House leaders promised to submit plans today for letting voters decide the issue. [Page 1b]

Brown Center hit by bullets

The Maryland Institute College of Art discovered bullet holes in its all-glass Brown Center, an act of vandalism that could take months to repair. MICA officials said they expect students will turn the holes into an artistic statement. [Page 1b]

BUSINESS

Major market indexes drop

Jittery investors sold stocks heavily in reaction to record oil prices and other negative indicators, pushing two major market indexes to new lows for the year. [Page 1a]

Questions over Google IPO

Google Inc., the search engine giant whose first stock offering supposedly augurs a rebound for the tech economy and a rare opportunity for the small investor, may turn out to be neither. Some analysts fear that Google is taking too large a gamble in setting the price of its first public offering of stock so high. [Page 1a]

Lockwood plans scaled back

Lockwood Place, a soaring $50 million mixed-use development planned for a key lot facing the Inner Harbor on Pratt Street, has been dramatically downsized. Facing continuing questions about the building's design and a firm deadline for completion, developers said they would build a cheaper three-story shopping center instead. [Page 1c]

TODAY

No city winner at Scrabble

Baltimore's Sammy Okosagah finished 26th, Marlon Hill 27th and Peter Armstrong 29th in the 2004 National Scrabble Championship in New Orleans. Trey Wright of Los Angeles won first place and $25,000. More than 800 players competed in the five-day event. [Page 2d]

SPORTS

NFL to enforce contact rule

The NFL said it will strictly enforce the rule that prohibits defenders from making contact with eligible receivers beyond 5 yards from the line of scrimmage. Ravens defensive coordinator Mike Nolan predicted flags are going to be flying everywhere if referees call the game the way they are being instructed to by the NFL. [Page 1e]

Ainsworth begins rehabilitation

Orioles starter Kurt Ainsworth, coming off elbow surgery two months ago, will start for Single-A Aberdeen Sunday. He will complete his rehabilitation at Aberdeen and likely re-enter Triple-A Ottawa's roster. [Page 8e]

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"I don't think it is best to have your school system run through a court."

Donald C. Fry, president of the Greater Baltimore Committee, on a proposal to have a trustee oversee city schools. (Article, Page 1A)

911 SNOOZER

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