Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

September 25, 2004

NATIONAL

Kerry sets out anti-terror plan

Sen. John Kerry sharply attacked President Bush's handling of the war on terrorism yesterday, asserting that terror attacks are on the rise worldwide and that the Bush administration is in confusion about how to respond. Kerry set forth a detailed seven-point proposal for fighting terrorism. [Page 1a]

Calif. adopts limits on emissions

California air regulators approved yesterday the world's most stringent rules to reduce auto emissions that contribute to global warming - a move that could affect car and truck buyers nationwide. By 2012, the rules are expected to cut greenhouse-gas emissions from cars and trucks by an average of 22 percent. [Page 3a]

WORLD

Kidnappers seize 10 civilians

Six Egyptians and four Iraqis working for Iraq's mobile phone company have been kidnapped, authorities said yesterday. Muslim leaders in Britain said they will send negotiators to Baghdad to try to win the release of hostage Kenneth Bigley. [Page 10a]

Navy charges SEAL commandos

The Navy filed assault and other criminal charges against three more SEAL commandos in connection with Iraqi prisoner abuse investigations. The three are in addition to four SEALs charged Sept. 2 with assault in the death of a prisoner last fall. [Page 11a]

MARYLAND

Kassoff to lead bridge inquiry

The Maryland Transportation Authority has tapped the former head of the State Highway Administration to lead a panel investigating what went wrong in rebuilding the westbound Bay Bridge. Hal Kassoff will lead consultants studying why concrete is cracking on the newly resurfaced deck. [Page 1b]

Warm welcome for reservists

In a rousing patriotic ceremony last night in Cumberland, several hundred family, friends and local officials belatedly welcomed home members of the 372nd Military Police Company, the unit at the heart of the detainee abuse at Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison. "We're very proud for our boys, I'll tell you," said one woman, "very proud." [Page 1b]

City working on traffic lights

The underground electrical fire that knocked out power to a 25-square-block swath of downtown Monday also damaged the computerized system that synchronizes traffic signals at 220 intersections throughout a much larger area of the city. "We are shooting for Monday morning to fix the signals," said a spokeswoman for the city's Department of Transportation. [Page 1b]

SPORTS

Tejada's HR in 9th lifts O's

Miguel Tejada hit a three-run homer in the bottom of the ninth, lifting the Orioles to a 7-5 victory over the Detroit Tigers at Camden Yards. The decisive drive off Esteban Yan clinched the Orioles' 72nd win, surpassing last year's 71. [Page 1c]

Williams to repay Dolphins

Former Miami Dolphins running back Ricky Williams was ordered to repay the team $8,616,353 in bonus money for breaching his contract when he suddenly quit before training camp. Arbitrator Richard Bloch ruled that Williams must repay money under the contract he left behind when he shocked the Dolphins with his sudden retirement last month. [Page 7c]

DiMarco makes run at Singh

Chris DiMarco shook off the disappointment of his performance last week at the Ryder Cup to produce the best round at the PGA 84 Lumber Classic yesterday in Farmington, Pa.. His 7-under-par 65 gave him a two-day total of 9-under 135, within three shots of leader Vijay Singh (68). [Page 9c]

BUSINESS

BSO proposes selling its hall

With debts mounting and its future on the line, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra is proposing to sell Meyerhoff Symphony Hall to a new nonprofit subsidiary, then lease it back. The deal would give the BSO money to finance its growing deficit, while the orchestra's players would make pay and benefit concessions but eventually gain control over hiring. [Page 1a]

Orders for durable goods fall

Orders to U.S. factories for big-ticket durable goods dropped 0.5 percent last month, largely weighed down by a sharp decline in demand for commercial airplanes, but economists said the manufacturing recovery overall is progressing. [Page 12c]

SEC investigates Morningstar

Morningstar Inc., a U.S. research firm used by millions of investors to decide what mutual funds to buy, said the Securities and Exchange Commission is investigating it for publishing incorrect performance data for a fund, and may sue the firm for violating securities laws. [Page 12c]

TODAY

Art from Annapolis sidewalks

In downtown Annapolis, 25 painters have taken to the streets to capture images of the capital as summer turns to fall. The artists, part of the third annual Paint Annapolis, will paint through today before having their landscapes and portraits exhibited and judged tomorrow at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts. [Page 1d]

Bleak portrait of Rose from ESPN

Sports network ESPN, which has made a specialty of tackling tough subjects in its original dramatic programming, continues that tradition tonight with the airing of Hustle, a movie about the betting scandal involving baseball legend Pete Rose. [Page 1d]

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QUOTE OF THE DAY

"I say, hurray! - a nonprofit being really innovative in the financial markets. Typically, arts nonprofits are very stodgy and non-innovative." -- Syracuse University professor Arthur Brooks, on the BSO's proposed sale of Meyerhoff Hall (Article, Page 1A)

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