Sun News Digest


September 17, 2004


"Florida sticks out; it's a peninsula. It's an area that should experience a high probability of storms this time of year." Steven Zubrick, science and operations officer at the National Weather Service's Sterling, Va., forecast office (Article, Page 1A)



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1 conjoined twin dies in surgery

After marathon surgery, Johns Hopkins Hospital doctors separated 13-month- old German twins joined at the head, but one died of complications soon after. Tabea Block's heart wasn't strong enough, said surgeons. More than 75 doctors, nurses and other staff participated in the procedure. [Page 1a]

Official warned of center problems

The former head of Baltimore's state-run juvenile detention center repeatedly warned her superiors that a staffing shortage was creating unsafe conditions for youths and employees, records show. But her memos went largely unheeded until a report this week about the facility. [Page 1a]

JFX to fully reopen next week

A long ordeal will end next week for Jones Falls Expressway commuters. Officials plan to reopen all lanes and ramps after reconstruction that began in the mid-1980s. The reopening will be announced Monday, four months later than was expected when the latest project began in November 2002. [Page 1a]


Ivan batters Gulf Coast states

Hurricane Ivan blistered the Gulf Coast early yesterday, spawning killer tornadoes, 2 1/2 -story waves and torrential rain that killed at least 20 people and demolished dozens of waterfront homes. The storm delivered its worst blows to the Florida Panhandle. [Page 1a]

Chief criticizes Army Reserve

The chief of the Army Reserve says his force of part-time soldiers has yet to fully adapt to the demands of a global war on terrorism. [Page 3a]

Kerry: Bush in Iraq `spin' mode

Sen. John Kerry told a National Guard convention yesterday that President Bush has failed to level with U.S. troops or the American people about the situation in Iraq. Bush is living in a "fantasy world of spin," Kerry said. [Page 3a]

Paper loses CIA leak-case ruling

A judge rejected yesterday a New York Times attempt to quash subpoenas in the investigation into who leaked the identity of a CIA operative, Valerie Plame, to the press. [Page 4a]


Annan calls Iraq war `illegal'

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan said for the first time that the Iraq war was "illegal" because the United States and its allies failed to win explicit authorization from the Security Council before invading the country last year. [Page 1a]

2 Americans, Briton abducted

Two Americans and a Briton were kidnapped yesterday from a quiet Baghdad neighborhood where they lived. West of the Iraqi capital, U.S. forces launched attacks against insurgents in Fallujah and Ramadi. [Page 19a]


CPI suggests inflation not problem

The Consumer Price Index, the government's closely watched inflation barometer, rose by 0.1 percent last month from July, suggesting that inflation isn't currently a problem for the economy and that Federal Reserve policy-makers can stick with a gradual approach to raising interest rates. [Page 1c]

Bird-plane collisions down

Aviation and wildlife experts feel they are better addressing a costly and sometimes tragic problem involving airplane collisions with birds because the number of incidents this year seems to be falling. [Page 1c]

Hearing today in MedImmune case

A hearing is scheduled today in Washington in the case of a former MedImmune Inc. executive charged with insider trading and lying to the Securities and Exchange Commission. [Page 1c]


Orioles defeat Blue Jays, 9-5

Rodrigo Lopez won his third straight start, lifting the Orioles to an 9-5 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays. Lopez allowed four runs and nine hits in six innings for his fifth win in his past six starts. Rafael Palmeiro hit his 547th homer, leaving him one behind Mike Schmidt for 10th place on the career list. [Page 1d]

D.C. council race may affect Expos

The Montreal Expos might be headed for the Washington metropolitan area, but the defeat of three pro-stadium members of the D.C. City Council in Tuesday's primary election may steer the vagabond team to Northern Virginia. [Page 1d]

Bryant police interview published

In an interview with police after he was accused of rape, NBA star Kobe Bryant said the sex was consensual, that he stopped when she said "no," and that he wondered if she would take money to recant a claim that could damage his reputation. The Vail Daily in Colorado ran a transcript yesterday. [Page 2e]


Ramone almost right on Ramones

Johnny Ramone, who died Wednesday of cancer, once predicted that his band would become a footnote in rock history. He was almost right about punk rock's Ramones, underappreciated until it was almost too late. [Page 1e]

Emmy presenters will receive

Presenters at Sunday's Emmy Awards will get something, too. A goody bag for each presenter will include gold jewelry, luxury designer dog products, day-spa visits, a flat-screen television, a five-night stay at a resort and a 2-pound box of chocolates. [Page 2d]

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