Sun News Digest


September 04, 2004


Navy Seals charged with assault Four Navy Seal commandos have been charged with assaulting and mistreating an Iraqi detainee who died during questioning at Abu Ghraib prison in November, and then lying about it, the Navy said yesterday. [Page 3a]

Bush returns to Pennsylvania

Abandoning Manhattan for Moosic, Pa., President Bush finished his business at the Republican convention and flew out of the Democratic stronghold of New York and back into swing states whose voters will likely decide the election. Bush pointed to new figures showing a slight drop in the nation's unemployment. [Page 10a]

In hard-hit Ohio, Kerry talks jobs

Sen. John Kerry began the final 60 days of the presidential campaign with a slashing indictment of President Bush's record on jobs, health care and Iraq, saying Bush had misled America into war and worsened problems at home. In Ohio yesterday, Kerry said that job losses there illustrate the need for a change in the White House. [Page 11a]


Russian standoff ends in carnage

Russia's hostage crisis came to a violent end yesterday as government forces stormed the school where guerrillas were holed up with 1,200 captives. In the gunfire and explosions, more than 200 hostages died and hundreds of others were wounded. [Page 1a]

Seoul denies nuclear ambitions

South Korea denied yesterday that it has nuclear weapons ambitions and insisted that scientists' uranium-enrichment tests would not derail efforts to halt the North's nuclear programs. Seoul has acknowledged that its scientists conducted an unauthorized experiment to enrich uranium. [Page 13a]


New tip line targets dealers

Mayor Martin O'Malley and police officials unveiled yesterday an anonymous tip line that they predicted will lead to better investigations of drug dealers. Those who call will speak to experienced narcotics investigators, police say. [Page 1b]

Marylanders crowd the roads

Marylanders headed out for the Labor Day holiday weekend yesterday, with travel on the state's major roads projected to increase 3 percent over 2003. Ocean City officials expected good crowds, though some visitors might leave early to avoid the remnants of Hurricane Frances. [Page 1b]

22 bid for anti-sprawl initiative

The state has received 22 applications from developers and communities looking to take advantage of Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.'s anti-sprawl program, which promises help with projects in developed areas. However, two projects that had been promoted as ideal candidates did not apply. [Page 1b]


Darling may go on injured reserve

Ravens officials are deciding whether to place wide receiver Devard Darling on injured reserve, which would end his rookie season. Darling was the team's No. 3 receiver for most of the preseason before a quadriceps injury sidelined him the past two weeks. [Page 1c]

O's top Yanks, 3-1, for fifth in row

Rodrigo Lopez shut down the Yankees into the eighth inning, leading the visiting Orioles to a 3-1 victory that cut New York's American League East lead over the Red Sox to 2 1/2 games. The Orioles won their fifth straight game after a 12-game slide, improving to 3-11 against the Yankees this season. [Page 1c]

Floyd defeats Mets, 8-1, in debut

Mount St. Joseph alumnus Gavin Floyd, the fourth overall selection in the 2001 amateur draft, made the most of his major league debut, holding the Mets to four hits over seven innings in the Phillies' 8-1 victory. [Page 1c]


Medicare premiums to rise 17%

Older Americans will pay about 17 percent more next year for their government-run health insurance, U.S. officials announced yesterday. Starting in January, the elderly will pay $78.20 per month for doctor visits and other non-hospital services, up $11.60 from this year. [Page 1a]

Job market grows, weakly

The U.S. job market regained some momentum last month as employers added 144,000 positions. That may help take the sting out of the recent release of poor economic numbers just as the presidential campaign enters its final stretch. [Page 12c]

Science center director resigns

Three months after the Maryland Science Center unveiled the biggest expansion in its 28-year history, its executive director has resigned, the science center said yesterday. Gregory P. Andorfer is credited with reinventing the Inner Harbor attraction by doubling its exhibition space and adding high-tech, interactive exhibits. [Page 12c]


A telethon minus Mattie

After six years of sharing the spotlight with Mattie Stepanek on the annual Jerry Lewis Muscular Dystrophy Telethon, Frederick County high schooler Erin Kiernan will have to go it alone as a "goodwill ambassador" on this weekend's broadcast. Stepanek, the 13-year-old Maryland patient who became a celebrity and best-selling poet, died this summer. [Page 1d]

Chappelle caps a good year

Dave Chappelle has just signed a reported $50 million contract with Comedy Central, and he's set to make movies for Paramount. Capping what he calls the best year in his career, the Washington native premieres a comedy special on Showtime tonight. [Page 1d]


"Once a hurricane enters the Atlantic basin, everyone pays attention." -- Ocean City Mayor Jim Mathias, on Hurricane Frances (Article, Page 1B)



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