Sun News Digest


October 11, 2004


Senate resolves tax dispute Late last night, the Senate resolved a dispute delaying passage of a sweeping corporate tax bill and two spending bills for disaster relief and homeland security. It cleared the way for senators to adjourn today to hit the campaign trail. [Page 3a]

Campaigns fight war of words

The Bush campaign released a new attack ad alleging that Sen. John Kerry can't protect America because he "doesn't understand the threat posed by terrorism." Kerry's campaign fired back with its own ad, criticizing a comment President Bush made in a TV interview over the summer, when he said of the war on terror: "I don't think you can win it." [Page 1a]


Suicide bombings in Iraq

Two suicide car bombs exploded within 15 minutes of each other yesterday morning in eastern Baghdad, killing at least 10 Iraqis and one American soldier, Iraqi and U.S. officials said. Iraq's most feared terror group claimed responsibility for the near-simultaneous car bombings. Late yesterday, rocket-propelled grenade explosions and machine gun fire rocked the insurgent stronghold of Ramadi, west of Baghdad. [Page 1a]

Officials to probe Afghan election

A day after all 15 challengers said they would boycott the elections outcome, two backed off, saying they wanted a commission to rule on whether the voting was fair and indicating they would accept its decision. Afghan election officials agreed yesterday to create an independent commission to probe opposition charges of fraud in the nation's first presidential election. [Page 10a]


Hopeful has dual residency

In a city where Democrats vastly outnumber Republicans, this year's GOP mayoral candidate, Elbert "Ray" Henderson, has little chance of defeating Mayor Martin O'Malley in the Nov. 2 election, political experts say. While Henderson meets the city's loosely enforced residency rules, he splits his time between two homes. He says he spends about two-thirds of his time in a Northwest Baltimore rowhouse. The rest he spends in Woodbine in Carroll County with his wife. [Page 1a]

Report details voting problems

State elections officials under the leadership of Administrator Linda H. Lamone exercised poor control over the contractors setting up the new touch-screen voting machines used statewide for the first time in the March primary, leading to confusion and last-minute changes, local elections officials wrote in a report. The Maryland Elections Board now wants to fire Lamone. According to sources familiar with the charges against her, a significant portion of the board's case stems from the report, called "Lessons Learned." [Page 1b]

Critics call to end `pre-meetings'

In Baltimore City Hall, there are meetings where the public can watch city officials in action. Then, there are the "pre-meetings" at the City Council lunches and the mayor's lunches. Critics say officials are making decisions in secret meetings, then rubber-stamping them in public. City officials defend the pre-meeting -- a forum that they say promotes frank discussion while not officially excluding the public. [Page 1b]

CSX trains collide near stadium

Two CSX freight trains collided at a track crossing near M&T Bank Stadium yesterday morning, derailing several empty cars and injuring two crew members, authorities said. Neither train carried hazardous material, a CSX spokesman said. [Page 1b]


New museum readies for opening

Baltimore's Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture played host to a gathering of more than 200 architects and their guests at an awards banquet late last month, a sign that the museum is on track to open by spring. [Page 1c]

`Shark Tale' reels in No. 1 spot

Shark Tale remained the big fish at the box office, with the animated comedy taking in $31.7 million to hold the No. 1 spot for a second straight weekend. [Page 3c]


Ravens win Beltway battle

The Ravens overcame a 10-point deficit and defeated the Washington Redskins at FedEx Field, 17-10. Ed Reed returned an interception 22 yards for a touchdown and B.J. Sams ran back a punt 78 yards for another score. Those plays in the third quarter came during a 7 1/2 -minute span in which the Ravens never ran an offensive play. [Page 1e]

Braves win; Cardinals advance

Adam LaRoche hit a tying, three-run homer in the sixth inning and J.D. Drew singled home the go-ahead run in the ninth to lead the Atlanta Braves over the Houston Astros, 6-5, and tie their National League Division Series at two games apiece. A deciding Game 5 will be played today in Atlanta. The St. Louis Cardinals advanced to the NL Championship Series for the third time in five years, beating the Los Angeles Dodgers, 6-2, and winning their first-round playoff, 3-1. [Page 1d]


"I don't think it would make a difference where I live when it came down to the vote. I trust that the people in Baltimore City are educated enough to vote on the issues and not allow all of this other stuff to cloud it."

Elbert "Ray" Henderson, GOP mayoral candidate, who divides his time between homes in Baltimore and Carroll (Article, Page 1A)

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