Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

October 04, 2004

NATIONAL

Tourists camp out near volcano

Tourists camped out along park roads, hoping to catch a glimpse of the seething Mount St. Helens without being overcome by ash and smoke as scientists warned that an eruption appeared imminent yesterday. The mountain's alert was raised to Level 3, the highest possible, after a volcanic tremor was detected Saturday. However, scientists said they do not expect anything close to the devastation of the 1980 explosion.

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Rice defends Hussein theory

National security adviser Condoleezza Rice yesterday defended her characterization of Saddam Hussein's nuclear capabilities in the months before the Iraq invasion, even as a published report said government experts had cast doubt at the time. Rice said in a television interview in 2002 that the Iraqi president was trying to obtain high-strength aluminum tubes to rebuild his nuclear weapons program. [Page 1a]

High Court to review sentencing

In an effort to swiftly resolve whether the complex U.S. sentencing guidelines are constitutional, the Supreme Court will hear appeals from the Justice Department in the case of two Wisconsin drug dealers today. In the coming weeks, the justices also will weigh the constitutionality of juvenile executions, and conflicting state and federal laws concerning medical marijuana use will face renewed scrutiny. [Page 1a]

WORLD

U.S. wrests control of Samarra

Iraqi security forces patrolled the streets, and U.S. troops went door to door yesterday searching for weapons and fighters after the military claimed success in wresting control of Samarra from Sunni insurgents in fierce fighting. U.S. warplanes also hammered Fallujah, another rebel-held city, killing at least four people, hospital officials said.

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Pope beatifies mystic, emperor

Pope John Paul II yesterday honored two figures linked to controversy, beatifying a German mystic whose violent visions of Christ's suffering helped inspire Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ and an Austrian emperor whose troops used poison gas. Beatification is the last formal step in the Catholic Church before the possible conferring of sainthood. [Page 12a]

Sharon to broaden Gaza offensive

Prime Minister Ariel Sharon pledged yesterday to escalate a broad Israeli offensive in northern Gaza, saying troops will remain until Palestinian rocket attacks are halted. Israeli officials said the offensive - in which 58 Palestinians and three Israelis have been killed - would help clear the way for an Israeli withdrawal. [Page 12a]

MARYLAND

City detectives probed for perjury

Nearly two dozen criminal court cases have been dropped - and another 70 are in peril of falling apart - because a pair of Baltimore detectives are being investigated for perjury, according to city prosecutors and police. The cases, which include an attempted murder charge, were tossed out because of an internal police investigation into whether Southern District detectives Clarence Grear and Kevin E. Jones lied about having a warrant when they searched a suspect's car. [Page 1a]

Making science high stakes

Recently, a common complaint in education circles has been that schools were giving science short shrift as they scramble to prepare for the high-stakes tests in reading and math required by the 2001 No Child Left Behind law. No longer. Starting in the 2007-2008 school year, No Child Left Behind will also require testing in science, and Maryland school districts are getting ready.

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Arundel tables bingo proposal

Anne Arundel County officials have tabled, for now, a proposal that would bring video bingo machines resembling slot machines to the county's three commercial bingo halls. Some critics, such as Speaker of the House Michael E. Busch, had painted the proposal as a backdoor attempt to bring slot-style gambling to Maryland without state approval.[Page 1b]

TODAY

Exhibit has designs on Gehry

"Frank Gehry, Architect: Designs for Museums," a new exhibit at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, shows why museums designed by architects and artists are considered works of art, and why Gehry has received worldwide acclaim for creating them. [Page 1c]

`Hibiscus' author in city tonight

Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, a graduate of the Johns Hopkins University Writing Seminars, an O. Henry Prize winner and Booker Prize nominee, returns to Baltimore tonight to read from her much-acclaimed debut novel, Purple Hibiscus. [Page 1c]

SPORTS

Orioles end season on high note

The Orioles finished their season with a 3-2 victory over the Boston Red Sox before 42,104 at Camden Yards. Miguel Tejada drove in his 150th run of the season and jogged off the field in the sixth inning to a standing ovation. B.J. Surhoff was given the same treatment in the seventh inning. [Page 1d]

Browns beat Redskins 17-13

The Washington Redskins fell to 1-3 in Joe Gibbs' return to the team as coach with a 17-13 loss to the Cleveland Browns. Cleveland, which had lost two straight games to NFC East foes, made four first downs in the first half, when the Redskins held the ball for nearly two-thirds of the time and led 10-3. [Page 1d]

Levi wins Energy Classic

Wayne Levi won the Constellation Energy Classic at Hayfields Country Club by two strokes over Hale Irwin. Levi had four birdies and a bogey-free day. Rodger Davis was third. [Page 11d]

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