Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

October 21, 2004

NATIONAL

Guilty plea in Iraqi prisoner abuse

Army Staff Sgt. Ivan "Chip" Frederick, the highest-ranking soldier charged with beating and humiliating Iraqi prisoners at Abu Ghraib prison and snapping keepsake photos of the deeds, pleaded guilty in military court to charges of assault, maltreatment, dereliction of duty, indecent acts and conspiracy. [Page 1a]

Study deems the pill safe

The same huge federal study that led millions of women to abandon use of hormones after menopause now provides reassurance that another hormone concoction - the birth control pill - is safe. [Page 3a]

Diplomat Nitze dies at 97

Paul H. Nitze, who helped shape U.S. diplomatic and military strategy for eight presidents and who co-founded The Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, died Tuesday night at his home in Washington. He was 97. [Page 3a]

WORLD

Russian military hazing assailed

Brutal hazing in the Russian military is a tradition that dates to the Soviet era but has now grown criminal, critics say. According to the group Human Rights Watch, the hazing kills dozens of conscripts and injures thousands more annually. [Page 13a]

Allies may resist Kerry Iraq plan

Despite John Kerry's assertion that his election would bring more international support for the war in Iraq, he is likely to face the same resistance from U.S. allies as President Bush to sending troops to fight the insurgency or supplying big infusions of money, diplomats and analysts say. [Page 15a]

MARYLAND

Group to urge drug policy reforms

A dozen professional groups have joined together to create the National African-American Drug Policy Coalition. In a handful of cities, including Baltimore, they plan to advise judges to offer treatment rather than prison sentences for drug crimes and push education and prevention in communities. [Page 1a]

Fires, staffing may be linked

City school officials said that staff cutbacks may be contributing to the rash of fires in Baltimore schools. Six more blazes were started in four school buildings yesterday, prompting top officials to call for a meeting today to seek ways to hire more staff. [Page 1a]

SPORTS

Red Sox slam Yankees

The Boston Red Sox completed an improbable comeback from a three-game deficit in the American League Championship Series, defeating the New York Yankees, 10-3, in the decisive Game 7, sending Boston into the World Series. [Page 1a]

Cardinals force Game 7

Jim Edmonds hit a two-run homer in the 12th inning to lift the St. Louis Cardinals over the Houston Astros, 6-4, and force a Game 7 in the National League Championship Series. Jeff Bagwell's two-out single in the ninth off Cardinals closer Jason Isringhausen had tied the game at 4-4.[Page 1c]

Hargrove returns to managing

The Seattle Mariners introduced Mike Hargrove as their new manager during a news conference at Safeco Field, returning him to a position he last held with the Orioles last year. [Page 3c]

BUSINESS

Sinclair plans please investors

Investors reacted favorably to a decision by Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc. to scale back plans to air a documentary critical of Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry. Shares of the Hunt Valley-based broadcaster gained nearly 13 percent, covering must of the value the stock lost since controversy over the program began two weeks ago. [Page 1d]

Increased railroad hiring seen

With demand increasing for freight transportation as the trucking industry grapples with driver shortages, rail businesses plan to hire more than 80,000 workers over the next six years. The effects are likely to be felt across Maryland as CSX and Norfolk Southern, which both have operations in the state, plan to increase their national work forces. [Page 1d]

Heating oil hits $1.98 a gallon

The national average retail price for heating oil rose to a record $1.98 a gallon in the week that ended Monday as stockpiles fell for the third consecutive week, the Energy Department said. It was the highest price since the government began conducting the weekly survey of fuel retailers in October 1990. [Page 1d]

TODAY

Ohio voters get free advice

Britain's Guardian, a center-left daily newspaper, bought a computer database of voters in Clark County, Ohio, and made arrangements to match individual readers with Americans on the voting rolls. Clark County residents aren't exactly happy about being told how to mark their ballots. [Page 1e]

Miss America loses TV deal

ABC is dropping the Miss America beauty pageant, leaving it without a network television deal for the first time in 50 years. [Page 2e]

`Jack & Bobby' to change nights

The WB network is moving Jack & Bobby, the critically acclaimed drama about the teenage years of a future president, from Sunday to Wednesday nights at 9 starting next week. The series, co-created by Pikesville native Steven Cohen, will follow Smallville, a drama about the teenage years of Superman. [Page 3e]

TODAY ONLINE

ABU GHRAIB SENTENCING

Staff Sgt. Ivan L. "Chip" Frederick, a U.S. Army reservist, pleaded guilty yesterday to five charges of abusing Iraqi prison detainees. Go online for details of today's sentencing and to read archived Sun coverage of the Abu Ghraib scandal. www.baltimoresun.com/prisonerabuse

FANTASY FOOTBALL

Who's hot and who's not? Find Dave Alexander's fantasy football column online every Thursday. www.baltimoresun.com/fantasy

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"I didn't think anyone cared what happened to the detainees as long as they didn't die."

Army Staff Sgt. Ivan L. "Chip" Frederick, who pleaded guilty to abusing Iraqi detainees at Abu Ghraib prison, (Article, Page 1A)

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