Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

August 30, 2004

NATIONAL

100,000 protest Bush, war

On the eve of the Republican National Convention in New York City, more than 100,000 protesters took to the streets of Manhattan to stage a passionate and peaceful demonstration against President Bush and the war in Iraq. [Page 1a]

Steele steps into spotlight

Maryland Lt. Gov. Michael S. Steele steps into the national spotlight this week with an appearance on CNN's Late Edition and a choice evening speaking spot in the Republican National Convention tomorrow. [Page 5a]

Tropical Storm Gaston

Tropical Storm Gaston made landfall in South Carolina yesterday with near-hurricane winds, prompting flood watches and knocking out power to at least 125,000 people. The system was projected to move up the East Coast, possibly over the Chesapeake Bay area. [Page 3a]

WORLD

More than 15 die in bombings

A car bombing yesterday at the office of a U.S. security contractor in Afghanistan's capital left seven people dead, including two Americans. Another blast hours earlier at a school in southeastern Afghanistan reportedly killed at least eight children and one adult. [Page 1a]

Negotiations in Iraq

U.S. military officials and representatives of rebel Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr held talks yesterday aimed at reducing violence in the Baghdad slum of Sadr City, a day after clashes there killed 10 people. An agreement remained elusive, with U.S. officials rejecting demands for a troop pullout from the neighborhood. [Page 9a]

MARYLAND

Rezoning process nears end

A nearly yearlong exercise that allows every Baltimore County property to be considered for a zoning change is nearing an end, with a County Council vote slated this week on the Comprehensive Zoning Map Process. [Page 1b]

Firm pays to remove city trees

Sixteen city-owned trees have been cut down outside Baltimore's 1st Mariner Arena, paid for by a billboard company that has blanketed the arena's faM-gade with signs. City officials say Clear Channel Outdoor did the taxpayers a favor because some trees were sick. But critics say it was done to give the public a better view of the billboards. [Page 1b]

TODAY

Premieres begin on NBC, Fox

NBC has rushed its fall season premieres to this week, hoping to cash in on momentum from its Olympics coverage. Fox, its increasingly bitter rival, has followed suit. And their choice of shows tells plenty about what's to come from other networks this season. [Page 1c]

`Clerks' sequel in the works

Director Kevin Smith is working on a sequel to Clerks, the independent hit he made for $27,000 in 1994. [Page 2c]

SPORTS

McAlister, Sanders on way

Ravens officials confirmed that former Pro Bowl cornerback Deion Sanders is expected to end his three-year retirement and play for the Ravens. Also, All-Pro cornerback Chris McAlister said he will end his monthlong absence and report to the Ravens today despite continued frustration over a contract dispute. [Page 1d]

O's break 12-game skid

Melvin Mora hit a pair of two-run singles, and the visiting Orioles broke a 12-game losing streak by holding on to beat the Texas Rangers, 7-6. The Orioles ended their longest slide since losing the final 12 games of the 2002 season. Sidney Ponson (9-13) allowed five runs and 12 hits -- 11 singles -- in seven innings, but won for the sixth time in seven decisions. [Page 1d]

Bizarre incident mars marathon

With Vanderlei de Lima leading the Olympic marathon with roughly three miles to the finish, a defrocked Irish priest tackled the Brazilian. Lima returned to the course unhurt after the police intervened and earned the bronze medal. Stefano Baldini of Italy won gold, and American Meb Keflezighi took the silver -- the first U.S. medal in the event in 28 years. [Page 1d]

Curacao wins Little League title

Carlos Pineda struck out 11 as Pabao Little League of Willemstad, Curacao, defeated Conejo Valley of Thousand Oaks, Calif., 5-2, to win the Little League World Series championship in South Williamsport, Pa. It marked the first Little League title for any Caribbean team. [Page 5d]

GOP CONVENTION

For updates from the Republican National Convention in New York this week, go to www.baltimoresun.com/election2004

BACK TO SCHOOL

Doors open this week on schools throughout the area. Keep up on education news at

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