Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

October 05, 2004

NATIONAL

Cheney, Edwards to debate

The presidential campaign winds its way tonight into Cleveland, where two men whose personalities could not differ more -- Dick Cheney and John Edwards -- will spend 90 minutes debating. [Page 1a]

Rocket soars to win prize

A privately built rocket plane with a test pilot at the controls broke through the atmosphere to the edge of space yesterday for the second time in less than a week, capturing a $10 million prize. [Page 3a]

Mercury astronaut Cooper dies

Gordon Cooper, one of the original Mercury astronauts who were pioneers in space exploration, died at his home in Ventura, Calif. He was 77. [Page 7a]

WORLD

Nomads unhappy with Karzai

Many of Afghanistan's Kuchi nomads -- 1.5 million strong and once thought to be solid supporters of Hamid Karzai -- are unhappy with him and are feeling increasingly alienated from the rest of Afghanistan, sentiments that could have a pivotal impact on elections Saturday. [Page 1a]

Americans earn Nobel Prize

Two Americans -- Dr. Richard Axel, 58, of Columbia University and Linda B. Buck, 57, of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center -- were awarded the Nobel Prize in Medicine yesterday for their research on the sense of smell. [Page 15a]

MARYLAND

Schaefer against tax breaks

The Ehrlich administration is drafting legislation that critics say would restore corporate tax breaks closed by legislation this year -- prompting a rebuke by Comptroller William Donald Schaefer. The legislation being drafted would "do nothing but make our present fiscal situation worse," Schaefer wrote in a letter to Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. [Page 1a]

Pipkin is a big campaign spender

Republican challenger E.J. Pipkin has spent a half-million dollars of his own money in the past two weeks on a blitz of television advertisements in an effort to unseat incumbent Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski. Pipkin, a Dundalk native, is a former junk bond trader serving his first term in the state Senate. He represents the Eastern Shore. [Page 1b]

Bay Bridge official resigns

The head of the agency that operates the Chesapeake Bay Bridge resigned yesterday amid a state investigation into why resurfacing work on the westbound span will have to be redone. [Page 2b]

BUSINESS

Sports network on table for O's

Major League Baseball has dangled the prospect of a new team-owned sports network in front of Orioles owner Peter G. Angelos as part of a package to win his approval for moving the Montreal Expos to Washington. Though the details are still being worked out, the deal reportedly will give Angelos half the revenue from a yet-to-be-developed regional network featuring Expos and Orioles games, along with a mix of other local sports. [Page 1d]

Malpractice reform discussed

With larger malpractice insurance bills slated to go out to doctors in less than a month, efforts to reform the malpractice system are picking up steam. State Sen. Brian E. Frosh, who heads a Senate committee studying the issue, said yesterday that he is optimistic he can assemble a package of reforms which will win acceptance, possibly in a special session later this year. [Page 1d]

Credit card appeal denied

MasterCard International Inc. and Visa USA Inc. can no longer block banks from issuing credit cards from competitors after the Supreme Court declined yesterday to hear their appeal.

[Page 1d]

TODAY

Actress Janet Leigh dies

Actress Janet Leigh, whose shower-murder scene in Alfred Hitchcock's 1960 thriller Psycho was seared into a generation's memory, dies at age 77. [Page 1c]

Gay youths net scholarships

This year, 27 gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered youths received a share of $500,000 in scholarships from the Point Foundation, one of more than two dozen such programs geared toward gay and lesbian youths that have been emerging over the past decade. [Page 1c]

SPORTS

Winless Chiefs top Ravens, 27-24

Priest Holmes scored on a 1-yard carry on the first play of the fourth quarter to give Kansas City a 10-point lead and the previously winless Chiefs hung on to defeat the Ravens, 27-24. Holmes, a former Raven, rushed for 125 yards. The Ravens, who were out-gained by 398 to 207 yards, suffered their first Monday Night Football loss. [Page 1e]

J. Lewis to plead guilty Thursday

Ravens running back Jamal Lewis has agreed to plead guilty Thursday in federal court in Atlanta on the charge of using a telephone to facilitate a drug transaction, a violation of the NFL's substance abuse program that will trigger disciplinary action from the league. Broadcast reports speculated last night that the length of the suspension might be two to four games. [Page 1e]

Mariners' fire Melvin

Former Orioles catcher Bob Melvin was fired as manager a day after the Mariners ended their worst season in 12 years with their 99th loss. Also yesterday, the Blue Jays announced that interim manager John Gibbons will return next season after guiding the team to a 20-30 record during the final eight weeks of the season. [Page 2e]

TODAY ONLINE

NOBEL WINNERS

Dr. Richard Axel and Linda B. Buck, researchers at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute in Chevy Chase, were awarded the Nobel Prize for physiology. Read their winning paper. www.baltimoresun.com/health

VICE PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE

Go to our Election 2004 gallery for previews, updates and analysis of tonight's vice presidential debate. www.baltimoresun.com/election2004

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"It's outrageous that we ask nurses and firefighters and teachers to pay their taxes, but we allow Wal-Mart to get off scot-free without paying any taxes at all."

Tom Hucker, head of the liberal advocacy group Progressive Maryland on the corporate tax break bill (Article, Page 1A)

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