Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

October 17, 2004

NATIONAL

U.S. billions for Polish support

As the Bush administration scrambled last year to pull together a "coalition of the willing" to wage war in Iraq, it negotiated and financed an unprecedented multibillion-dollar arms deal with Poland -- a compact that promises to funnel at least $6 billion in American investments into the former Warsaw Pact nation, which has become one of the United States' primary wartime supporters. [Page 1a]

Judges rule in favor of protesters

A federal appeals court panel has ruled unanimously that fears of a terrorist attack are not sufficient reason for authorities to search people at a protest, saying Sept. 11 "cannot be the day liberty perished." The case was filed after authorities in Georgia began requiring protesters to pass through metal detectors after the 2001 attacks. [Page 3a]

Candidates focus on Florida, Ohio

President Bush and his Democratic rival Sen. John Kerry directly challenged each other's credibility as they stumped in Florida and Ohio, two big swing states that they think could deliver the election. Bush delivered a blistering -- and familiar -- attack on Kerry's foreign policy, while Kerry accused Bush of obfuscation and disingenuous denials. [Page 20a]

WORLD

Insurgents target churches

Five Baghdad churches were firebombed yesterday, and two U.S. Army helicopters crashed elsewhere in the capital, killing two American soldiers and wounding two others. The U.S. command said four more U.S. troops and an Iraqi interpreter were killed the day before by car bombs in the west and northern regions. [Page 23a]

Iran rules out uranium proposal

Iran said yesterday that it would reject any proposal to stop uranium enrichment for nuclear fuel, the central part of a package that European powers are proposing to avoid a showdown. The European countries notified the United States on Friday that they intend to offer a package of incentives in hopes of persuading Iran to give up technology that can be used to make nuclear weapons. [Page 24a]

Afghan bomb kills 2 U.S. soldiers

A bomb killed two American soldiers and wounded three others in southern Afghanistan, while a separate attack in an eastern province killed at least three children and a policeman on the first day of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan. President Hamid Karzai took a commanding early lead as election workers resumed counting ballots in the country's presidential vote. [Page 26a]

MARYLAND

Moonlighting police scrutinized

Anne Arundel County police are investigating whether a moonlighting officer may have failed to prevent a suspected arson at a school construction site. The incident highlights the growing off-hours work performed by police officers locally and nationwide, a trend that is raising concerns. [Page 1b]

SPORTS

Yankees pound Red Sox, 19-8

The New York Yankees battered the Boston Red Sox, 19-8, to take a 3-0 lead in the American League Championship Series and move within one victory of returning to the World Series. Hideki Matsui had five hits and five RBIs to lead the Yankees' 22-hit attack. [Page 1d]

Houston takes NLCS Game 3

Roger Clemens slowed down St. Louis for seven innings, closer Brad Lidge finished off the Cardinals and Houston went on to win Game 3 of the National League Championship Series, 5-2, cutting its deficit to 2-1. Jeff Kent's two-run homer capped a three-run burst in the first inning. [Page 1d]

Irish dominate Navy, 27-9

Ryan Grant ran for 114 yards and two touchdowns, and Notre Dame had little trouble extending its NCAA-record winning streak to 41 games against Navy with a 27-9 victory. The defeat spilled the Midshipmen (5-1) from the list of 14 Division I-A teams that entered the weekend undefeated. [Page 1d]

Terps fall to N.C. State, 13-3

Maryland was held to five first downs and 24 yards passing as North Carolina State defeated the Terps in College Park, 13-3. After managing just 81 yards of offense in a 20-7 loss at home to Georgia Tech last week, Maryland mustered just 91 yards yesterday and fell to 3-3. [Page 1d]

Record times for marathoners

With winds out of the west gusting up to 35 miles an hour, John Itati and Ramilia Burangulova set race marks in the Baltimore Marathon at M&T Bank Stadium. Itati finished the 26-mile, 385-yard race in 2 hours, 14 minutes, 51 seconds. In the women's division, Burangulova finished in 2:40:21. [Pages 1b, 1d]

TODAY

Pikesville to Hollywood, via D.C.

Pikesville native Steven "Scoop" Cohen left the world of White House politics to take a chance on selling an idea for a TV show to Hollywood. Now his show, Jack & Bobby, is one of the fall's most acclaimed new dramas. [Page 6e]

Viewers to write NBC plot

NBC's police drama Law & Order: Criminal Intent has decided to give viewers a chance to decide a character's fate. The show will air two endings tonight, then ask viewers to vote online whether a recurring character, Nicole Wallace, should live or die. [Page 11e]

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"Sept. 11, 2001, already a day of immeasurable tragedy, cannot be the day liberty perished in this country."

Federal Judge Gerald Tjoflat on the rights of protesters (Article, Page 3A)

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