Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

September 24, 2004

Quote of the day

"Let's say you tried to have an election and you could have it in three-quarters or four-fifths of the country, but some places you couldn't because the violence was too great. Well, so be it. Nothing's perfect in life."

-- Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld, on planned national elections in Iraq (Article, Page 1A)

Markets

DOW (down)

-70.28

10,038.90

Nasdaq (up)

+0.72

1,886.43

S&P (down)

-5.20

1,108.36

Sun index (down)

-0.87

266.97

NATIONAL

Right-to-die case

The Florida Supreme Court struck down a law yesterday that was rushed through the Legislature in October to keep a severely brain-damaged woman on a feeding tube against her husband's wishes. [Page 3A]

Congress extends tax cuts

Congress approved yesterday a $145.9 billion package of tax relief to extend three popular middle-class tax cuts, giving President Bush his fourth major tax victory since taking office. The Senate approved the measure 92-3 last night less than an hour after it cleared the House by a similarly lopsided vote of 339-65. [Page 3A]

Glaciers may be sliding away

Scientists are finding new evidence some glaciers in Antarctica may be slip-sliding away, a process with potentially serious consequences over the long term for global sea levels. [Page 5A]

WORLD

Iraq elections to proceed

President Bush and Iraqi Prime Minister Ayad Allawi made a forceful case yesterday that elections in Iraq would take place in January as planned. Speaking before Congress, Allawi heaped praise on the United States for removing Saddam Hussein from power. [Page 1A]

MARYLAND

Tax revenue above projections

Maryland is collecting more tax revenue than anticipated, a trend likely to influence Ehrlich administration decisions on whether to cut deeply into health care for children, addicts and the poor. The treasury should take in an additional $242.6 million in the current budget year than projected when officials were preparing the spending plan six months ago, according to unofficial figures obtained by The Sun. [Page 1A]

Hickey School management

The state Department of Juvenile Services has scrapped plans to bring in a private contractor to run the troubled Charles H. Hickey School in Baltimore County and instead plans to continue running the troubled facility itself. The decision comes at a time when an independent monitor has sharply criticized the state's management of the juvenile jail in Baltimore. [Page 1B]

Flaws in Bay Bridge project

The Maryland Transportation Authority, in the middle of a four-year project to rebuild the westbound deck of the Bay Bridge, will have to tear up and redo more than half of the resurfacing work because of cracks in the cement, the agency said yesterday. Fixing the problem will cause further traffic delays and add at least $7 million to the cost of what was to be a $60 million project, officials said. [Page 1B]

BUSINESS

College savings plan

The board of the College Savings Plans of Maryland approved yesterday new contract prices for the prepaid plan that begins enrollment Nov. 15. Depending on a child's age and other factors, the increases range from 10.1 percent to 10.8 percent. [Page 1C]

Stock rises for Sylvan parent

The Baltimore-based parent of Sylvan tutoring centers saw its stock price jump 9 percent in the first day of trading yesterday, after an initial public offering that netted the company about $49 million. [Page 1C]

Canton development expansion

Baltimore developer and banker Edwin F. Hale Sr. is proposing to expand his plans for Canton's waterfront with hopes of adding hundreds of upscale condominiums at his Canton Crossing development. [Page 1C]

TODAY

Confidence in news falls

A new Gallup Poll, based on surveys taken last week, found that just 44 percent of Americans say they are confident that U.S. news outlets are presenting the news accurately and completely. That's down from 54 percent just a year ago. [Page 1D]

Parents favor TV regulations

A national survey of parents released yesterday by the Kaiser Family Foundation found 63 percent in favor of regulations limiting sex and violence in TV shows during the early hours (from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.). A question about the Janet Jackson Super Bow incident found only 17 percent "very concerned" about it. [Page 10D]

SPORTS

Angelos speaks against D.C. plan

A two-hour meeting by Major League Baseball's Executive Council produced no decision on whether the struggling Montreal Expos will move next season to Washington, but it made plain the chief obstacle to baseball's leading relocation plan: Peter G. Angelos. The Orioles' owner made his case against the plan at a meeting attended by seven other team owners. [Page 1A]

O's hang on, beat Red Sox, 9-7

The Orioles, who had lost heartbreakers the previous two nights at Fenway Park, escaped with a 9-7 victory over the Red Sox when B.J. Ryan retired David Ortiz on a deep fly to right field with two runners on base. The Orioles went 6-4 on their final road trip and 40-41 away from Camden Yards this season. [Page 1E]

Cyclist Hamilton to keep gold

Tyler Hamilton will be allowed to keep his Olympic cycling gold medal. The International Olympic Committee dropped its investigation into a blood test from the Summer Games that showed he used a transfusion to boost his endurance. The decision was made because the Athens lab mistakenly put his backup sample in a deep freeze, not because the IOC believes Hamilton was clean. [Page 10E]

Arrington to miss 2 to 4 weeks

Redskins linebacker LaVar Arrington, a three-time Pro Bowl selection, is expected to miss two to four weeks - including Monday night's game against the Cowboys - after a flare-up led him to have surgery to repair torn cartilage in his right knee. [Page 8E]

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