Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

September 19, 2004

NATIONAL

Bush reviews Guard documentsTODAY President Bush said yesterday that he has reviewed disputed documents that raised questions about his Air National Guard service and said he did not recall having seen them previously. "There are a lot of questions about the documents, and they need to be answered," Bush said. [Page 3a]

Poll finds tilt to Bush

President Bush has pulled ahead of Democratic rival John Kerry in six key battleground states, according to a new Knight Ridder-MSNBC poll. Florida, a seventh swing state, couldn't be surveyed accurately because of the disruption caused by hurricanes. [Page 3a]

WORLD

Insurgents detonate car bombs

A series of car bombs killed at least 19 Iraqis outside a national guard recruiting station and two U.S. soldiers elsewhere in Iraq yesterday. Al-Jazeera satellite channel broadcast videotapes of three Western hostages seized Thursday in Baghdad and threatened with execution. Their captors demanded the release of Iraqi women held in two U.S.-run prisons. [Page 1a]

IAEA confronts Iran on uranium

The International Atomic Energy Agency said yesterday it "strongly urges" Iran to halt its uranium enrichment program and said it would judge Tehran's compliance in two months. However, the resolution did not set a strict Oct. 31 deadline, as the United States had sought. [Page 21a]

U.N. threatens sanctions in Sudan

The U.N. Security Council approved a resolution yesterday threatening oil sanctions against Sudan unless the government stops militia-based violence in the Darfur region. The measure calls for a commission to determine whether the violence has reached the level of genocide. [Page 21a]

MARYLAND

Storm kills two in Cecil Co.

Tornadoes and storms spawned by the remnants of Hurricane Ivan tore through Maryland early yesterday, killing two women in Cecil County, causing flooding in Western Maryland and damaging 40 buildings in Frederick County, state emergency officials said. [Page 1a]

Philbrick addresses MTBE leaks

Harford County residents angry about wells contaminated by a gasoline additive put state and county officials on the spot yesterday. Environment Secretary Kendl P. Philbrick assured frustrated residents of the Fallston neighborhood the state is doing all it can to stem leaks from gas stations in an area where 250 wells now are tainted by the additive MTBE. [Page 1b]

Baltimore Book Festival returns

Despite a soggy start and blustery winds, the city's annual celebration of the written word returned to Mount Vernon Place yesterday, after being washed out by Tropical Storm Isabel last year. The three-day event, which concludes tonight, features readings from local and national authors, entertainment and stall after stall of new and used books. [Page 1b]

SPORTS

Terps lose to West Virginia in OT

Rasheed Marshall threw a 7-yard touchdown pass to Chris Henry in overtime to give the No. 7 Mountaineers a 19-16 victory over No. 21 Maryland. The Terps' Nick Novak missed a 49-yard field-goal try with 1:15 remaining in the fourth quarter, then made a 33-yarder in overtime. [Page 1e]

Tejada's 5 RBIs lift O's, 12-3

Miguel Tejada homered twice and drove in five runs, helping Orioles rookie Daniel Cabrera to his 12th victory, a 12-3 rout of the host Twins. Brian Roberts set an American League single-season record for doubles by a switch-hitter, with his 47th. [Page 1e]

Hopkins knocks out De La Hoya

Bernard Hopkins drilled a left hook to the body of Oscar De La Hoya, then clipped him with a blow to the right side of his head, knocking him out at 1:38 of the ninth round in Las Vegas to become boxing's undisputed middleweight champion. [Page 1e]

BUSINESS

Gaps in the rank and file

Small-business owners, police and fire units in small communities have been among those hit hardest by lengthy deployments of National Guard and Reserve soldiers in Iraq. The strains are less pronounced for large employers, but the added costs accumulate over time. [Page 1d]

Hanging up on the conference call

One-third of the roughly 15,000 publicly traded companies in America engage in a quarterly ritual known as the conference call. Company executives discuss their recent earnings and field questions from a few analysts and investors, while journalists and anyone else who wants to can listen in. But some companies, including well-known names, forgo the quarterly call. Some contend the calls wrongly encourage a short-term mentality to boost earnings. [Page 1d]

TODAY

Emmy night belongs to HBO

Tonight's Emmy Awards should confirm a major shift in the television landscape. Because network television has chosen to pursue the sky-high ratings of reality TV at the expense of excellence in drama and comedy, the most-honored shows are almost all on cable. [Page 3f]

A landmark for Native Americans On Tuesday, the National Museum of the American Indian opens on the Mall in Washington with a six-day festival. A $220 million project that was 15 years in the making, it opens as a place of pride and paradox for indigenous American cultures, a monument to a people's survival. [Page 6f]

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"Native people love museums because we have their stuff, and they hate museums because we have their stuff."

Rick West, founder and director of the new National Museum of the American Indian (Article, Page 6F)

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