Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

October 16, 2004

NATIONAL

Orders extend soldiers' duty

Sgt. Robert Jones II wanted nothing more this fall than to return to his civilian job as a Baltimore City patrol officer. Instead, Jones is among 14 members of the Western Maryland-based 372nd Military Police Company - all likely prosecution witnesses in the Abu Ghraib abuse scandal - who received involuntary extension orders keeping them at Fort Lee, Va. [Page 1a]

Vaccine confirmed as unsafe

None of the flu vaccine quarantined in Britain last week is safe for Americans to use, U.S. health officials confirmed yesterday - ending last hopes that at least some of the shots would prove salvageable. [Page 3a]

Antidepressant warnings ordered

The Food and Drug Administration ordered Friday that all antidepressants carry "black box" warnings that they "increase the risk of suicidal thinking and behavior" in children who take them. [Page 3a]

Campaigns go to Midwest

President Bush and Sen. John Kerry barnstormed across Midwestern battleground states yesterday, with Bush stopping in Iowa and his Democratic rival rolling through Wisconsin on a bus tour. [Page 4a]

WORLD

More votes from Israel likely

Democratic and Republican campaign officials are expecting nearly three times as many Americans living in Israel to vote in the presidential election as did in 2000 - and their votes could have an impact on key swing states. [Page 1a]

U.S. planes target Fallujah

U.S. warplanes targeted insurgent positions in the restive Iraqi city of Fallujah, while a car bomb in Baghdad killed 10 civilians. [Page 10a]

MARYLAND

More money for oyster research

The federal government will spend $2 million for more research on whether to introduce Asian oysters into the Chesapeake Bay - an infusion of money some critics hope will slow Maryland's aggressive timetable for taking action. [Page 1b]

SPORTS

AL championship series on hold

Steady rain forced Major League Baseball to postpone Game 3 of the American League Championship Series between the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees. The best-of-seven series, which New York leads 2-0, is scheduled to resume tonight at Fenway Park. [Page 1c]

Downtown arena to be studied

Taking the first official step toward replacing the 42-year-old First Mariner Arena, the Maryland Stadium Authority is soliciting proposals for a study on the feasibility of building an arena in downtown Baltimore. The new building would be on the site of the First Mariner Arena and would have a smaller capacity than would be required for an NHL or NBA team, according to the request for proposals, which are due Nov. 1. [Page 1c]

Kiper says he'll stay with ESPN

Though on hiatus, Baltimore-area television personality Mel Kiper Jr. said he expects to continue his longtime relationship with ESPN, despite news reports that he had recently split with the network and his absence from the network's radio broadcasts this month. [Page 7c]

BUSINESS

Airline may suspend contract

US Airways Group Inc. won a bankruptcy judge's approval yesterday to suspend its union contracts for four months and cut worker pay 21 percent as the seventh-largest U.S. airline struggles to avoid going out of business. [Page 12c]

Unemployment obligations fall

Maryland companies must pay $68 per worker next year to subsidize the state's unemployment insurance trust fund - less than the $93.50 they paid this year and in line with projections, labor officials said yesterday. [Page 12c]

Va. developer to build in Canton

A Virginia-based developer of planned residential communities and mixed-use projects will build the hundreds of upscale condominiums proposed for Canton Crossing, a $500 million project under development in the heart of Canton's industrial waterfront. [Page 12c]

TODAY

Kerry demands equal time

Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry has demanded equal time from the Maryland-based Sinclair Broadcast Group in advance of a film that will claim that Kerry's anti-war activism three decades ago inspired the torture of U.S. prisoners of war in Vietnam. The FCC has refused to block the film's airing. [Page 1d]

Bullock awarded $7 million

Actress Sandra Bullock was awarded about $7 million in damages when a jury decided a builder did a lousy job on her Lake Austin, Texas, home. Bullock, who noted leaks and structural instability, has refused to live in the house. [Page 2d]

TODAY ONLINE

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