Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

October 14, 2004

NATIONAL

Domestic issues focus of debate

Jobs, health care and other concerns of daily life were the focus last night as President Bush and challenger John Kerry met for their third and final debate, each hoping to stamp a last favorable impression on millions of voters before Election Day. [Page 1a]

High court divided over execution

Supreme Court justices appeared sharply divided yesterday as they considered whether the Constitution permits the execution of convicted murderers who were juveniles when the crime was committed. [Page 3a]

FDA clears medical microchip

The Food and Drug Administration has cleared the way for a Florida company to market implantable microchips that would act as a gateway to individual medical records. The approval is expected to stir a debate over a technology that has evoked Orwellian overtones for privacy advocates. [Page 10a]

WORLD

Six U.S. soldiers killed in Iraq

Six American soldiers were killed in two car bombings in Iraq yesterday, while a videotape showed the beheadings of two captive Iraqi intelligence officers. [Page 1a]

Israel suspends platoon leader

Israel suspended a combat platoon commander amid allegations that he sprayed a 13-year-old Palestinian girl with bullets after she was fatally injured. [Page 14a]

MARYLAND

`Benefactor' gets tax break

Construction company owner Willard Hackerman, a prominent political donor and close ally of Comptroller William Donald Schaefer, stands to receive a major tax break from a secret deal to purchase state-owned conservation land at a cut-rate price, sources told The Sun. Hackerman, president and CEO of Whiting-Turner Contracting Co., is the unnamed "benefactor" mentioned in state documents seeking to buy an 836-acre parcel of land in St. Mary's County, several sources familiar with the transaction said. [Page 1a]

A call for Schaefer to resign

Del. John Hurson, chairman of the Health and Government Operations Committee, yesterday called for Comptroller William Donald Schaefer's resignation after he suggested that AIDS patients are a danger to society and brought the disease on themselves. Hurson, a Montgomery County Democrat, said Schaefer's comments were "the last straw." [Page 1b]

SPORTS

Yankees take 2-0 lead in ALCS

The New York Yankees defeated the Boston Red Sox, 3-1, to take a 2-0 lead in the American League Championship Series. John Lieber allowed three its in seven innings, John Olerud hit a two-run homer and Gary Sheffield had an RBI single for the Yankees. [Page 1c]

Cardinals defeat Astros, 10-7

The St. Louis Cardinals beat the Houston Astros, 10-7, to grab a 1-0 lead in the National League Championship Series. Albert Pujols homered early, Larry Walker delivered three key hits, and the St. Louis Cardinals withstood four Houston homers to outlast the Astros. [Page 1c]

O's could lose Grimsley in '05

The Orioles could lose reliever Jason Grimsley, who underwent ligament-reconstructive surgery on his right elbow. Grimsley will be sidelined at least six to nine months, but that's "a very best-case scenario," said Orioles' executive vice president Jim Beattie. Grimsley, 37, could miss the entire 2005 season. [Page 5c]

BUSINESS

Royal Ahold reaches settlement

Royal Ahold NV, the Dutch food conglomerate riven by accounting fraud at its Columbia-based operation, has reached a settlement with the Securities and Exchange Commission, ending one chapter of the nearly 2-year-old scandal. Ahold won't pay any fines or have to admit wrongdoing under the settlement, the SEC said. [Page 1c]

Sandy Spring Bancorp refocuses

The chief executive of Sandy Spring Bancorp, Maryland's third-largest independently operated banking company, with branches in Anne Arundel and Howard counties, says it will refocus on profit from banking activities -- a day after two top finance executives departed over problems with its large bond portfolio. [Page 1d]

Western Md. to get new windmills

Western Maryland is poised to get its first electricity-generating windmills next year, now that Congress has renewed a federal tax credit that is enabling commercial wind farm developers to push ahead with stalled projects. [Page 1d]

TODAY

9/11 report up for book award

The final report of the 9/11 Commission is a surprise finalist for a National Book Award. Winners in the nonfiction, fiction and poetry categories will be named at a dinner Nov. 17 in New York. Each winner receives $10,000 and a bronze award. [Page 1e]

Reeve's film to be released in '06

Yankee Irving, a computer-animated film directed by Christopher Reeve, who died Sunday, will be finished and released in 2006, says IDT Entertainment. It's the tale of a boy who overcomes obstacles to realize his dreams. [Page 2e]

TODAY ONLINE

SEAPORT TAXI SETTLEMENT

Settlements were reached yesterday in all 24 cases against the owner of the Seaport Taxi that capsized March 6. Read archived coverage of the accident and its aftermath. www.baltimoresun.com/watertaxi

CAMPAIGN HOME STRETCH

Find debate analysis and archived campaign coverage as George W. Bush and John Kerry race toward the Nov. 2 election. www.baltimoresun.com/election2004

QUOTE OF THE DAY"

I went in there thinking I would just take a few pictures and leave."

Corrine May Botz, A Maryland Institute College of Art graduate, who spent seven years photographing Frances Glessner Lee's "Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death" dollhouses (Article, Page 1E)

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