Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

September 10, 2004

NATIONAL

Many Iraqi detainees kept hidden

The CIA kept dozens of detainees at Abu Ghraib prison and other detention facilities in Iraq off official rosters to hide them from Red Cross inspections, two senior Army generals said. An inquiry by three generals issued last month found eight documented cases of "ghost detainees," but two of the officers suggested the number was far higher. [Page 1a]

Kerry has lost race, Nader claims

Democrat John Kerry has lost the 2004 presidential race and the country should get ready for another four years of President Bush's leadership, independent candidate Ralph Nader said. Nader said Kerry and his running mate, Sen. John Edwards, have "lost the clarity of being an alternative to Bush and Cheney." [Page 3a]

Florida orders evacuation of Keys

Florida officials ordered the evacuation of the Keys as Hurricane Ivan, a category 5 storm with 160 mph winds, churned toward the 120-mile island chain. Forecasters said Ivan could reach the Keys as early as Sunday. It was on track to strike Jamaica today. [Page 3a]

WORLD

U.S. criticizes attack in Sudan

The United States declared that government-backed militias' attacks on villagers in Sudan's Darfur region amounted to genocide. [Page 1a]

U.S. forces strike Iraqi insurgents

U.S. forces in Iraq pounded insurgent strongholds in Fallujah and Tal Afar, while American troops cautiously re-entered the city of Samarra with the backing of local officials. [Page 11a]

MARYLAND

FBI investigating inmate's death

The FBI is investigating the April 30 death of inmate Ifeanyi A. Iko at Western Correctional Institution, a spokesman said. Iko, 51, a Nigerian immigrant, died after a confrontation with correctional officers- a death ruled by the state medical examiner's office as a homicide by asphyxiation. [Page 1a]

Man arrested in 1974 killing

A man wanted in the Christmas Eve 1974 killing of a Baltimore Police Department civilian employee has been arrested in Boston, officials announced. Michael Hughes had been sought for three decades. [Page 1a]

Federal inquiry on Miller closed

Federal investigators closed a preliminary inquiry into Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller's slots-related fund-raising activities after finding no evidence of wrongdoing. [Page 1b]

Farmers targeted in bay report

A new report suggesting the best and cheapest ways for Maryland, Virginia and Pennsylvania to improve Chesapeake Bay health directs nearly all of its recommendations at farmers. [Page 1b]

BUSINESS

Health insurance costs soar again

Health insurance costs posted a fourth straight year of double-digit increases, pushing the price on the most popular family coverage plans past $10,000, a new study says. Costs are up 59 percent over four years - five times the rate of wage growth and five times the general inflation rate, the study said. [Page 1a]

House against Bush on overtime

In a rebuke of a new Bush administration policy, the House of Representatives voted to block the Labor Department from carrying out overtime rules that critics argue could deprive millions of workers of overtime pay. The vote was 223-193. [Page 1c]

Judge OK on Oracle takeover bid

A federal judge rejected the government's attempt to block Oracle Corp.'s $7.7 billion takeover bid for rival PeopleSoft Inc. on grounds that a combination between the business software makers would throttle competition in a narrow market niche. [Page 1c]

TODAY

Phelps returning to Baltimore

Olympic gold medal swimmer Michael Phelps at last returns to Baltimore today, but not to rest. He will meet with students, have an autograph session and then perform in Disney's Swim with the Stars program. [Page 1d]

Jeopardy! champ set to lose?

A report on TV Week's Web site says that game show millionaire Ken Jennings has at long last been beaten. Jeopardy! spokesmen would not confirm the report. The show is taped long before broadcast, and the episode will air this fall, TV Week said. [Page 2d]

SPORTS

Roddick upset in the U.S. Open

Joachim Johansson upset Andy Roddick by 6-4, 6-4, 3-6, 2-6, 6-4 in the U.S. Open and will meet Lleyton Hewitt in the semifinals. Roger Federer defeated two-time champion Andre Agassi, 6-3, 2-6, 7-5, 3-6, 6-3, in a match suspended the previous night. Next up for Federer is Tim Henman, who defeated Dominik Hrbaty. [Page 1e]

Patriots edge Colts in NFL opener

The New England Patriots defeated the Indianapolis Colts, 27-24, in the NFL season opener. Patriots quarterback Tom Brady passed for three touchdowns, and Corey Dillon carried 16 times for 86 yards. [Page 1e]

Royals smash Detroit, 26-5

The Kansas City Royals set a team record for runs in a doubleheader, beating the Detroit Tigers, 26-5, before losing the second game, 8-0. It was the most runs scored in a major league game since Texas beat the Orioles, 26-7, in 1996, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. [Page 3e]

TODAY ONLINE

INMATE'S DEATH

Federal authorities are investigating circumstances surrounding the death of an inmate at the Western Correctional Institution in Allegheny County. Read our archived coverage of the incident, plus hear the 911 call for an ambulance. www.baltimoresun.com/inmatedeath

FRIDAY FLICKS

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QUOTE OF THE DAY

"The national anthem and the flag are intertwined, and they're rooted here at Fort McHenry. To me that story is so powerful, it eventually becomes a part of you."

Vince Vaise, park ranger, on preparations for Defenders' Day, a commemoration of a turning point in the War of 1812 (Article, Page 1D)

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