Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

October 13, 2004

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"Everyone seems to feel we are staring at a crisis." Paul E. Schurick, spokesman for Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr., on planned meeting on rising malpractice insurance rates (Article, Page 1B)

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NATIONAL

Final presidential debate tonight

With less than three weeks until the presidential election, tonight's third and final debate is the only chance left for President Bush and Sen. John Kerry to make their case before a huge national audience. The debate will focus on domestic issues. [Page 1a]

Kerry gaining in key states

Sen. John Kerry has improved his standing over President Bush in Midwestern battleground states where domestic concerns of health care and the economy have overtaken the issues of terrorism and Iraq, a new poll shows. [Page 3a]

Pollution suits decline under Bush

Civil lawsuits filed against polluters by the federal government fell more than 75 percent in the first three years of President Bush's term compared with the Clinton administration's last three years, a report by the former enforcement chief of the Environmental Protection Agency found. An EPA spokeswoman called the report misleading. [Page 3a]

WORLD

Mourning period ends in Beslan

Wailing and pounding their hands on graves, hundreds of Russians in Beslan marked the end of the traditional 40-day mourning period for the nearly 340 children and adults killed after militants seized a school on the first day of classes last month. Top federal and regional officials appealed for calm. [Page 12a]

U.S. forces raid mosques in Iraq

U.S. forces went on the offensive across much of Iraq, hitting insurgents from the air and raiding mosques suspected of harboring fighters. Also, gunmen released a kidnapped American photographer held for three days. [Page 13a]

Hussein recovers from operation

Ousted Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein underwent an operation to repair a hernia about 10 days ago but has made a full recovery, Iraqi sources said. Hussein was taken to a hospital near the U.S.-controlled Green Zone for the procedure, which was performed by Iraqi doctors. [Page 13a]

MARYLAND

Constellation to visit academy

The sloop of war Constellation will return later this month to the U.S. Naval Academy for its first visit in 110 years. The 186-foot ship will be pulled by tugboat from Baltimore's Inner Harbor to Annapolis on Oct. 26 and be moored at the academy for six days. [Page 1a]

Group files new balloting suit

TrueVoteMD filed suit in federal court charging that the state is unjustly keeping the group from installing poll watchers in hundreds of precincts on Election Day to watch for problems with Maryland's new electronic voting machines. The group has also sued unsuccessfully to have the voting machines decertified before the Nov. 2 election. [Page 1b]

Medical malpractice deal sought

Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr., Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller and House Speaker Michael E. Busch plan to meet tomorrow in an attempt to broker a deal on medical malpractice issues before the General Assembly convenes in January. It would be the first meeting of the three leaders since their Labor Day pact on a slot machine referendum, which crumbled within hours. [Page 1b]

TODAY

Fox faces $1.18 million fine

The Federal Communications Commission has proposed fining Fox Broadcasting Co. a record $1.18 million for an April 7, 2003, episode of Married by America that featured sexual situations. Fox can appeal. CBS was fined $550,000 for Janet Jackson's partial nudity during its Super Bowl halftime show. [Page 5c]

BUSINESS

High court rules on Web piracy

The Supreme Court refused to give the recording industry broad power to force Verizon Communications Inc. and other Internet service providers to identify subscribers who share copyrighted songs online. Major recording companies blame Web piracy for a four-year sales slump in the $32 billion global music industry. [Page 1d]

FTC targets firm in spyware suit

The Federal Trade Commission has taken aim at spyware, filing a federal lawsuit against a New Hampshire company whose Internet marketing has seized control of consumers' computers, the agency said. The announcement is part of a growing recognition that spyware is a potential threat to Internet commerce. [Page 1d]

SPORTS

Yanks halt Boston rally, win 10-7

Mike Mussina carried a perfect game into the seventh inning before faltering and the New York Yankees survived a late Boston Red Sox rally to win Game 1 of the American League Championship Series, 10-7. Yankees closer Mariano Rivera earned a save after traveling from Panama, where he attended the funeral of two relatives. [Page 1e]

Wright in wings for Ravens

Should Kyle Boller continue to falter as the Ravens' quarterback, Anthony Wright might soon be waiting in the wings. Wright, recovering from shoulder surgery, could be removed from the physically-unable-to-perform list next week. [Page 1e]

Statham No. 1 - for now

Maryland football coach Ralph Friedgen said Joel Statham is still No. 1 on the team's quarterback depth chart, but added that the competition at the position is wide-open. [Page 3e]

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