Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

September 16, 2004

NATIONAL

Probers suggest charging soldiers

Army criminal investigators found sufficient evidence to recommend negligent homicide charges against at least three soldiers, including a junior officer from an Army Reserve Military Police unit, for responsibility in the December 2002 deaths of two prisoners in Afghanistan, Pentagon officials said. [Page 1a]

Senators fault rebuilding of Iraq

Senate Republicans joined Democrats in denouncing the Bush administration's lack of progress toward rebuilding Iraq, saying the United States risks failure if it doesn't respond with more urgency. [Page 3a]

CBS looking at report about Bush

CBS News President Andrew Heyward said the network is trying to resolve questions about documents that were the basis of a 60 Minutes report last week alleging that President Bush avoided fulfilling his military duties 30 years ago with the help of special connections. [Page 10a]

WORLD

U.S. criticizes Saudi Arabia

In a rare rebuke of Saudi Arabia, the Bush administration criticized the kingdom for denying religious rights to non-Muslims. [Page 1a]

Bodies of 3 beheaded Arabs found

U.S. soldiers discovered the decapitated bodies of three Arab men yesterday north of Baghdad, and a suicide car bombing south of the Iraqi capital killed two, authorities said. [Page 12a]

MARYLAND

City jury-duty enticements offered

Getting Baltimore residents to show up for jury duty has become so difficult the city's judges are trying a new tack: offering discount parking and free sodas - with the purchase of a sandwich at nearby restaurants. [Page 1a]

Saar won't discuss inmate's death

Noting a recently launched FBI investigation, Mary Ann Saar, secretary of Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services, refused to discuss with a legislative panel details of the death April 30 of inmate Ifeanyi A. Iko at a Western Maryland prison. [Page 1b]

Plan targets juvenile-jail staffing

The governor announced a plan to ease staffing shortages at the state's new juvenile jail in Baltimore by streamlining the hiring process and transferring some incarcerated youths to other locations. The $45 million Baltimore City Juvenile Justice Center has been open less than a year. [Page 1b]

SPORTS

Blue Jays shut out Orioles, 3-0

The Blue Jays defeated the Orioles, 3-0, as Toronto ended a four-game losing streak. Left-hander Matt Riley, who was making his 10th start for the Orioles this season, allowed a run and two hits in seven innings, but he also issued seven walks. [Page 1c]

Sanders practices as a receiver

Deion Sanders continued to expand his limited role on the Ravens, practicing at receiver for the first time. Team officials said that it's unlikely Sanders would play receiver Sunday against the Pittsburgh Steelers but would not rule it out. [Page 1c]

NHL approves lockout of players

The National Hockey League is locking out its players and threatening to keep the sport off the ice for the 2004-2005 season in an effort to gain a change in the sport's economic structure. The decision was approved unanimously by NHL owners. [Page 1c, 6c]

Mets fire manager Art Howe

The New York Mets fired manager Art Howe, but left him in the dugout for the final 2 1/2 weeks of the season. General manager Jim Duquette said he asked Howe to stay for the final 17 games, and the manager agreed. [Page 6c]

BUSINESS

Stewart decides to go to prison

Martha Stewart, saying she wants to "put this nightmare behind me," will begin serving a five-month prison term while she appeals her conviction for obstructing justice. The millionaire businesswoman said she hopes that she can serve her time at a minimum-security prison in Connecticut, not far from her home there. [Page 1d]

AmeriDebt agrees to trustee

AmeriDebt agreed to be run by an independent bankruptcy trustee, several days after a court examiner released a report recommending that some of its dealings be investigated for possible fraud. The Montgomery County credit-counseling firm was expected to resist the request for a trustee. [Page 1d]

TODAY

6 to get Kennedy Center honors

Actors Warren Beatty, Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee, singers Elton John and Joan Sutherland and composer John Williams will be celebrated at the 2004 Kennedy Center Honors. They will be saluted at a dinner Dec. 4. CBS will broadcast the festivities later that month. [Page 2e]

Theatre Hopkins has to move

Theatre Hopkins, housed for more than 60 years at Merrick Barn on Johns Hopkins' Homewood campus, needs a new space. The barn will be turned over to the revived undergraduate theater program. This year's Theatre Hopkins season will be unaffected. [Page 3e]

TODAY ONLINE

HURRICANE IVAN HITS

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FANTASY FOOTBALL

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QUOTE OF THE DAY

"I can't hide my joy at having a home because it's been very difficult without one, but ... it was very difficult to see Theatre Hopkins have to move."

John Astin, director of the mostly student Johns Hopkins University Theatre, which is displacing the community theater in Merrick Barn, (Article, Page 3E)

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