Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

September 22, 2004

WORLD

Bush tells U.N. he will stand firm

President Bush vowed to the U.N. General Assembly that he would not retreat from "advancing the rights of mankind," and said the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan boosted the long-term security of the world. [Page 1a]

Iran defies atomic energy agency

Iran defied the International Atomic Energy Agency by announcing that it has begun converting uranium into a gas needed for enrichment, a process that could be used to create nuclear weapons. [Page 1a]

2nd U.S. hostage killed, group says

An Islamic militant group claimed yesterday to have beheaded a second American hostage held in Iraq. Meanwhile, in Baghdad, a car bomb injured four American soldiers, and two Marines were reported killed earlier west of the capital. [Page 16a]

NATIONAL

Go slow on change, Kissinger says

Former Secretary of State Henry A. Kissinger told Congress to slow down creation of a new intelligence superboss, and said he and other cold warriors think only deliberation would ensure the change won't hurt intelligence and security capabilities of the United States. [Page 3a]

Travel information turned over

Everyone who took a commercial flight within the United States in June will have his travel information turned over to the government so it can test a system for identifying potential terrorists, federal officials announced. [Page 3a]

CBS producer linked to meeting

A senior aide to Sen. John Kerry said a CBS News producer arranged a phone conversation between himself and retired Texas National Guard Lt. Col. Bill Burkett, who was a key source for a discredited report on President Bush's military service. Burkett expected CBS to pay him for documents, a former Guard colleague said. [Page 7a]

MARYLAND

Homemaker tells of abuse as teen

A Howard County homemaker testified at a hearing in which a man acknowledged sexually abusing her in the 1970s when she baby-sat for his daughters. Kate Knauer said she came forward this year to achieve a "certain peace." The man pleaded guilty to one count of child abuse in return for probation before judgment. [Page 1b]

Scores for UM freshmen drop

The average scores of freshmen entering the University of Maryland, College Park have fallen slightly for the first time in six years. University officials say that rising tuition is the primary reason. [Page 1b]

Judge recuses self in sniper trial

The judge who was to preside over the next trial of convicted Washington-area sniper John Allen Muhammad has recused himself, after prosecutors accused him of wrongly conducting a probe into whether the defendant had been denied a speedy trial. [Page 2b]

SPORTS

Orioles nearly rally, then fold

Javy Lopez hit a two-run homer in the ninth inning to give the Orioles a one-run lead, but Boston won on Mark Bellhorn's two-run, two-out single in the bottom of the inning, 3-2. B.J. Ryan gave up a walk and a double, and Jorge Julio allowed Bellhorn's hit. [Page 1c]

Bonds to stay on with Giants

Barry Bonds will have two more seasons with the San Francisco Giants to break Hank Aaron's career home run record after the team decided to drop its right to void the final contract year. Bonds needs 55 homers to pass Aaron's 755. "This is where I want to end my career," said Bonds, 40. [Page 2c]

Hamilton's gold in jeopardy

Olympic cycling champion Tyler Hamilton declared his innocence as he awaited backup-test results for possible blood doping that could cost him the gold medal. Tests at the Olympics and at a Spanish event showed evidence of another person's blood, said a spokesman for Hamilton's team. [Page 2c]

BUSINESS

Court ruling favors Unitas son

A battle over the name and image of Baltimore Colts legend Johnny Unitas took a new turn when a Maryland Court of Special Appeals panel ruled in favor of the quarterback's eldest son over Unitas' widow and personal business advisers who had accused the son of mismanagement. [Page 1a]

Fed raises interest rates again

The Federal Reserve raised short-term interest rates another notch and suggested that it would gradually raise them over the next year. The Fed, with its third increase in three months, pushed the federal-funds rate on overnight loans between banks from 1.5 percent to 1.75 percent. [Page 1d]

Sylvan expects to go public soon

The owner of tutoring giant Sylvan Learning Center expects to go public this week - possibly tomorrow - with an offering of at least 15 million shares priced at $12 to $14 a share. [Page 1d]

TODAY

Johnson to move Heritage Cinema

Michael Johnson, founder of Heritage Cinema in the Towson area, says he will relocate his movie house, which is dedicated to African-American films and directors, to another state that offers more support. [Page 1e]

History is behind each debate rule

About 30 pages of do's and don'ts will place limits on camera angles, speakers' movements and number of staff members in the wings at the Bush-Kerry debates Sept. 30, Oct. 8 and Oct. 13. Experts say there's history behind every rule. [Page 1e]

TODAY ONLINE

BUSH ADDRESSES U.N.

President Bush defended his decision to invade Iraq to a United Nations General Assembly session. Read the full text of his address. www.baltimoresun.com/iraq

SCHOOL DESEGREGATION

As a result of the Brown v. Board of Education Supreme Court ruling, Baltimore City schools desegregated 50 years ago this month. Read more about the impact of the Brown decision. www.baltimoresun.com/brown

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