Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

October 07, 2004

NATIONAL

Bush back on the trail

President Bush tried to shift the focus on the presidential campaign back to Iraq yesterday, warning in a speech to supporters in Pennsylvania that as president, John Kerry would make the world a more dangerous place.

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Other arthritis drugs eyed

The arthritis drug Vioxx may not be the only drug of its type that raises the risk of heart attack and stroke, scientists suggested in a report released yesterday by the New England Journal of Medicine. The safety of Celebrex and other pain relievers is being questioned by U.S. and European researchers. [Page 3a]

Cheney, Edwards had met

At first, it seemed like it might go down in history as one of those killer debate moments: Vice President Dick Cheney, who presides over the Senate, said he'd never met Sen. John Edwards until their encounter Tuesday night in Cleveland. But the bon mot backfired on the vice president: Within an hour, Democrats circulated photographs and video snippets showing Edwards and Cheney standing next to each other on the dais at the Feb. 1, 2001, National Prayer Breakfast in Washington. [Page 6a]

WORLD

Inspector: Iraq was weakened

The top U.S. arms inspector reported yesterday that he had found no evidence that Iraq produced weapons of mass destruction after 1991 and that Saddam Hussein's weapons capabilities were weakened during 12 years of U.N. sanctions. [Page 1a]

Afghan politics, violence

Candidates for president of Afghanistan spent their last official campaign day holding rallies in Kabul yesterday, while two of interim President Hamid Karzai's vice presidents escaped an assassination attempt. [Page 1a]

MARYLAND

Furor over flu shots

Marylanders scrambled to find flu vaccines while public health officials searched for ways to alleviate a nationwide shortage. Long lines formed at some sites where shots were being given, and Johns Hopkins Hospital found itself without an assured source. Meanwhile, the nation's top public health official emphasized the need for a long-term fix for a flawed national vaccine supply and distribution system. [Page 1a]

Delegate alleges discrimination

Baltimore Del. Tony E. Fulton is calling for the resignation of the head of the General Assembly's legislative staff, alleging that the department discriminates against blacks. In a letter to legislative leaders, Fulton said the department, which drafts and analyzes bill and monitors the Board of Public Works, needs to hire more minorities. The issue also has been a concern of the Legislative Black Caucus. [Page 1b]

SPORTS

Lewis guilty plea expected

Ravens star Jamal Lewis, expected to enter a guilty plea in his drug case today in Atlanta, might be called back to court in November as a witness at the trial of his hometown friend, Angelo Jackson, sources said. [Page 1c]

Phelps to get back in swim

Baltimore's Michael Phelps, who won six Olympic gold medals in Athens, will swim another ambitious schedule -- five events over five days -- in the World Short Course Championships that begin today in Indianapolis. [Page 1c]

Yankees win in 12th, tie series

The New York Yankees rallied for two runs in the 12th inning to defeat the Minnesota Twins, 7-6, at Yankee Stadium and even their American League Division Series at one game apiece. Hideki Matsui's sacrifice fly scored Derek Jeter with the winning run.

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Astros top Braves, 9-3

Four players hit home runs and Roger Clemens pitched seven innings to help the Houston Astros defeat the Atlanta Braves, 9-3, in Game 1 of their National League playoff series. [Page 6c]

BUSINESS

United to boost overseas service

In a move that could bring more international flights to Washington Dulles International Airport, United Airlines said yesterday that it will step up flights to cities overseas and reduce domestic service as a part of its larger plan to reduce costs, raise revenue and emerge from bankruptcy. [Page 1d]

Fannie Mae chief testifies

Franklin D. Raines, the head of giant mortgage loan holder Fannie Mae, took issue with all damaging conclusions of the company's regulator yesterday in an embattled appearance before a subcommittee of the House of Representatives. Breaking his silence two weeks after the company's main regulator accused senior executives of manipulating accounting and earnings to get bigger bonuses, Raines said the agency had drawn unfair conclusions, denied the company a fair hearing and waged an unusually public campaign against it. [Page 1d]

TODAY

Not a catchy title?

Longtime Baltimore deejay Allan Prell has pitched a song he's written to the Democratic Party -- inspired by a John Kerry speech -- called "Help Is on the Way." So far, the Democrats have turned a deaf ear. [Page 1e]

DeLay's insight on surgery

It's not vanity, it's vision, says House Majority Whip Tom DeLay, that's the reason for him having his droopy eyelids tightened in August. "I had heavy eyelids that were blocking my vision," the 57-year-old congressman said yesterday. [Page 2e]

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QUOTE OF THE DAY

"We're thrilled to have played a role in bringing this signature event to the city. And it's just another sign of the positive direction that the city is heading in."

Clarence T. Bishop, chief of staff to Mayor Martin O'Malley, of the planned announcement today that the 2005 Miss USA pageant will be held at the Hippodrome (Article, 1B)

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