Sun News Digest


October 24, 2004


Police link rapist to 12 killings

A one-time pizza deliveryman in prison for rape is suspected of being one of the most prolific serial killers in Los Angeles history after police used DNA to link him to the killings of 12 women. Police allege that Chester Dwayne Turner, 37, raped and strangled the women and then dumped their bodies. [Page 3a]

Navy commissions new sub

The Navy commissioned the lead ship of its latest class of fast-attack submarines designed for post-Cold War security threats. The $2.2 billion USS Virginia differs from other submarines because it can get close to shore in shallow water. [Page 3a]

Bush drops in on Fla. ballpark

President Bush pulled out all the stops to energize Republicans in Florida, making an aerial landing by helicopter in a ballpark in Jacksonville. Meanwhile, Sen. John Kerry implored voters in Colorado to "vote your hopes, not the fears that George Bush wants you to feel." [Page 10a]


Bomb kills 16 Iraqi police

At least 16 Iraqi police officers were killed and 40 others were wounded at a police checkpoint after a suicide car bomb detonated outside a Marine base in western Iraq. Elsewhere, U.S. Marines said they have captured a top lieutenant of Jordanian militant Abu Musab al-Zarqawi. [Page 1a]

U.S. rejects N. Korea's conditions

Secretary of State Colin L. Powell rejected yesterday North Korea's conditions for resuming six-party talks over its nuclear program, saying they would lead only to new conditions that would keep the negotiations stalled. Powell told reporters that the Pyongyang government should raise its concerns at the bargaining table. [Page 16a]


With annexation, Stealth Growth

Growth has long been a contentious issue in many areas of the state, but especially so in incorporated municipalities, where critics say the state's pioneering Smart Growth anti-sprawl laws are being circumvented by developers using annexation. [Page 1a]

Suspensions falling, teachers say

Baltimore school officials are suspending fewer disruptive students to keep schools from being labeled "persistently dangerous" under the federal No Child Left Behind law, some city teachers and principals charge. Schools are classified as persistently dangerous based on the number of students suspended for assaults or fires. [Page 1b]

Hunting rights argued in court

As Maryland gears up to allow its first bear hunt in 51 years tomorrow, hunters and animal-rights activists are battling in courts across the country over hunting moose, doves, cougars and wolves. One observer says the hunting lobby is usually the winner. [Page 1b]


Red Sox win Game 1 on HR in 8th

Boston squandered five-run and two-run leads before breaking a tie in the bottom of the eighth inning on No. 9 hitter Mark Bellhorn's two-run home run off the right-field foul pole to defeat the Cardinals, 11-9, in Game 1 of the World Series. [Page 1d]

Late TD runs Terps' skid to 3

Reggie Merriweather's 2-yard touchdown run with 23 seconds left after a controversial interference call in the end zone on cornerback Gerrick McPhearson gave Clemson a 10-7 victory that handed visiting Maryland (3-4, 1-3 Atlantic Coast Conference) its first three-game losing streak under coach Ralph Friedgen. [Page 1d]

Markets set for Ravens, Redskins

The NFL has quietly carved up the Baltimore-Washington region into purple and burgundy to define in which areas the Ravens and Redskins can promote their teams. According to league officials, the Redskins were given exclusive rights to densely populated Montgomery and Prince George's counties; the Ravens received the rest of the state. [Page 1d]

Navy wins, 14-13, is bowl-eligible

Quarterback Aaron Polanco ran for a career-high 179 yards and Navy (6-1) benefited from a missed fourth-quarter extra-point try in a 14-13 victory over Rice that made the Midshipmen bowl-eligible. The Owls pulled to within one point with 4:41 left on an 11-yard touchdown pass, but Brennan Landry missed the conversion kick. [Page 5d]


More repercussions for Sinclair

Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc., the Sparks company engulfed in controversy after it planned to air an anti-John Kerry documentary, could face further political fallout. The flap could lead regulators to re-examine not only rules that govern how many stations a company can own in one market, but also those that deal with the political content of newscasts. [Page 1c]

China's capitalists-in-training

China's rise as an economic power is at full throttle - even in the classroom. Since about 1990, the number of accredited master's degree programs in business administration has exploded from zero to more than 100 at 91 institutions, with an estimated enrollment of 30,000 to 45,000 students. [Page 1c]


Artists open their workplace

Nearly 150 artist's studios will open their doors to the public today and next weekend as part of School 33 Art Center's annual Open Studio Tour. The city-owned center has sponsored the event for 16 years, allowing visitors to meet the artists and see their creations in the workshops where they were made. [Page 2e]


"I wouldn't bet on anybody losing their license unless the FCC receives a sudden spine transplant, but Sinclair could unquestionably see some turbulence."

Andrew Schwartzman, president of Media Access Project (Article, Page 1C)



Arts & Society looks at baseball fans' passion for foul balls. Go online to see additional photos.


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