Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

October 08, 2004

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"They assured me that I received the prize because they value my work, not because I am a woman."

Austrian novelist, poet and playwright Elfriede Jelinek on winning the Nobel Prize in literature (Article, Page 1E)

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NATIONAL

Bush, Kerry set for 2nd debate

President Bush and Sen. John Kerry will meet for their second debate tonight with Bush under pressure to stop Kerry's momentum and counteract a spate of bad news on Iraq. [Page 1a]

Bush defends Iraq invasion

President Bush defended his decision to invade Iraq in the face of a CIA report that contradicted his main reasons for last year's invasion, while Sen. John Kerry said Bush may be leaving him with an Iraq as chaotic as Lebanon in the 1980s. [Page 1a]

GOP challenged on DeLay

The top Democrat in the House criticized Majority Leader Tom DeLay after his latest rebuke by the ethics committee and challenged the Republican rank and file to choose between leaving the powerful Texan in his post and removing the ethical cloud that hangs over the Capitol. [Page 3a]

Reporter held in contempt

A federal judge held a reporter for The New York Times in contempt of court for refusing to name her sources to prosecutors investigating the disclosure of the identity of a covert CIA agent. The judge ordered reporter Judith Miller jailed up to 18 months, then suspended the sanction until a planned appeal is concluded. [Page 3a]

WORLD

3 blasts kill dozens in Egypt

A powerful blast tore into an Egyptian resort hotel popular with Israeli tourists, killing dozens of people and wounding more than 100 last night. Two other blasts struck a camp site and a nearby town a short time later, killing seven Egyptians. [Page 1a]

Rockets hit Baghdad hotel

Two rockets hit a downtown Baghdad hotel filled with foreigners, and four mortars struck the Green Zone, the headquarters for U.S. operations in Iraq. Earlier, authorities discovered a hidden bomb inside the heavily fortified compound, raising new security concerns. [Page 18a]

Pakistan attack sparks ban

The government banned religious and political gatherings nationwide yesterday after a bomb attack on Sunni Muslim radicals in central Pakistan killed at least 39 people and wounded more than 100. [Page 21a]

MARYLAND

Md. short of flu vaccine

State health officials plan to redistribute flu vaccine among local health departments because some have none. But the health agencies will still fall 60,000 doses short of what they expected. The private sector -- which accounts for 90 percent of vaccinations -- isn't any better off. [Page 1a]

Faith-based office in place

Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. established the Governor's Office of Community Initiatives -- his effort to promote faith-based programs in Maryland. While there is no new state money associated with this, Ehrlich aides say the new office can help faith-based groups find and use existing federal and state programs. [Page 1b]

Reservist dies of Iraq wounds

A Maryland correctional boot camp instructor serving as an Army reservist in Iraq died this week of injuries he sustained when the convoy truck he was riding in hit a roadside bomb in Fallujah. [Page 1b]

SPORTS

J. Lewis to get 2-game suspension

Jamal Lewis will be suspended for two games by the NFL today, one day after the Ravens running back pled guilty to using a telephone to facilitate a drug-trafficking crime, sources within the Ravens organization said. [Page 1c]

Braves, Cardinals win

Rafael Furcal hit a two-out, two-run homer in the 11th inning that sent the Atlanta Braves over the Houston Astros ,4-2, and tied their National League division series at one game each. In yesterday's other game, the St. Louis Cardinals overpowered the Los Angeles Dodgers, 8-3, to take a 2-0 lead in the best-of-five series.[Page 1c, 4c]

BUSINESS

FluMist production to rise

With the U.S. military considering major orders of the FluMist influenza vaccine, and insurers almost certain to authorize coverage of the drug in the face of a flu vaccine shortage, MedImmune said it will produce another 1 million doses. [Page 1d]

Firms to cut nearly 17,000 jobs

Two big U.S. corporations said that they are cutting nearly 17,000 jobs. AT&T Corp. is cutting a total of 12,320 jobs, prompted by its plan to retreat from the consumer telephone business. Meanwhile, Bank of America Corp. said it will cut 4,500 jobs. [Page 1d]

Canton site gets new workers

MetLife Inc., the financial and insurance services company, plans to move more than 100 workers from its White Marsh and Linthicum offices to one of the city's newest redevelopment projects in Canton. [Page 1d]

TODAY

Austrian writer wins Nobel

Austrian feminist writer Elfriede Jelinek has been awarded the Nobel Prize for literature, singled out for the "musical flow of voices and counter-voices in [her] novels and plays." Jelinek, 57, whose book The Piano Teacher was made into a successful film, wins $1.3 million with the award. [Page 1e]

Actor backs Kerry on stem cells

Sen. John Kerry's stance on stem-cell research has the vote of actor Michael J. Fox, who has filmed a TV ad praising the Democratic presidential candidate. Fox, who has Parkinson's disease, campaigned with Kerry in New Hampshire on Monday. [Page 2e]

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