Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

September 23, 2004

NATIONAL

Senate confirms Goss for CIA

The Senate brushed aside concerns over partisanship and independence yesterday to confirm Rep. Porter Goss to head a CIA that's been battered by three years of intelligence failures. [Page 3a]

CBS to probe disputed story

With pressure mounting on the network, CBS announced yesterday that former U.S. Attorney General Richard L. Thornburgh and retired Associated Press president Louis D. Boccardi will investigate the 60 Minutes broadcast that used disputed documents to raise questions about President Bush's National Guard service. [Page 3a]

WORLD

Suicide bomber hits Jerusalem

A female Palestinian suicide bomber blew herself up in Jerusalem yesterday, killing herself and two Israeli police officers who had stopped to question her. Authorities credited the officers with saving dozens of people. They had stopped the bomber before she reached a crowded bus stop. [Page 1a]

Iraqi female prisoner not freed

Iraqi and American officials denied that they were about to free a female prisoner whose release the kidnappers of two Americans and a Briton have demanded. The Iraqi government earlier announced that the release of a female was imminent. [Page 10a]

MARYLAND

Cuts could hurt health programs

The Department of Health and Mental Hygiene has developed a preliminary $480 million list of program cuts that, if enacted, would deprive thousands of children of low-cost health insurance, shutter four mental health facilities and could force some women to pay for their own lab tests after rapes, according to documents obtained by The Sun.

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Floodwaters trash the bay

Floodwaters from the Susquehanna River have flushed trees, clumps of branches, road barricades and old tires into the Upper Chesapeake Bay--a flotilla of debris that is alarming boaters and environmental activists. The U.S. Coast Guard was broadcasting warnings three times a day cautioning boaters to be on the lookout. [Page 1b]

Flanagan criticizes city efforts

State Transportation Secretary Robert L. Flanagan criticized Baltimore's economic development efforts yesterday, saying that the city has failed to capitalize on opportunities to revitalize the neighborhood around Penn Station. His remarks -- which some interpreted as a slap at Mayor Martin O'Malley by a high-ranking Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. administration official -- came at a regional transportation summit. [Page 1b]

BUSINESS

Kumar indicted in fraud

The former chief executive of Computer Associates International Inc. was indicted yesterday over what federal authorities allege was a long-running effort to mislead investors about the company's finances. Ex-CEO Sanjay Kumar and former top sales executive Stephen Richards face charges that they inflated the New York firm's results by hundreds of millions of dollars. The company also agreed to pay $225 million to settle related securities fraud allegations. [Page 1a]

Verizon Wireless speeds up

Verizon Wireless in Baltimore and 10 other cities is launching a new high-speed wireless service Monday, after a successful test in Washington, San Diego and Las Vegas. Among a few offers being launched or tested by major telecommunications providers, the service is the latest sign of growth in wireless Internet use. [Page 1d]

Jaguar deal fuels city port

Up to 51,000 European Jaguars will roll off cargo ships at the port of Baltimore during the next three years en route to Midwest markets, according to a deal announced yesterday that will add more fuel to one of the state's biggest maritime businesses. [Page 1d]

TODAY

FCC fines CBS $550,000

Federal regulators yesterday fined CBS a record $550,000 for showing Janet Jackson's breast during the Super Bowl halftime show. The decision comes days after CBS acknowledged it could not authenticate documents used in a 60 Minutes report on President Bush's National Guard service. [Page 1c]

Spears' marriage not on records

Britney Spears and Kevin Federline have tied the knot but are finishing details of a prenuptial agreement before filing their marriage license with the Los Angeles County registrar's office. They were married Saturday. [Page 2c]

SPORTS

Meeting called on Expos' future

Baseball commissioner Bud Selig has called for the owners Executive Council to meet today in Milwaukee to discuss the Expos' future. A high-ranking major league official said a final decision on the Expos -- who have been run by MLB since early 2002 -- will not be reached today but will come in the next 10 days. Orioles officials say O's team owner Peter G. Angelos has become increasingly resigned to seeing the Expos play in Washington next year. [Page 1e]

Red Sox edge O's in 12th, 7-6

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