Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

September 08, 2004

MARYLAND

Slots plan discussed

General Assembly leaders, with the support of the governor, have launched a last-gasp effort to place a slot-machine referendum on the November ballot, and are discussing a plan that would authorize thousands of gambling devices at two locations in Baltimore. If enough lawmakers support the plan, a special legislative session could take place as soon as Friday, and by the middle of next week at the latest, to set up the Nov. 2 vote. [Page 1a]

City murder suspects in court

The two suspects in the murder of three Mexican children in Northwest Baltimore pleaded not guilty in Baltimore Circuit Court yesterday, and a trial was set for Dec. 13. But relatives of the children insisted that the suspects are innocent and said police have the wrong men in custody. [Page 1a]

Elections chief back, for now

Maryland Elections Administrator Linda H. Lamone was back in her office yesterday - until at least Friday morning - under a temporary restraining order granted by an Anne Arundel County judge. The court order was an agreement between Lamone and the state elections board, which announced Friday that it had filed charges to remove her from office and had suspended her with pay. On her return, some workers dabbed tears as they exchanged hugs with Lamone. [Page 1b]

BUSINESS

Citrus industry suffers

With Florida's $9.1-billion citrus fruit industry already reeling from years of overplanting, competition from imports and the low-carb craze, the recent back-to-back hurricanes destroyed more than a fifth of the state crop and will likely mean higher prices for consumers in the coming weeks. Grocery store prices for citrus products may rise by as much as 25 percent later this fall, some analysts said. [Page 1c]

Inside look at Rouse sale

The Rouse Co. offered a look yesterday at the frantic final days before its sale to a Chicago competitor, noting repeated complaints by other suitors that it was moving too fast. The emerging picture shows two companies that tried unsuccessfully to buy the Columbia mall owner and might have been willing to pay more than the winning bidder, but neither felt they could put down a formal offer by the deadline and Rouse didn't want to wait. [Page 1c]

Invesco, AIM settle

Denver-based Invesco Funds Group and sister company AIM Advisors Inc. of Houston agreed yesterday to pay $376.5 million and surrender $75 million in fees to settle state and federal allegations of improper trading, with the money mainly going to investors hurt by the practices. It's one of the largest settlements yet in the market-timing scandal that has swept the $7 trillion mutual funds industry over the past year. [Page 1c]

SPORTS

Twins rally past Riley, O's

Jorge Julio gave up a two-run homer to Mike Cuddyer in the ninth inning, and the Minnesota Twins outlasted Matt Riley's two-hit effort to defeat the Orioles, 3-1, at Camden Yards. The Twins tied the score at 1 in the eighth after Riley walked the first two batters in the inning and was pulled. [Page 1d]

S. Williams eliminated

Serena Williams was robbed of a point by an umpire's mistake at the U.S. Open, just like her sister, Venus, was at Wimbledon. The error occurred in the opening game of the third set between Williams and Jennifer Capriati, who went on to win their Open quarterfinal, 2-6, 6-4, 6-4, in New York. Also, Elena Dementieva overcame a strained groin muscle and stomach problems to defeat Amelie Mauresmo. [Page 1d]

McDonogh prevails in 2 OTs

Mike Marchiano, a senior bound for University of Maryland, converted on a rebound goal with 6:20 left in double overtime, lifting No. 1 McDonogh boys soccer team to a 1-0 victory over No. 3 Calvert Hall at McDonogh. [Page 6d]

Staley gets nod over Bettis

Pittsburgh Steelers coach Bill Cowher finally confirmed the team's worst-kept secret: Duce Staley will be the starting running back and Jerome Bettis will not. Staley, at 29, is three years younger than Bettis and has had less wear and tear than the NFL's No. 6 career rusher. [Page 7d]

TODAY

Baltimore battles the Brits

Even Mayor Martin O'Malley got into the act, doing a cameo in First Invasion: The War of 1812, a tale of how Baltimore stood its ground during the War of 1812. The film, which will air Sunday on the History Channel, will have its premiere tonight with a screening at the Senator Theatre. [Page 1e]

Entertainment roundup

ABC, trying to avoid anything like last year's Super Bowl halftime wardrobe malfunction involving Janet Jackson, will use a 10-second delay in the music show before the National Football League season opener. ... Meanwhile, Chicago rapper Twista was hurt in a van crash that killed a member of his security staff early Monday. Twista, whose real name is Carl Mitchell, was treated and released from a hospital in Erie after the van in which he was riding veered off Interstate 90 just after 4 a.m. Monday and rolled over in the median. [Page 2e]

TASTE

Pickles make a comeback

Pickles are enjoying a resurgence of popularity, thanks to new flavors and the recent clamor over low-carb diets. [Page 1f]

TODAY ONLINE

WAR IN IRAQ

Italian relief workers are taken captive and violence continues around Baghdad. Check for updates on those situations and archived coverage of the war at www.baltimoresun.com/iraq

HURRICANE WATCH

As the remnants of Hurricane Frances reach Baltimore, storm-weary Floridians are anxiously watching the progress of powerful Hurricane Ivan. Track the latest meteorological developments at www.baltimoresun.com/weather

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"The police are not looking for the real killers. These poor men are innocent."

Noemi Quezada, mother of two of three children slain in Northwest Baltimore in May, (Article, 1A)

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