Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

August 14, 2004

NATIONAL

Charley batters Gulf Coast

A stronger-than-expected Hurricane Charley roared ashore in Florida yesterday as a dangerous Category 4 storm, slamming the heavily populated Gulf Coast with devastating storm surges and 145 mph winds that snapped trees in half, ripped roofs off buildings and blacked out hundreds of thousands of people. [Page 1a]

Review upholds suspects' status

A military review of the cases against four terror suspects held at the U.S. Navy base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, has concluded they are classified properly as enemy combatants and will not be freed, the official overseeing the process said yesterday. The four were the first of 21 cases to be decided. There is no appeal. [Page 3a]

WORLD

Najaf quiet as talks continue

Fighting tapered off in Najaf yesterday as militants and Iraqi negotiators discussed a withdrawal from the city. Aides to Muqtada al-Sadr said the rebel Shiite cleric was slightly injured by shrapnel but was safe and in good condition. [Page 1a]

Sudan urges tribes to act

Amid growing international pressure, Sudan's president has called on tribal leaders to form their own security forces to fight Arab militants blamed for thousands of deaths. But critics say the tribes don't have the resources to protect themselves from the militants and are in desperate need of outside help. [Page 8a]

MARYLAND

Rosecroft deal stalls

The family of Peter G. Angelos, majority owner of the Baltimore Orioles, has delayed closing a deal it struck in June to buy Rosecroft Raceway in Prince George's County. Angelos and representatives of the harness racing track say they are actively negotiating to complete the sale, regardless of how the slots issue is resolved. [Page 1b]

Dance teacher sentenced again

Jose Anibal Macedo, a former Ellicott City dance teacher convicted this spring of molesting a young student, was sentenced yesterday to six years in prison on top of the six years he is serving for the sexual assault of another student. Macedo maintains his innocence. [Page 1b]

SPORTS

O's, Ponson keep on cruising

Sidney Ponson improved to 5-0 in his past six starts and the Orioles kept up their hot streak, too, beating the host Toronto Blue Jays, 4-0, to prevail for the 10th time in 11 games. Ponson, who lost nine straight earlier this season, allowed five hits in six-plus innings. The Orioles pulled within two games of the .500 mark at 56-58. [Page 1c]

Singh, Leonard lead PGA

Vijay Singh kept his mistakes to a minimum, shooting a 4-under 68 to join Justin Leonard (69) atop the leader board at the PGA Championship in Haven, Wis. Tiger Woods, two shots over the cut line with six holes to play, hit birdies on Nos. 16 and 17 to shoot 69 and preserve his streak of 129 consecutive PGA Tour events making the 36-hole cut. [Page 8c]

BUSINESS

No end to oil price climb

With demand for oil rising faster than supply and the refining capacity of gasoline stretched virtually to the limit, few believe that petroleum prices will soon return to normal. [Page 12c]

Tobacco tax revenue falls

State revenue from tobacco taxes fell almost 2.5 percent last fiscal year, the comptroller's office said yesterday - a sign that Maryland's stop-smoking campaign is working. The state collected $6.7 million less in tobacco taxes as sales continue to dip. [Page 12c]

June trade deficit jumps

The nation's trade deficit soared to an all-time high in June, surging to $55.82 billion, a 19.1 percent increase from $46.88 billion in May. The June deficit, which was bigger than economists had expected, reflected a rise in imports as energy costs surged and U.S. exports dropped. [Page 12c]

TODAY

Time capsules in 8 mm

Those old home movies often found at yard sales or in grandma's attic aren't just quaint, say enthusiasts, who celebrate Home Movie Day today. They consider them historical documents that tell us about fashion, home design, even class and race. [Page 1d]

Dylan, Nelson play center field

American music legends Bob Dylan and Willie Nelson brought their unusual summer tour of minor-league baseball parks to the home of a baseball legend, Cal Ripken Jr., and played to a crowd of 6,000 at Ripken Stadium in Aberdeen on Thursday night. [Page 2d]

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"I don't want to complain, but I couldn't understand a word that man said. Could you?"

Patricia Buchanan of Havre de Grace, on Bob Dylan's performance at Ripken Stadium in Aberdeen (Article, Page 2D)

TODAY ONLINE

OLYMPICS WEB LOG

Sun sports editor Randy Harvey shares his thoughts and observations from Athens about the Summer Olympic Games in his daily blog. www.baltimoresun.com/harvey

STORM UPDATES

For updates on Hurricane Charley and its path, go to www.baltimoresun.com/weather

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