Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

October 10, 2004

NATIONAL

Campaigns return to swing states

Seeking to build momentum from their latest debate, President Bush and Sen. John Kerry wasted no time yesterday in returning to the campaign trail. The candidates swept through battleground states including Florida and Iowa as they prepared to reconvene Wednesday night for their final debate, to focus solely on domestic issues. [Page 1a]

Bus overturns in Ark., killing 15

Rescuers sheared off the roof of a tour bus to free survivors yesterday after the bus overturned on Interstate 55 in Arkansas, killing 15 people who had been headed to a Mississippi casino. All 16 survivors were injured. [Page 3a]

House clears hurricane funds

The House unanimously approved $14.5 billion for hurricane victims and struggling farmers yesterday as Congress moved to shower money on Florida and other pivotal states ahead of the elections. The House also passed a bill providing $33 billion for the Homeland Security Department. [Page 3a]

WORLD

Opposition discredits Afghan poll

Afghans eagerly mobbed the polls yesterday in the nation's first presidential elections. There were no large-scale terrorist attacks, but the 15 candidates challenging interim President Hamid Karzai expressed suspicions of rampant fraud and said they would deem any result illegitimate. [Page 1a]

Shiite insurgents agree to truce

Shiite militiamen agreed to begin handing in weapons yesterday, a significant step toward restoring order in Baghdad's Sadr City district as the government struggles to curb the more widespread Sunni insurgency. [Page 14a]

Australia re-elects prime minister

Prime Minister John Howard handily won a fourth term yesterday, overcoming anger at his decision to send troops to Iraq last year and an opponent who promised to bring the soldiers home. Australia's robust economy under Howard's leadership apparently trumped concerns about the war. [Page 19a]

MARYLAND

Prison under broader scrutiny

Federal authorities, who launched an investigation in September into the death of an inmate at Western Correctional Institution, were already looking into broader allegations of prisoner abuse there, according to records. The earlier inquiry focuses on charges that correctional officers arranged inmate-on-inmate assaults and other types of retaliation against prisoners. [Page 1a]

Voter registration surges

Besieged state election officials are staying late, working weekends and hiring additional help to process a record number of people registering to vote in the November election. Nearly 3 million Marylanders are eligible to cast ballots next month, up 11 percent from the 2000 election. [Page 1b]

Runners in pursuit of a cure

More than 20,000 supporters and survivors turned out yesterday for the 12th annual Race for the Cure, organized by the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. The race is expected to raise more than $1 million. [Page 1b]

SPORTS

Yanks win, face Red Sox again

Alex Rodriguez scored the winning run on a wild pitch in the 11th inning, giving the visiting Yankees a come-from-behind, 6-5 victory over the Twins to clinch their American League Division Series in four games and set up a rematch of last year's AL Championship Series with the Red Sox. Ruben Sierra's three-run home run in the eighth inning tied the game for New York. [Page 1e]

Terps' home streak halted, 20-7

Georgia Tech ended No. 23 Maryland's 13-game home winning streak in stunning fashion, blanking the Terps through three quarters and forcing out ineffective quarterback Joel Statham in a 20-7 victory. Maryland had been 21-1 at Byrd Stadium since Ralph Friedgen took over as the program's coach in 2001. [Page 1e]

Elliott, Presidentialaffair win

Stewart Elliott, who coaxed Smarty Jones to a record-setting victory in the Preakness this year, performed similar magic with Presidentialaffair yesterday in the $200,000 Maryland Million Classic at Pimlico Race Course, getting the gelding to relax and earn a 1 3/4 -length victory. [Page 1e]

BUSINESS

Bonds outperform most equities

Despite soaring oil prices, a wobbly economy, war in Iraq and the tight presidential race, bond funds took off in the third quarter, returning nearly 3 percent on average -- the best showing of any domestic mutual fund class. The performance handily beat the returns of diversified equity funds. [Page 1c]

Litigation's new smoking gun

Mercantile Bankshares Corp. has mined dozens of e-mails from its computer memory to build an $8 million countersuit that accuses its former prize employee, John Pileggi, of fraud and breach of fiduciary duty. The case is an example of a worker's e-mail coming back to haunt him. [Page 1c]

Spitzer in search of a target

Eliot Spitzer's prosecution train seems to have hit the law of diminishing returns. It's been more than a month since the New York lawman rocked Wall Street with a major settlement for financial chicanery. What'll he do to get back on the 6:30 news? [Page 1c]

TODAY

A scream that still echoes

Even though she made 62 other movies, Janet Leigh, who died last week at 77, never tired of revisiting her most famous scene -- that of being stabbed to death in a motel shower in Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho. The scene changed filmmaking forever. [Page 3f]

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"Chances are Big Brother is reading over your electronic shoulder."

Nancy Flynn, executive director of the ePolicy Institute in Columbus, Ohio, and authority on e-mail (Article, Page 1C)

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