Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

August 15, 2004

NATIONAL

Fla. tallies Charley's destruction

As a weakened Charley hit the Carolinas yesterday and moved up the East Coast, Floridians began assessing the aftermath of the hurricane that destroyed thousands of homes and killed at least 15 people. [Page 1a]

Research enters political arena

Stem cell research is increasingly becoming a part of the overall election year debate, frustrating scientists and dividing politicians. "Both sides are guilty of playing with the truth on this issue," says Dr. James F. Battey of the National Institutes of Health. [Page 1a]

Hopkins develops cancer test

Johns Hopkins researchers have developed a test that they believe can identify ovarian cancer in its early stages, vastly improving patients' chances of beating the disease. The test measures three protein "biomarkers" found in patients' blood. [Page 3a]

WORLD

Najaf peace talks collapse

Truce talks between Iraqi officials and militants in Najaf broke down yesterday, threatening to spark a new round of violent battles between American forces and insurgents in the holy Shiite city. [Page 15a]

Venezuelans vote on Chavez

In a vote that could unleash violence among the profoundly polarized people of Venezuela, voters decide today whether to recall President Hugo Chavez two years before his term ends. The decision could have consequences for U.S. oil supplies. [Page 20a]

MARYLAND

Iko's autopsy supports inmates

An autopsy report on Ifeanyi A. Iko, a prisoner who died at Western Correctional Institution, appears to confirm other inmates' accounts that he received a heavy dose of pepper spray, had a spit-protection mask placed over his face and was taken from his cell unconscious. [Page 1b]

Sanctions for sore losers

More than two dozen recreation and parks agencies in Maryland and Northern Virginia have begun enforcing a regionwide ban on any adult or youth deemed guilty of extreme poor behavior during amateur sports games and practices. Eighteen people, mostly adults, have made the banned list. [Page 1b]

BUSINESS

Sports fuels Harford's economy

Affordable land and proximity to Interstate 95 have driven growth in Harford for a generation, from corporate warehouses to housing. But in a new twist, economic development is being propelled by sports facilities like Ripken Stadium and the Bulle Rock golf course. [Page 1d]

Economy a campaign focus

The presidential candidates are campaigning fiercely in swing states like Ohio, Michigan and Pennsylvania, where the economy has been hit hard and jobs are a top priority. Employment and the economy have moved to the forefront of the presidential race, second only to the war in Iraq. [Page 1d]

SPORTS

Phelps wins first Olympic gold

Swimmer Michael Phelps of Rodgers Forge gave the United States its first gold medal of the Athens Olympics by breaking his world record in the 400-meter individual medley. North Baltimore Aquatic Club teammate Katie Hoff, 15, of Abingdon, a favorite in the women's 400-meter IM, was unable to advance out of her heat. [Page 1a, 1e]

Orioles cooled off by Jays' Towers

The Orioles, who had won 10 of 11 games going into yesterday, lost, 7-2, to the Blue Jays at SkyDome in Toronto. Josh Towers (8-4) beat his former team, allowing two runs and six hits in 6 2/3 innings. [Page 1e]

Singh leads PGA after 3 rounds

Vijay Singh made a 5-foot par putt on the final hole for a 3-under-par 69 and a one-shot lead over Justin Leonard after three rounds of the PGA Championship at Whistling Straits. Singh is seeking his third major and first since the 2000 Masters. [Page 4e]

HOME & FAMILY

Schools move cutoff age

As children start formal school with kindergarten this fall, more of their friends with late birthdays will be staying behind. Maryland has been moving its cutoff age to prepare for universal all-day kindergarten. To enter in 2005, kindergartners must be 5 by Sept. 30; in 2006, by Sept. 1. [Page 1n]

TODAY ONLINE

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WEATHER WATCH

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QUOTE OF THE DAY

"When you're at a sporting event and you hear the national anthem, you take your hat off."

Michael Phelps, Rodgers Forge swimmer, who removed an olive wreath from his head during the Olympic medal ceremony after his victory (Article, Page 1A)

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