Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

October 22, 2004

QUOTE OF THE DAY"You can really put them on with anything, even if it's not raining. They're just so cute."

Andre Walker, who said he owns three pairs of funky knee-high galoshes (Article, Page 1C)

NATIONAL

Bush goes on the attack

In the final days of the campaign, President Bush isn't running so much on his own record as relentlessly going after his opponent, often twisting John Kerry's words to fit his attack. [Page 1a]

Kerry hunts for votes in Ohio

Sen. John Kerry rose before dawn yesterday to don camouflage clothing, grab a shotgun and hunt for fowl. By midday, he was back in suit and tie speaking about stem cell research. It was all in a day's work as he reached out to swing voters in Ohio. [Page 1a]

Probe says Iraq analysis skewed

A controversial intelligence unit set up by the Pentagon before the war in Iraq provided skewed analysis to support Bush administration claims that Saddam Hussein was an ally of al-Qaida, according to an investigation by a leading Senate Democrat. [Page 3a]

WORLD

Iran nuclear deal unlikely

Iran is unlikely to accept European incentives to suspend uranium enrichment, diplomats said yesterday, raising the prospect of a clash next month between Tehran and the International Atomic Energy Agency. [Page 16a]

Britain to redeploy troops

Despite fierce opposition within its governing Labor Party, the British government agreed yesterday to a U.S. request to transfer 850 British troops from southern Iraq to an area near Baghdad so U.S. troops could be shifted to Sunni insurgent hot spots such as Fallujah and Ramadi. [Page 16a]

Castro fractures knee, arm

Cuban President Fidel Castro tripped on a step and tumbled to the ground while leaving the stage at a graduation ceremony Wednesday, fracturing a knee and arm. The incident was certain to launch new speculation about the 78-year-old communist leader's health and eventual succession after 45 years of rule. [Page 18a]

MARYLAND

2 shot outside city school

Two brothers were wounded outside Thurgood Marshall High School in East Baltimore yesterday as classes were being dismissed. The brothers -- one a 10th-grader at the school -- did not appear to have life-threatening injuries, police said. The shooting was the most serious episode of violence in city schools this fall. [Page 1a]

Death penalty debate

A Prince George's County judge signed a death warrant yesterday for Heath William Burch and set his execution for the week of Dec. 6. It marked the first time since a study suggesting race plays a role in the state's application of the death penalty that a black man has been scheduled for execution, raising the prospect of an imminent court review of the contentious issue. [Page 1b]

TODAY

`Stage Beauty' opens

There's a lot of meaning to take from Stage Beauty, starring Claire Danes and Billy Crudup, which is set in the 17th century and is about half as scandalous as its director thinks it is. The movie opens in theaters today. [Page 1c]

Galoshes galore

Even high-end designers are cashing in on the colorful rain boot craze for grown-ups. [Page 1c]

$1.5 million settlement on TV ads

Viacom Inc. and Walt Disney Co. agreed yesterday to pay a total of $1.5 million to settle government charges the companies violated advertising limits for children's television programming. [Page 6c]

SPORTS

Cardinals win NL pennant

Albert Pujols hit a tying double in the sixth inning, Scott Rolen followed with a home run and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Houston Astros, 5-2, to take Game 7 of the National League Championship Series. After posting 105 wins, the Cardinals advanced to their first World Series under manager Tony La Russa and first overall since 1987. [Page 1d]

Statham to start for Terps

Sophomore Joel Statham will be Maryland's starting quarterback tomorrow against Clemson, coach Ralph Friedgen said. Friedgen didn't rule out playing freshman Jordan Steffy, who has entered the game in the second half of Maryland's past two games -- both losses. [Page 3d]

Hamm retains gymnastics gold

Olympic gold medalist Paul Hamm retained his title as the world's best all-around gymnast after three arbiters dismissed a challenge from the third-place finisher, Yang Tae Young of South Korea. [Page 12d]

BUSINESS

Legg Mason stock soars

Legg Mason Inc. shares shot up 11 percent yesterday after the Baltimore-based asset management firm reported a 38 percent increase in second-quarter profit. Legg made $91.7 million for the quarter, compared with $66.6 million a year earlier. [Page 1e]

IRS loses suit against B&D

A federal judge ruled against the Internal Revenue Service in its bid to force Towson-based Black & Decker Corp. to pay $140 million in additional taxes related to a complex financial arrangement that federal officials said was a questionable tax shelter. [Page 1e]

Agency must rehire worker

The Maryland Public Service Commission has been ordered by a Baltimore City Circuit judge to rehire one of five agency employees fired six months ago. The court said Kenneth D. Schisler, chairman of the agency that regulates Maryland's utilities, lacked the authority to fire Chrys Wilson, the agency's manager of external relations. [Page 1e]

MARKETS

DOW (down)

-21.17

9,865.76

NASDAQ (up)

+20.65

1,953.62

S&P (up)

+2.83

1,106.49

SUN INDEX (up)

+1.64

270.02

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