Sun News Digest


October 18, 2004


Soldiers' tour extended

Fourteen members of the Western Maryland-based 372nd Military Police Company -- likely witnesses in the criminal trials arising from the Iraqi prison abuses -- have had their active-duty status extended just as they thought they were headed home. Keeping the soldiers allows prosecutors ready access to witnesses. [Page 1a]

Campaigns clash

Sen. John Kerry accused President Bush of planning a surprise second-term attempt to privatize Social Security and forecast a "disaster for America's middle class." Republican party chairman Ed Gillespie called the charge "just flat inaccurate." The clash erupted as Kerry and his running mate appealed to Florida voters to cast their ballots as early as Monday under the state's early voting program. [Page 3a]


Violence in Iraq

As U.S. troops pounded Fallujah with airstrikes, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi's militant group pledged allegiance to al-Qaida in an Internet statement. Meanwhile in Baghdad, a suicide driver exploded a car, killing at least seven, and a mortar shell exploded at a Baghdad stadium minutes before interim Prime Minister Ayad Allawi arrived to inspect a weapons handover. [Page 1a]

Gaza referendum rejected

Prime Minister Ariel Sharon rejected calls from Jewish settlers to hold a nationwide referendum on his plan to withdraw from the Gaza Strip, escalating an increasingly bitter dispute with former allies who now accuse him of leading Israel toward civil war. Sharon wants to pull out of the Gaza Strip and uproot four West Bank settlements next year. [Page 10a]


Motorists recount crash

Many of the people caught up Saturday afternoon in what was believed to be Maryland's biggest traffic accident -- 92 vehicles in 17 collisions across 11 miles of Interstate 95 -- shook off the shock and minor injuries yesterday to salvage possessions from mangled cars, vans and trucks, and recount the stunning moments of skids, bangs and breaking glass. [Page 1a]

Supervising psychiatrists

A psychiatrist was forced out of his top-level job at Maryland's Spring Grove Hospital Center after state auditors -- investigating as a result of a tip to a fraud hotline -- accused him of pocketing thousands of dollars by falsifying time sheets while he worked two state jobs at once. Now state officials are reviewing moonlighting practices by psychiatrists and other mental health workers, as well as keeping closer tabs on the hours they work. [Page 1a]

Jane Meyerhoff dies at 80

Jane Meyerhoff, a Baltimore area art collector hailed with developer-husband Robert for philanthropy that included the donation of modern works worth an estimated $300 million to the National Gallery of Art, died Saturday evening following heart surgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital. [Page 1a]


Rochambeau's fate uncertain

The Rochambeau, a seven-story apartment building at 1 W. Franklin St., could face the wrecking ball as part of a larger effort to restore the nearby Basilica of the Assumption. The Archdiocese of Baltimore says it has not decided yet whether to raze the structure and would consider "economically feasible" ideas on how to save it. [Page 1c]

Sexy books create quandary

An avalanche of sexually explicit books has created a delicate dilemma for booksellers. As mainstream demand increases for such books as a how-to from porn star Jenna Jameson, how do booksellers meet it without turning off their more conservative buyers? [Page 1c]


Homer in 12th keeps Sox alive

Bill Mueller singled home the tying run off Mariano Rivera in the bottom of the ninth inning and David Ortiz homered against Paul Quantrill in the 12th, enabling the Red Sox to defeat the Yankees, 6-4, and stave off a four-game sweep in the American League Championship Series. New York leads the best-of-seven series, 3-1, with Boston's Pedro Martinez set to oppose Mike Mussina today in Game 5. [Page 1d]

Beltran's HR in 7th evens NLCS

Carlos Beltran homered in a record fifth-straight postseason game, lifting the Astros over the visiting Cardinals, 6-5, to even the NL Championship Series at two games apiece. Beltran's tiebreaking shot in the seventh inning off Julian Tavarez was his eighth home run this postseason, matching Barry Bonds' 2002 record. [Page 1d]

Redskins end slide, win, 13-10

Clinton Portis carried 36 times for 171 yards, helping the Redskins end a four-game losing streak with a 13-10 victory against the host Bears. Washington got just 95 passing yards from quarterback Mark Brunell, but one of his eight completions was an 18-yard touchdown strike to Rod Gardner. [Page 1d]



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