Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

September 11, 2004

NATIONAL

CBS defends memos' authenticity

The storm over President Bush's Vietnam War-era service in the Texas Air National Guard exploded for a third day yesterday, with CBS insisting on the authenticity of memos that suggest he received favorable treatment and a variety of critics saying that the documents appear to be forgeries. [Page 1a]

Unproved links pay off for GOP

The war in Iraq, often regarded as one of President Bush's biggest weaknesses in his bid for a second term, has yet to seriously threaten his re-election. Among the reasons: Bush, the administration and fellow Republicans have done an effective job of linking the Iraq invasion to the Sept. 11 attacks, despite a lack of evidence. [Page 1a]

Caucus has advice for Kerry

Rep. Albert R. Wynn, a Prince George's County Democrat, and other members of the Congressional Black Caucus are apparently unhappy with Sen. John Kerry's efforts to energize his base among African-Americans. Kerry is scheduled to deliver a speech to the caucus tonight. [Page 3a]

WORLD

Doctors begin to separate twins

Nearly every resident of the picturesque town of Lemgo, Germany, is awaiting news about two tiny residents - 13-month-old conjoined twins who are about to undergo a separation procedure at Johns Hopkins Hospital. The operation, which begins today, could last 24 to 48 hours. [Page 1a]

U.S. adds pressure on Iran

The United States intends to ask the International Atomic Energy Agency to refer Iran's nuclear program to the U.N. Security Council - a move that could bring more pressure and possibly international sanctions against Tehran. [Page 10a]

MARYLAND

Scientists baffled by dead turtles

Nearly two dozen dead loggerheads and leatherbacks have washed up on Maryland and Delaware beaches in the past 10 days. Scientists say they have few clues about what caused the death of the sea turtles, but some researchers speculate it might be violent, hurricane-related weather. [Page 1b]

Stadium Place housing dedicated

Elected officials and community leaders yesterday dedicated the initial phase of the $50 million development on the site of the former Memorial Stadium in Baltimore. The 30-acre Stadium Place development already includes a YMCA and 70 units of low-income senior housing; another 110 housing units are expected by Thanksgiving. [Page 1b]

Recognition for forgotten graves

A crowd of more than 100 gathered yesterday to dedicate as a historic site a cemetery on the grounds of Crownsville Hospital Center, where the graves of nearly 2,000 African-Americans are marked only by anonymous stones. The ceremony was a victory for local historians, who wanted the burial area preserved. [Page 1b]

SPORTS

O's hold on for 14-8 win over N.Y.

B.J. Surhoff drove in four runs and Miguel Tejada added a two-run homer and three RBIs as the Orioles defeated the Yankees, 14-8, at Camden Yards. The Orioles scored eight runs in the third inning for a 10-3 lead. [Page 1c]

Russians head to U.S. Open final

Elena Dementieva outlasted Jennifer Capriati, 6-0, 2-6, 7-6 (5), and Svetlana Kuznetsova beat a limping Lindsay Davenport, 1-6, 6-2, 6-4, to set up an all-Russian women's final at the U.S. Open. [Page 1c]

Miami wins, 16-10, in ACC debut

Frank Gore's 18-yard touchdown run gave No. 5 Miami a 16-10 victory over No. 4 Florida State. The Hurricanes, playing their first game as a member of the Atlantic Coast Conference, extended their winning streak over the Seminoles to six games. [Page 1c]

BUSINESS

Showdown in the unfriendly skies

The nation's major airlines have battled competition, recession and war before, and when low-fare People Express threatened to reshape the industry in the 1980s, the major carriers won. But the 2001 terrorist attacks brought new challenges, and in the current showdown between the established airlines and low-fare competitors, victory may be at hand for the upstarts. [Page 1a]

City home prices surge

Baltimore's real-estate rebound, long awaited but mainly evident near the waterfront, hit a milestone last month when the city posted a record 33 percent increase in home prices - double the region's rise as a whole. The last monthly increase that approached it in Baltimore was a 29 percent jump in November 2002. [Page 1a]

JAE barred from building homes

Maryland's attorney general yesterday ordered two affiliated local homebuilders to pay more than $600,000 to seven customers for taking their money without completing their homes. The cease-and-desist order bars JAE Developers of Owings Mills and JAE Homes Inc. of Baltimore and their executives, Kimberly Zahrey and Walter Osborne Ely Jr., from building more homes in Maryland. [Page 12c]

TODAY

BSO's Temirkanov to leave

Yuri Temirkanov will step down as music director of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra at the end of the 2005-2006 season, he says. "It's time," the Russian-born conductor said yesterday, indicating that he also is looking forward to spending more time in his hometown, St. Petersburg. [Page 1d]

Unreleased Lennon tunes due out

We haven't heard the last of John Lennon. Capitol Records will release a 17-song disc this fall that pulls together some of the quieter post-Beatles work by Lennon, who was murdered in 1980. Seven of the tracks will be available for the first time. [Page 2d]

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"It doesn't look good for CBS - at least at the moment. These are serious questions."

Brooks Jackson, a former investigative reporter, on CBS' evidence against President Bush (Article, Page 1A)

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REMEMBERING 9/11

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