Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

September 02, 2004

NATIONAL

Breast cancer findings

Many older women with early breast cancer can safely skip radiation after having a small tumor removed, two studies published in today's New England Journal of Medicine suggest. They found that radiation provides no added benefit for women over 70 who have lumpectomies and take the drug tamoxifen. [Page 3a]

MP charged in 2 Afghan deaths

The Army has charged a military police reservist in the deaths of two Afghans in U.S. military custody in Afghanistan, and investigators have implicated about two dozen other soldiers, Army officials said yesterday. [Page 3a]

WORLD

Russian school hostage crisis

In the latest of a series of attacks in Russia, 17 masked guerrillas shot their way into Middle School No. 1 in the southern city of Beslan and took an estimated 400 teachers, parents and children hostage, threatening to blow up the building if it were stormed by authorities. They demanded that Russian troops leave Chechnya and the release of suspects arrested during a June raid in the republic of Ingushetia. [Page 1a]

`War on terror' amorphous

Experts say the recent attacks against civilians in Russia, Israel and Iraq show how the "war on terror" has no front lines, no common enemy and no common strategy for victory. [Page 1a]

Iraqi parliament convenes

Iraq's interim parliament opened its first session amid mortar fire and a court appearance by one of it members, Ahmad Chalabi. Seven foreign hostages were released after their employer paid ransom. [Page 14a]

MARYLAND

City housing development

In what officials are calling an historic opportunity, Baltimore is assembling land for the city's biggest housing development in decades by relocating a prominent church and clearing a vacant, sprawling low-income housing complex to create space for 1,100 new apartments, homes and condominiums. Plans for the site off Edmondson Avenue include affordable housing, but most to be sold at market rates and some expected to command prices of $400,000 or more. [Page 1a]

Md. elections chief under fire

The state elections board plans to meet behind closed doors today, apparently to discuss firing elections chief Linda H. Lamone, a holdover from the Glendening administration. The board, controlled by appointees of Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich, Jr., recently brought in an investigator to review her job performance. Democratic leaders decried efforts to oust her with a national election weeks away. [Page 1b]

SPORTS

O's top Tampa Bay, 8-0

Daniel Cabrera reached the seventh inning for the first time in more than a month in the Orioles' 8-0 victory over Tampa Bay. Cabrera (10-7) held the Devil Rays to two hits over 6 1/3 innings. It was the Orioles' third straight win after a 12-game losing streak. [Page 1c]

Federer tested, advances

Roger Federer got all he could handle from an unexpected U.S. Open opponent: Marcos Baghdatis, a qualifier from Cyprus, had him on his heels before the world's No. 1 player won, 6-2, 6-7 (5-7), 6-3, 6-1, to reach the third round. Third-seeded Serena Williams advanced to the third round with a 6-4, 6-3 victory over Lindsay Lee-Waters. Fourth-seeded Lleyton Hewitt began his Open with a 6-1, 7-5, 6-4 victory over Wayne Ferreira. [Page 2c]

BUSINESS

Hurricane travel quandary

People with plans to vacation in the projected path of Hurricane Frances, which is likely to hit Florida early Saturday are faced with the question: To go or not to go? [Page 1d]

An automated postal delivery

Self-service post office machines designed to sell stamps and provide other basic services have been popping up all over the country. The machines, already in about 1,200 U.S. postal branches, have just began appearing in the Baltimore-area this spring. The Cumberland Post Office today becomes the 28th Maryland branch to get one. [Page 1d]

GM, Ford to cut production

General Motors Corp. and Ford Motor Co. reported disappointing U.S. sales yesterday, prompting the nation's two largest automakers to cut planned vehicle production in the fourth quarter, which could hurt profits. [Page 1d]

TODAY

Getting the big pictures

Pupils returning to Canton Middle School next week will find works of art they created last spring turned into murals on the school's walls, thanks to an arts outreach program called Art With a Heart. [Page 1e]

Young Republicans' party crashed

A gathering of young Republicans at Madison Square Garden featured invited guests Jenna and Barbara Bush and Andrew Card, White House chief of staff - and a few uninvited protesters, who disrupted Card's speech before being taken away by authorities. [Page 1e]

TODAY ONLINE

GOP CONVENTION WINDS UP

As the week of speeches and party unity at the Republican National Convention comes to a close, get the latest news at www.baltimoresun.com/election2004

HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS PITCH

Check out today's special section, then check online all season for sports stories, schedules, standings - and even directions to the schools to get to games - at www.baltimoresun.com/sports/highschool

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"Walking down Telegraph Avenue in Berkeley, when I'm wearing a Bush T-shirt, I hear `Nazi' and `Fascist' ... if you're challenged on your views every day and you're still a Repub- lican, that's saying something."

Kelso Barnett, University of California senior (Article, Page 1E)

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