Sun News Digest


August 20, 2004


Sen. Edward M. Kennedy yesterday said he had been misidentified on a terrorism watch list when he tried to board airliners between Washington and Boston. The well-known Massachusetts Democrat was stopped five times as he tried to board US Airways shuttles because a name similar to his appeared on a list or his name popped up for additional screening. [Page 3a]

Study links teen sex, drug use

For teenagers, it appears that sex and drugs do go together, though the annual survey of U.S. teens didn't ask about rock `n' roll. Teens who say at least half their friends are having sex are more likely to report having tried marijuana, alcohol and cigarettes, according to a survey released yesterday by the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University. [Page 7a]


Ultimatum for al-Sadr

Iraqi officials issued a final ultimatum to Muqtada al-Sadr, ordering him to disband his militia in Najaf yesterday or face consequences. Militants in Najaf bombed a police station killing at least seven policemen, and fighting between Americans and militants in a Baghdad slum killed 10 Iraqis. [Page 1a]

Doctors accused in prison abuse

Doctors working for the U.S. military in Iraq breached medical ethics and collaborated in the abuse of prisoners at Abu Ghraib prison, a bioethicist charges in The Lancet medical journal. [Page 10a]


Local Guard battalion deployed

Fifty members of the Towson-based 129th Signal Battalion of the Maryland National Guard gathered at the Harry C. Ruhl Armory yesterday for deployment in Iraq. The soldiers will train in Texas and Louisiana before heading off to war. The Battalion is made up of companies based in Cheltenham, Pikesville and Cumberland. The deployment is expected to last up to a year and a half. [Page 2b]


Oil prices seem to defy logic

A few months ago, a barrel of crude oil was selling for $42 and the cost of regular gasoline soared to more than $2 a gallon. Today, oil is selling for nearly $49 a barrel, but the price at the pump is down to $1.88 a gallon. [Page 1a]

Google shares surge 18%

Shares of Google Inc. surged 18 percent in their market debut yesterday, the culmination of a unique and bumpy initial stock offering for the 6-year-old dot-com. The stock started at $100.01 on the Nasdaq stock market, $15.01 higher than its $85 initial offering price. It finished the day at $100.34 with slightly more than 22 million shares having changed hands, making it one of the 10 most actively traded stocks on the Nasdaq. [Page 1c]

30-year mortgage rate falls

Benchmark 30-year fixed mortgage rates fell to 5.81 percent nationally this week, the lowest in four months, Freddie Mac said yesterday. It marked the third straight week that the 30-year rate averaged less than 6 percent, and it was the lowest since the second week of April - welcome news to prospective homebuyers since many economists still predict that borrowing costs will rise by the end of the year. [Page 1c]


Fogelberg treated for cancer

Singer Dan Fogelberg, 53, is undergoing experimental treatment for advanced prostate cancer. Fogelberg, whose hits include "Leader of the Band" and "Same Old Lang Syne," was diagnosed two months ago during a checkup to prepare for a tour, which has been canceled. [Page 2d]

Award-winning composer dies

Elmer Bernstein, Academy Award-winning composer of such classic film scores as those of Thoroughly Modern Millie, The Man With the Golden Arm, Far From Heaven and To Kill a Mockingbird - as well as Animal House and Airplane! - dies at 82. [Page 6d]


Phelps earns 3rd solo gold

Michael Phelps became only the second male swimmer to collect three solo gold medals in a single Olympics, when he rolled in the 200-meter individual medley. If he can follow that today with a victory in the 100 butterfly, Phelps would surpass Mark Spitz in at least one regard: Spitz won four individual events at the Munich Olympics; Phelps could finish with four gold medals and a bronze. [Page 1a]

Gymnast wins all-around

Carly Patterson, a 16-year-old American, wins a women's gymnastics all-around Olympic gold medal. She scored a 9.712 on her floor routine to finish with 38.387 points and defeat Russia's Svetlana Khorkina by .176. [Page 1e]

Peirsol gets gold after DQ ruling

The United States' Aaron Peirsol wins an Olympic gold medal in the men's 200-meter backstroke after he was initially disqualified. U.S. swimming officials said that the lane judge had disqualified Peirsol for an illegal turn at the 150-meter mark. But before they could protest, the referee and the technical commission had overturned the judge's ruling. [Page 1e]

Selig's contract extended

Major League Baseball's quarterly owners meetings closed yesterday with the expected announcement that commissioner Bud Selig has received a three-year extension through 2009 but little news regarding relocation for the Montreal Expos. [Page 5e]


"Look out for each other, and bring each and every one of you back to us."

Maj. Gen. Bruce Tuxill, adjutant general of the Maryland National Guard, addressing troops from the 129th Signal Battalion



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