Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

October 26, 2004

NATIONAL

Clinton's back in the limelight

Former President Bill Clinton, in his first public appearance since undergoing quadruple bypass surgery, joined John Kerry for a lunchtime rally in Philadelphia. Later, Clinton campaigned in Florida on behalf of the Democratic presidential challenger. [Page 1a]

Bush blasts Kerry on security

President Bush accused John Kerry yesterday of being "consistently and dangerously wrong" on national security issues and suggested that Kerry would employ a "cut and run" policy if elected. Bush's comments came as Kerry hammered the president in New Hampshire over a report that the administration failed to secure nearly 380 tons of explosives in Iraq. [Page 1a]

Rehnquist hospitalized for cancer

William H. Rehnquist, the chief justice of the Supreme Court since 1986, has been hospitalized with thyroid cancer. The 80-year-old justice was named to the court in 1972. [Page 1a]

WORLD

Sharon opens talks on Gaza plan

Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon opened formal debate in Israel's parliament yesterday on his plan to withdraw settlers and soldiers from the Gaza Strip and part of the West Bank, calling it the most difficult decision of his career. Lawmakers repeatedly interrupted him, reflecting the divisions of the country. [Page 12a]

Iraqi allies coaxed into coalition

The Bush administration, while stressing the need for Iraqis to control their own destiny, is working to coax its closest Iraqi allies into a coalition that could dominate elections scheduled for January. The effort to influence the elections is highly sensitive. [Page 13a]

MARYLAND

Bears checked on first hunt day

About 200 hunters chosen by lottery to participate in the state's first bear hunt in 51 years checked in at least 20 bears by the close of the first day. The hunt, which was authorized to control a rising population in western Maryland, was to have run through Saturday, but the Department of Natural Resources ended it last night. [Page 1a]

Ehrlich downplays land deal

Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. yesterday downplayed his involvement in a proposal to sell preservation land to a politically connected contractor at the same price the state paid for it. He said the deal was one of hundreds he has reviewed as a member of the state Board of Public Works. [Page 1b]

TODAY

MICA competition winners named

Two designers from the London office of RTKL Associates won an international design competition that RTKL and Maryland Institute College of Art launched in August to generate ideas for a $20 million residence hall and artists' studio complex at 1601 Mount Royal Ave. [Page 1c]

Tuning in, out Kerry special

A POW Story: Politics, Pressure and the Media, an hour-long special that once looked as if it were going to be a partisan attack on Democrat John Kerry for his anti-war efforts after returning from Vietnam, was seen in about 32,000 area homes Friday night. About 10,000 of those viewers tuned out the program before its end. [Page 3c]

BUSINESS

Leaders receive malpractice bill

Working against an end-of-the-year deadline, Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. sent to legislative leaders late yesterday a bill that would hold down medical malpractice insurance premiums by limiting jury awards, encouraging the reporting of medical mistakes and creating a fund to stave off the 33 percent rate increase that doctors face. [Page 1d]

Insurance executive resigns

Jeffrey W. Greenberg, chief executive of Marsh & McLennan Cos. Inc., resigned yesterday, 11 days after New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer accused a subsidiary of the world's largest insurance brokerage of rigging insurance prices and taking kickbacks. [Page 1d]

Mercantile to sell headquarters

Mercantile Bankshares Corp. said yesterday that it had agreed to sell its headquarters tower in Baltimore for $51.2 million to Harbor Group International LLC of Norfolk, Va., a real estate investment company that has bought commercial properties in the city. Mercantile, Maryland's largest independently owned bank, would lease back its space in the 21-story building at 2 Hopkins Plaza for another decade. [Page 1d]

SPORTS

J. Lewis' story disputed in court

A hometown friend of Jamal Lewis' said in federal court that the Ravens star was to receive a share of the proceeds of a cocaine deal that the two had in the works in 2000. The statement made by Angelo Jackson through his attorney appears to contradict assertions that Lewis made in a plea-bargain that the running back never anticipated receiving any drug proceeds. [Page 1e]

Ogden likely to miss Eagles game

A day after Sunday's 20-6 win over the Bills, the Ravens were preparing to go without all three of their Pro Bowl players on offense when they face the undefeated Eagles on Sunday. Tackle Jonathan Ogden, who pulled his left hamstring in the fourth quarter Sunday, walked with a limp yesterday and likely will join suspended running back Jamal Lewis and injured tight end Todd Heap on the sideline. [Page 1e]

Bengals win in prime-time return

The Cincinnati Bengals, whose history of losing had kept them from playing a Monday Night Football home game since 1992, enjoyed their re-emergence in the limelight by upsetting the Denver Broncos, 23-10. The Bengals' Chad Johnson caught seven passes for 149 yards, and teammate Rudi Johnson rushed 24 times for 119 yards. [Page 4e]

ELECTION 2004

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MIKE PRESTON ON THE RAVENS

Sun sports columnist Mike Preston answers your questions about the Ravens. www.baltimoresun.com/prestonqa

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"If this isn't good for my heart, I don't know what is."

Former President Bill Clinton speaking on campaigning for Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. John Kerry, (Article, Page 1A)

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