Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

September 18, 2004

NATIONAL:

Ivan recovery won't be easy

Shellshocked Floridians began to clean up after their third hurricane pummeling in five weeks yesterday, while Alabama residents looked at the crumbled condos and shattered beach homes along their coast and wondered how many months it would take for life to return to normal. Widespread power outages, washed-out roads and bridges and gas shortages have complicated the recovery from Ivan. [Page 1a]

Kerry says Bush lied about troops

Democratic Sen. John Kerry yesterday accused the Bush administration of hiding a plan to mobilize more National Guard and Reserve troops after the election while glossing over a worsening conflict in Iraq. The Bush campaign called the allegation "completely irresponsible." [Page 3a]

Chechen claims Russian attacks

Chechen warlord Shamil Basayev claimed responsibility for recent attacks in Russia, including the seizure of a school in Beslan. [Page 1a]

Suicide bombing in Baghdad

A suicide car bombing in Baghdad killed at least three people. Fighting west of the capital left dozens of insurgents dead. [Page 1a]

MARYLAND

Defending Juvenile Services

Embattled Juvenile Services Secretary Kenneth C. Montague Jr. defended his agency's management of the Baltimore Juvenile Justice Center yesterday as he outlined plans to address problems raised in a scathing monitor's report. "No one should doubt the commitment of this administration, or myself, to the safety and well being of the children in our care," he said. [Page 1b]

Clark report ordered released

City officials must release an investigative report detailing police Commissioner Kevin P. Clark's domestic dispute, a Baltimore judge ruled yesterday. He said he would sign an order forcing Mayor Martin O'Malley to release the records Monday, but a spokesman for the mayor said the city plans an immediate appeal. [Page 1b]

SPORTS

Bonds hammers 700th homer

Barry Bonds hit his 700th home run, toppling another milestone and edging closer to Babe Ruth and Hank Aaron in his quest to become the greatest slugger in baseball history. Bonds rewarded his fans in the opener of the Giants' nine-game homestand with a 392-foot, opposite-field homer to left-center leading off the third inning. [Page 1c]

U.S. players in Ryder Cup hole

With the plan of pairing golf stars Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson backfiring, Europe stuck the United States with its largest first-day Ryder Cup deficit, 6 1/2 to 1 1/2 , in the history of the biennial three-day event. Only an 8-foot par putt on the 18th hole by Cup rookie Chris Riley prevented the Americans from being shut out for the third time in history. [Page 1c]

Bigbie's 7 RBIs lift Orioles, 11-2

Larry Bigbie had two doubles and a home run in a span of three innings, driving in seven runs in an 11-2 Orioles victory that ended the host Twins' winning streak at nine games. Rafael Palmeiro hit his 548th career home run, tying him for 10th place on the all-time list with Mike Schmidt. [Page 1c]

Francisco must sit rest of year

Rangers pitcher Frank Francisco was suspended for the rest of the season and fined for throwing a chair that hit a woman and broke her nose during a game this week. Francisco appealed the suspension, which will last no fewer than 16 regular-season games if upheld, said Bob Watson, baseball's vice president in charge of discipline. [Page 5c]

BUSINESS

Tsao pleads guilty in stock scams

As a respected, top-tier executive at MedImmune Inc., Eric I. Tsao was privy to secret negotiations with other public companies on deals that were virtually certain to shoot the shares in those firms skyward once the news became public. Tsao, now 44, is out at MedImmune. He faces 15 to 21 months in federal prison after pleading guilty yesterday to charges of insider trading and perjury in connection with stock scams. [Page 12c]

Md. unemployment rate inches up

Maryland's unemployment rate edged up in last month to 4.3 percent, its highest level since last December. While Maryland's rate has been ticking up since June, it remains more than a full percentage point below the national average and is among the lowest in the country. [Page 12c]

Laureate acquires Walden U.

Laureate Education Inc., a Baltimore-based higher education provider, yesterday acquired full control of an Internet-based college that is its fastest growing subsidiary. Laureate acquired the 49 percent of Walden University it didn't own for $109 million in cash and stock. The company recently changed its name from Sylvan. [Page 12c]

TODAY

Wire' returns on HBO tomorrow

The Wire, the award-winning Baltimore-based HBO crime drama, returns tomorrow night for its third season with new writers, new characters and a tougher-than-ever look at the issues of race, politics and social justice in urban America. [Page 1d]

`Home Alone' star arrested

Former child star Macaulay Culkin was arrested on drug charges yesterday, Oklahoma City, Okla., authorities said. The 24-year-old actor, best known for his role in Home Alone, was taken into custody on possession of a controlled dangerous substance without a valid prescription and possession of marijuana, according to the Oklahoma County Sheriff's office. [Page 2d]

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"Well, we made history today."

Hal Sutton, U.S. Ryder Cup captain, commenting sardonically on the United States' largest first-day deficit, 6 1/2 to 1 1/2, in the biennial golf competition against Europe. (Article, Page 1C)

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