Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

August 29, 2004

NATIONAL

A political character study

As George W. Bush moves closer to Election Day, there are plenty of policy pronouncements and speeches that voters can use to judge him. However, there is also Bush, the man. Americans have long based their choices not only on politics, but also on character and other personal traits. [Page 1A]

9/11 shadows GOP convention

It won't be necessary for President Bush to visit the World Trade Center site when he comes to New York this week. The war on terror is already the center of his re-election quest and will be a focus of the Republican convention over the next four days, according to strategists in both parties. [Page 1A]

CIA to review military prisons

The abuses at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq have spurred a CIA review of its interrogation and detention practices at military-run facilities and other sites across Iraq. [Page 3A]

Two charged in NYC bomb plot

New York City police charged two men yesterday with conspiring to set off a bomb in the city subway system. Officials said the men were not connected to al-Qaida. [Page 3A]

WORLD

Israel denies spy allegations

News that the FBI has been investigating a Pentagon official on suspicion of passing secrets to Israel has caused a diplomatic scramble there, with officials rushing to deny spying on Washington and to assure the United States of its friendship. [Page 1A]

Residue found in Russian crash

Residue of the same type of explosive that was found in the wreckage of one of two Russian airliners that crashed last week has been found in the second one, officials said yesterday. [Page 18A]

U.S., militants battle in Baghdad

Shiite militants and U.S. forces battled throughout the Baghdad slum of Sadr City, and a mortar barrage slammed into a neighborhood in the capital in violence yesterday that killed at least five people and wounded dozens. [Page 18A]

MARYLAND

Area schools aim for better year

Baltimore-area school systems are hoping to put the turbulence of the past academic year behind them this week as a new term starts. Last year's troubles included a grade-changing scandal, a school shooting and a near-bankruptcy. Now principals and superintendents aim to return their focus to education. [Page 1B]

Peace diverts Klan rally

Nine people marched with the Klu Klux Klan in Sharpsburg yesterday, but the impact of their presence was diluted by other events -- a dance marathon, a free pizza party and a bluegrass concert -- that were held as gestures of peace and unity. [Page 1B]

SPORTS

Relay team falters

A sloppy exchange between Justin Gatlin and Coby Miller cost the U.S. 400-meter relay team the gold medal by 0.01 of a second. The final leg was run by Maurice Greene, one of three of the U.S. relay runners to place in the top four in the 100-meter dash, was unable to surpass Britain's Mark Lewis-Francis at the finish. [Page 1D]

U.S. basketball's golden girls

Tina Thompson scored 18 points and hit a crucial three-pointer in the waning minutes as the U.S. women's basketball team completed a gold-medal threepeat, beating Australia, 74-63. The U.S. men team salvaged a medal, beating Lithuania, 104-96, for the bronze. [Page 8D]

O's suffer 12th straight loss

Rod Barajas' sacrifice fly in the seventh inning produced the winning run for the Texas Rangers, sending the visiting Orioles to their 12th consecutive defeat, 4-3. The Orioles' Miguel Tejada hit a two-run homer in the first inning, but Rodrigo Lopez couldn't hold a 3-1 lead. The skid is now tied for the third longest in franchise history. [Page 1D]

Taylor carries Ravens to victory

Chester Taylor ran two touchdowns, giving the offense just enough lift as the Ravens defeated the visiting Detroit Lions, 17-6, in a preseason NFL game. Although the Ravens' defense set the tone throughout, Taylor produced a run of 84 yards on the way to 110 for the night, and Kyle Boller went 9-for-14 for 93 yards. [Page 1D]

ARTS & SOCIETY

Asking politicians to play nice

A trio of Baltimore artists armed with a video camera will join Republicans gathering in New York City this week to ask the same question they asked of Democrats in Boston last month: Can you say one nice thing about the other party? [Page 2F]

DVD to renew `Passion' earnings

Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ, which has already earned more than $600 million since its February release, comes out on video and DVD Tuesday, and is expected to earn its director millions more. [Page 9F]

HOME & FAMILY

Tiny dogs, big problems

With celebrities like Paris Hilton and Britney Spears sporting them in their arms, toy dogs are becoming a fashion statement. However, the American Kennel Club and others are alarmed at the trend, as the breeding of the tiny dogs can cause big health problems. [Page 1N]

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"It's a very small gesture, a small thing. But maybe if everybody did small things, the situation would change. We're not expecting to end the political rancor, but we just wanted to do something."

Francesca Danieli, Baltimore artist, on her quest to get Democrats and Republican to say one nice thing about each other. (Article, Page 2F)

OLYMPICS FINALE

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