Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

October 09, 2004

NATIONAL

Candidates trade barbs in debate

President Bush and Sen. John Kerry faced questions from an audience of uncommitted voters in their second debate last night, with job losses and the war in Iraq among the points of contention. [Page 1a]

House approves restructuring

The House of Representatives voted yesterday to overhaul the nation's intelligence agencies along the lines recommended by the Sept. 11 commission. The bill would create a national intelligence director and counterterrorism center. [Page 3a]

DeLay strikes back at accusers

Going on the counterattack, House Majority Leader Tom DeLay is accusing the Texas congressman and watchdog group that pressed an ethics complaint against him of libel and abuse of the ethics process. DeLay was chastised twice this week by the House ethics committee. [Page 3a]

WORLD

Israelis flee Egypt after bombings

As emergency workers sifted through the rubble of a bombed Sinai Peninsula hotel, thousands of Israelis cut short their vacations in Egypt and fled across the border yesterday. At least 30 people were killed Thursday night in car bombings at the hotel and a nearby campground. [Page 1a]

Kenyan woman wins peace prize

In a surprise choice yesterday, the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to Kenyan environmentalist and human rights activist Wangari Maathai -- the first African woman to win the prize. Maathai called it "a recognition of the many efforts of African women, who continue to struggle despite all the problems they face." [Page 1a]

British hostage Bigley killed

Kenneth Bigley, a British civil engineer kidnapped three weeks ago in Iraq, was beheaded by his captors yesterday. In two earlier videos, Bigley had tearfully pleaded with British Prime Minister Tony Blair to help secure his release. [Page 14a]

MARYLAND

Judge rejects plea agreement

A federal judge rejected a plea agreement yesterday that would have sent a former Roland Park man to prison for up to 12 years for molesting children overseas, criticizing the proposed sentence as too short. [Page 1b]

BWI hopes to ease traffic

Officials at Baltimore-Washington International Airport have established a cell phone lot to reduce traffic congestion by allowing motorists to park free while awaiting a cell call from arriving passengers. [Page 1b]

SPORTS

NFL suspends, fines Lewis

Ravens running back Jamal Lewis drew a two-game suspension from the NFL and a strong reprimand from Commissioner Paul Tagliabue for his role in an alleged drug conspiracy four years ago. The league also fined Lewis an additional two games' salary. [Page 1c]

Red Sox eliminate Angels

David Ortiz homered in the 10th inning to send the Boston Red Sox to their second consecutive American League Championship Series, completing a three-game sweep of the Anaheim Angels with an 8-6 victory. The Angels had rallied from a five-run deficit to tie it at 6-all on Vladimir Guerrero's grand slam in the seventh. [Page 1c]

Yankees take 2-1 lead in series

Backed by Derek Jeter's three RBIs and a relentless offense, Kevin Brown threw six strong innings to lead the New York Yankees past the frustrated Twins, 8-4, for a 2-1 lead in the best-of-five American League Division Series. Minnesota ace Johan Santana will start on three days' rest today against Javier Vazquez. [Page 6c]

BUSINESS

Lackluster jobs report released

Employers' payrolls grew by just 96,000 last month in an unexpectedly weak job market, the government reported yesterday. The report means President Bush will face the electorate with 821,000 fewer U.S. jobs than when he took office. [Page 12c]

Insurers to cover FluMist vaccine

Several of the nation's major health insurers -- Cigna HealthCare, Aetna and Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield -- have reversed course and said they will cover the FluMist nasal spray influenza vaccine. And at least two other carriers say they will continue last year's practice of paying for the inoculation. [Page 12c]

Stewart begins serving sentence

Slipping past supporters and TV crews in the darkness early yesterday, Martha Stewart reported to the Alderson Federal Prison Camp in West Virginia to begin serving her five-month sentence for lying about a stock sale. Federal inmate No. 55170-054 said on her Web site that she was looking forward to returning to work in March. [Page 12c]

TODAY

In search of the real Bard

Members of the Shakespeare Fellowship Foundation are meeting in Baltimore this weekend to defrock the Bard as a literary fraud. Reviled as crackpots and cultists, they're debating the true identity of the person who wrote the masterworks the rest of the world attributes to William Shakespeare. [Page 1d]

Rukeyser ends long-running show

Veteran financial journalist Louis Rukeyser has asked CNBC to halt production of his Friday night business news show at the end of its run this year. Rukeyser, 71, referred to his slow recovery from cancer treatment in ending his association with Louis Rukeyser's Wall Street. [Page 2d]

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"I just have a hard time believing that the person who produced this revolutionary body of work could be squeezed into the little life of the man from Stratford."

Daniel Wright of the Shakespeare Fellowship Foundation (Article, Page 1D)

MARKETS

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S&P

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SUNINDEX

-0.68

270.71

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