Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

October 03, 2004

NATIONAL

Poll shows Kerry slightly ahead

President Bush criticized Sen. John Kerry's foreign policy stances, and Kerry turned his focus to domestic issues on the campaign trail, while a new national poll showed Kerry taking a slight lead over Bush. [Page 3a]

Alert raised for volcano

The Mount St. Helens eruption alert level was raised yesterday, indicating that the volcano could threaten life and property. The second steam eruption in two days was followed by a powerful tremor. [Page 6a]

WORLD

Fighting Iraq insurgency

U.S. and Iraqi forces battled straggling resistance in Samarra yesterday, where the American military said 125 insurgents had been killed and 88 captured in two days of fierce fighting. [Page 18a]

Gaza offensive continues

Israeli forces continued with their major offensive in the Gaza Strip, killing 10 Palestinian gunmen. Meanwhile, members of Hamas pledged to mount rocket strikes against cities deeper inside Israel. [Page 20a]

MARYLAND

Oyster plan alarms scientists

Maryland's plan to help restore the Chesapeake Bay by adding a non-native Asian oyster is moving ahead at a speed that is alarming both the region's scientists and some federal officials. The Ehrlich administration says it is imperative that the state move quickly to replace the native oysters, but fisheries scientists say acting with haste could be reckless. [Page 1a]

Rally protests violence

For the 15th straight year, family members of those slain in Baltimore gathered yesterday to console each other and to protest the city's persistently high murder rate at a rally organized by Take Back the City, an anti-violence group. This year, some 80 participants took part in a one-mile march to the rally at War Memorial Plaza. [Page 1b]

Democrats hold summit

More than 600 Democratic Party loyalists and politicians attended yesterday's Maryland Progressive Summit in Columbia with a mission to energize the base of the party in preparation for next month's elections and to help lay the foundation for the governor's defeat in 2006. [Page 1b]

SPORTS

Orioles keep Mazzilli, coaches

Ending months of speculation after the team's disappointing first half, Orioles Vice President Mike Flanagan said the club will retain first-year manager Lee Mazzilli and his entire coaching staff next season. Mazzilli has one year left on his contract. After dropping yesterday's doubleheader with the Red Sox, the Orioles have gone 40-36 in the second half of the season. [Page 1d]

'04 J. Lewis suspension possible

Jamal Lewis is in jeopardy of being suspended this season if the NFL acts swiftly to discipline the Ravens' running back, who is expected to enter a guilty plea in his drug conspiracy case next week. Lewis, 25, is subject to the league's substance abuse policy, which would come into play as soon as his plea-bargain agreement is accepted in federal court in Atlanta. [Page 1d]

L.A. wins NL West with 7 in 9th

Steve Finley's grand slam capped a seven-run rally in the bottom of the ninth inning, giving the Dodgers the National League West crown with a 7-3 victory over the Giants. Los Angeles reached the postseason for the first time since 1996. [Page 7d]

Levi leads Constellation by 2

Wayne Levi shot a 4-under-par 68 to move to 12-under for the tournament and increase his lead to two strokes at the $1.6 million Constellation Energy Classic at Hayfields Country Club in Hunt Valley. [Page 12d]

ARTS & SOCIETY

Barbizon exhibition opens

The Road to Impressionism, an exhibition that opens today at the Walters Museum of Art, brings together some 70 works by Corot, Rousseau, Millet, Daubigny and other masters of the Barbizon school whose paintings paved the way for the Impressionists that followed. [Page 7f]

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"We shouldn't be carrying our children's pictures in our hands or carrying them on our T-shirts. We should be holding our children in our arms."

Antoinette Ricks, whose 16-year-old son was killed six weeks ago, speaking at an anti-violence rally in Baltimore. (Article, Page 1B)

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