Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

September 07, 2004

NATIONAL

Fla. drying out from Frances

Rain-weary residents dried out, cleaned up and surveyed the damage caused by Frances as the weakened storm took a second hit at the state yesterday, dumping more water and wind over the Florida Panhandle before finally moving inland. [Page 1A]

Kerry says W is "wrong"

Sen. John Kerry, battling a slide in the polls, unleashed a torrent of criticism against President Bush yesterday, telling mineworkers at a Labor Day rally in West Virginia that the W in Bush's name stands for "wrong." [Page 1a]

Bush has `no doubt' about a win

President Bush celebrated Labor Day in Poplar Bluff, Mo., enjoying a lead in the polls over Democrat John Kerry as he marches into the final eight weeks of tough campaigning to try to keep his job. Addressing nearly 20,000 supporters who braved rain in a city park. Bush said he harbors "no doubt" that he will win in November. [Page 1a]

WORLD

7 Marines killed in suicide attack

A suicide car-bomber struck a military convoy near the city of Fallujah yesterday, killing seven Marines, in the deadliest attack on U.S. forces since April. Three members of the Iraqi national guard also were killed in the bombing. [Page 1a]

Hamas training ground attacked

Israeli helicopters attacked a Hamas training field early yesterday, killing at least 13 Palestinians and wounding 25 in the bloodiest strike in Gaza in months, officials said. Most of the casualties were members of the anti-Israeli militant group. [Page 9a]

Scores of Russian hostages buried

Funeral processions filled the rainy streets of Beslan in southern Russia yesterday, as townspeople buried scores of victims of a deadly school siege that prosecutors linked to a Chechen rebel leader. [Page 9a]

MARYLAND

City schools start class today

Nearly 87,000 city school students are expected to return to classes today. City schools chief Bonnie S. Copeland reported that she is hearing positive comments from school employees. School officials said the outlook for the system is good this year. It was clouded by uncertainty last year, when a financial crisis forced hundreds of layoffs and deep budget cuts. [Page 1b]

Praising a church's style

Mixing music, drama and visuals with energetic preaching has become the trademark of Bay Area Community Church. It's a style many of its members praise as free from the traditional trappings of religion that tend to chase people away. [Page 1b]

A smooth traffic report

The Maryland Transportation Authority projected an increase in Labor Day weekend traffic over last year, with more than 1.2 million vehicles traveling through the Fort McHenry Tunnel, on Interstate 95 and across the Bay Bridge over four days from Friday through yesterday. [Page 1b]

SPORTS

O's Cabrera shuts down Twins

Rookie Daniel Cabrera pitched three-hit ball over 7 1/3 innings to lead the Orioles to their seventh win in eight games. The Orioles beat the Twins 4-1 in the first game at Camden Yards since Aug. 22. Jose Leon hit a two-run home run, and Melvin Mora drove in two runs. [Page 1c]

Singh overtakes Woods at No. 1

Vijay Singh won a head-to-head matchup with Tiger Woods at the Deutsche Bank Championship to end Woods' record reign as the world's top-ranked golfer. Woods had been first for 264 consecutive weeks. Singh won the Deutsche Bank by three strokes for his sixth victory of the season. [Page 1c]

Henin-Hardenne loses at Open

Justine Henin-Hardenne lost her U.S. Open title and her No. 1 ranking last night when the top-seeded Belgian was upset in the fourth round by 14th seed Nadia Petrova, 6-3, 6-2. Earlier, fifth seed Lindsay Davenport eliminated 11th seed Venus Williams, 7-5, 6-4. [Page 1c]

BUSINESS

Cashing out on ATMs

When John Knott of Baltimore goes shopping, he avoids using cash at all costs. Instead, Knott, 33, reaches for his debit card whenever he can to buy groceries and other items. Such preferences parallel a national decline in use of automated teller machines, according to a recent survey, which found that the number of U.S. households using ATMs fell to 57 percent last year from 65 percent in 2000. [Page 9c]

US Airways passengers worry

US Airways is dangerously close to its second Chapter 11 filing in two years, a bankruptcy that could cripple the airline and its frequent fliers if the carrier fails to cut costs. The airline says it needs nearly $800 million by the end of this month to avoid bankruptcy. [Page 9c]

TODAY

Museum a mile-high challenge

Maryland apparently has lost out to Denver in efforts to build a permanent home for abstract-expressionist painter Clyfford Still's collection, which has many expensive strings attached. However, local art experts wonder whether Denver has bitten off more than it can chew. [Page 1d]

Another story of 7 strangers

As it begins its 15th season tonight at 10, MTV's The Real World is being given credit by TV analysts as having created today's huge audience for reality programming by socializing adolescent viewers to love the genre. [Page 1d]

He'll take game-show streak

Jeopardy contestant Ken Jennings returned to the program's season opener last night and added another show to his winning streak. [Page 2d]

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CITY SCHOOLS OPEN

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QUOTE OF THE DAY

"I've had a good run. I'm not disappointed about the ranking; I'm disappointed in not winning."

Tiger Woods, who lost his No. 1 world ranking in golf to Vijay Singh with yesterday's loss in the Deutsche Bank Championship (Article, Page 1C)

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