Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

September 03, 2004

NATIONAL

Bush vows victory in terror war

President Bush, a wartime leader in a tight race, vowed victory over terrorism and a brighter future for Americans buffeted by a changing economy in a Republican National Convention acceptance speech that launched his fall re-election campaign. [Page 1a]

Judge dismisses terror charges

Acting at the request of prosecutors, a federal judge threw out the terrorism charges against two men convicted last year in a case once hailed by the Bush administration as a major victory in the war on terror. [Page 3a]

Residents, tourists flee Frances

Residents and tourists in cars, trucks and campers clogged highways in the biggest evacuation ever ordered in Florida, fleeing inland as mighty Hurricane Frances threatened the state with its second battering in three weeks. About 2.5 million residents were told to clear out ahead of what could be the most powerful storm to hit Florida in a decade. [Page 13a]

WORLD

25 Russian hostages released

Scores of concerned relatives gathered around a Russian school where guerrillas continued to hold hundreds of hostages. The hostage-takers allowed 25 women and young children to go free. [Page 1a]

S. Korea reveals nuclear work

In what could prove to be an embarrassment to the United States in its quest to rein in North Korea's nuclear ambitions, the South Korean government disclosed that some of its scientists secretly experimented with weapons-grade uranium. [Page 16a]

Palestinians end hunger strike

After 18 days, Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails called off their hunger strike, and while Palestinian officials tried to put on a brave face, there was little doubt that they had suffered a significant defeat. The prisoners had demanded better conditions. [Page 19a]

MARYLAND

Boy returns to germ-free home

Nine-year-old Brendan "Boomer" Hewes returned from a month of treatment at Johns Hopkins Hospital to a home that was rendered nearly germ-free by more than a dozen neighbors in Linthicum. The boy, who has a rare immune-system disease called aplastic anemia, needs to be shielded from germs for several months as he recovers from chemotherapy and a bone-marrow transplant. [Page 1a]

Panel mulls elections chief's fate

The state elections board met for more than seven hours behind closed doors in an apparent attempt to oust Maryland elections chief Linda Lamone, but adjourned without indicating its decision. Lamone, a Democratic holdover from the Glendening administration, has been under investigation by the largely Republican board for job performance issues. [Page 1b]

Festival planned for Phelps

Olympic swimming gold medalist and Rodgers Forge resident Michael Phelps will be welcomed back to his Baltimore County home on Sept. 11 with a parade in Towson, the key to the county and the renaming of a street in his honor. [Page 2b]

BUSINESS

Back-to-school sales weak

Last month's start of the back-to-school shopping season was a disappointment for major retailers, delivering the industry a third straight month of tepid sales. Even Wal-Mart Stores Inc., the industry leader, suffered last month, turning in its weakest performance in 3 1/2 years. [Page 1c]

Economy still struggling

Worker productivity growth slowed in the second quarter and new claims for unemployment benefits rose last week, according to reports that suggested that the economy was still working through its rough patch. Productivity increased at an annual rate of 2.5 percent in the second quarter - the smallest gain since late 2002. [Page 1c]

Intel revises outlook down

High-tech bellwether Intel Corp. lowered its financial outlook, likely fueling concern that orders for computers and electronics are slowing. The revised outlook from the world's largest computer chip maker appeared to be gloomier than many investors had anticipated. [Page 1c]

TODAY

`Passion' sells 4 million DVDs

The DVD of The Passion of the Christ sold more than 4 million copies on its first day Tuesday, shy of the 8 million by Finding Nemo last year, but a record for first-day tallies by R-rated, independent and non-English language films, said Steve Feldstein of Fox Home Video. [Page 2d]

Stars align for Waters premiere

Stars Johnny Knoxville, Selma Blair, Patricia Hearst, Mink Stole, Suzanne Shepherd and James Ransone will be on hand at the Senator Theatre for the Sept. 14 U.S. premiere of John Waters' A Dirty Shame, a tale of sex-crazed concussion victims. Tickets go on sale today. [Page 6d]

SPORTS

O's win streak hits 4

Erik Bedard pitched seven strong innings and Miguel Tejada drove in three runs as the Orioles routed the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, 13-2. The Orioles have followed a 12-game losing streak with a four-game winning streak. [Page 1e]

Ravens beat Giants; Ogden hurt

All-Pro left tackle Jonathan Ogden suffered a sprained medial collateral ligament in his left knee during the Ravens' 27-17 preseason win over the New York Giants. He was labeled as questionable for the Ravens' Sept. 12 season opener in Cleveland. [Page 1e]

THE RACE IS ON

The conventions are over and the campaigns are racing toward Election Day. For comprehensive continuing and archived coverage of the presidential campaign, go to www.baltimoresun.com/election2004

RAVENS RECAP

Recap the Ravens preseason game with the Giants, plus get the schedule, roster, photo galleries and more at www.baltimoresun.com/ravens

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"His accomplishments, paralleled by his character and the way he handled himself, made America proud."

Baltimore County Executive James T. Smith Jr. announcing the homecoming planned for Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps. (Article, Page 2B)

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