Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

September 13, 2004

NATIONAL

US Airways files for bankruptcy

US Airways Group Inc., the nation's seventh-largest airline, filed for bankruptcy protection yesterday for the second time in two years. The Chapter 11 filing came after the airline was unable to obtain $800 million in annual cost cuts from its workers' unions that the airline said it needed to stay afloat. [Page 1a]

Nation's crime rate steady

The nation's crime rate held steady last year at the lowest levels since the government began surveying crime victims in 1973, the Justice Department reported yesterday. The study was the latest in a decade-long trend in which violent crime as measured by victim surveys has fallen by 55 percent and property crime by 49 percent. That included a 14 percent drop in violent crime from 2000-2001 to 2002-2003. [Page 3a]

Suspected arson kills 10

A suspected arson raced through an apartment complex in suburban Columbus, Ohio, yesterday, killing 10 people who lived in the same apartment, forcing others to jump to safety, and leaving at least 53 people homeless. A fire official said the blaze came just six weeks after three fires were set in the same building in an empty apartment and hallway. [Page 3a]

WORLD

Violence across Iraq kills 40

At least 40 Iraqis were killed and 142 wounded during a bloody and chaotic day of violence across Iraq, which included at least three suicide car bombings and an exchange of gunfire between an Iraqi crowd and a U.S. helicopter crew. Victims included three Polish soldiers and a journalist for the Dubai-based Al-Arabiya television network. [Page 1a]

Hurricane Ivan hits Caymans

Hurricane Ivan battered the Cayman Islands with 150-mph winds yesterday, threatening a direct hit as it flooded homes and ripped up roofs and trees three stories tall. The storm was headed for western Cuba, where it was expected to hit today. [Page 1a]

N. Korean explosion not nuclear

South Korean and U.S. officials said yesterday that a huge mushroom cloud that reportedly billowed up from North Korea last week was not the result of a nuclear explosion but that the cause remains a mystery. "It was not any kind of nuclear event," said Secretary of State Colin L. Powell. [Page 8a]

MARYLAND

Arundel faculty to get bonuses

Teachers and principals at eight Anne Arundel County schools that have struggled to reach goals on statewide tests will receive up to $1.2 million in bonuses this year - half for committing to work at those schools, and more if their students make the grade. The bonuses make Anne Arundel part of a national push to offer money as a way to promote higher academic achievement. [Page 1b]

Police on duty at schools

About 200 police officers who belong to a fast-growing specialty within law enforcement are working full time at public schools in most Maryland counties this fall. They are part of a federally funded program to put school resource officers in schools every weekday. [Page 1b]

Voting system displays errors

Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski gained first-hand knowledge yesterday of potential glitches in Maryland's costly and embattled electronic voting system. At the Takoma Park Folk Festival, Mikulski encountered a demonstration of the touch-screen voting system and decided to give it a try. She pressed the screen to vote "no," but her vote was displayed as a "yes." [Page 1b]

TODAY

Beatles' visit recalled

On Sept. 13, 1964, Morton Tadder photographed the Beatles at the Baltimore Civic Center for the London Express, completely unaware of who the lads were. Today, to mark the 40th anniversary of the Beatles' only appearance in Baltimore, the Maryland Historical Society opens an exhibit of his images. [Page 1c]

`Evil' dominates box office

Resident Evil: Apocalypse, a sequel based on the video game, is the top movie in a weak back-to-school week. [Page 3c]

SPORTS

Ravens open with a 20-3 loss

The Cleveland Browns defeated the Ravens, 20-3, for their first opening-week victory since their NFL rebirth. Jeff Garcia threw a 46-yard touchdown pass and ran for another TD in his Cleveland debut. The Ravens' Jamal Lewis, who rushed for 500 yards, including an NFL single-game record 295 last season against Cleveland, got just 57 yards on 20 carries. [Page 1a, 1e]

Redskins top Bucs, 16-10

The Washington Redskins beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 16-10, as coach Joe Gibbs made his regular-season return to the NFL. Clinton Portis carried the ball 29 times for 148 yards and a touchdown. The Redskins held the Bucs without a first down until midway through the second quarter. [Page 8e]

Sellout crowd sees Orioles' defeat

The Yankees defeated the Orioles, 9-7, before the third straight sellout crowd at Camden Yards. Orioles manager Lee Mazzilli used 10 pitchers, a major-league record for a nine-inning game. Orioles closer Jorge Julio allowed consecutive home runs to Gary Sheffield and Hideki Matsui to begin the ninth. [Page 1d]

Federer claims U.S. Open title

Roger Federer became the first man since 1988 to win three Grand Slam tournaments in one year by beating Lleyton Hewitt, 6-0, 7-6 (3), 6-0, to add the U.S. Open title to those he took at the Australian Open and Wimbledon. There hadn't been two shutout sets in the event's championship match since 1884. [Page 1d]

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