Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

October 28, 2004

NATIONAL

Bush, Kerry trade charges

President Bush swung back at Sen. John Kerry for turning a missing cache of powerful explosives in Iraq into a campaign issue, while Kerry intensified his attacks on the president, accusing him of arrogantly pursuing flawed policies in Iraq. [Page 1a]

Immigrant job gains noted

The number of adult immigrants holding a job has grown by more than 2 million since 2000, while the number of employed native-born Americans fell by nearly a half-million, according to a study by a group that favors stricter immigration controls. [Page 3a]

Military anthrax shots halted

A federal judge ordered the military to halt its contentious mandatory anthrax vaccination program, ruling that the government had failed to follow the rules for declaring an experimental drug safe for public use. [Page 3a]

WORLD

Arafat's health worsens

Yasser Arafat's health sharply deteriorated last night, and doctors rushed to the battered West Bank compound where the aging Palestinian leader has been living under Israeli army siege for two years. [Page 1a]

Extinct human species found

Researchers probing a cool cave on a tropical Indonesian island have found a bizarre branch of our family tree -- an extinct hobbit-sized species of human that experts are calling one of the most important discoveries in 50 years. [Page 1a]

U.S. ties with allies a key issue

One of the key issues facing the winner of the presidential election will be how quickly the United States will re-establish ties with its historical allies in Europe and how close those ties will be. [Page 12a]

British redeploy troops in Iraq

British troops were redeployed from the relative safety of their base in Basra, Iraq to a dangerous province southeast of Baghdad, a move that will free up U.S. troops for an expected assault on the insurgent-dominated city of Fallujah. [Page 12a]

MARYLAND

Poll gives Kerry big lead in Md.

Disaffected by the war in Iraq and troubled by terrorism, the economy and President Bush's leadership, Maryland voters overwhelmingly support Sen. John Kerry in his race against the president. Kerry leads by 56 percent to 39 percent, according to a poll conducted for The Sun. [Page 1a]

80 key teacher openings in city

City school officials are struggling to fill 80 teaching vacancies, including many in high-level math classes required for high school graduation. Baltimore school officials say the shortage is tied to the system's financial problems. [Page 1b]

Panel seeks $15 billion bay fund

A panel appointed by Chesapeake Bay watershed governors is calling on state and federal officials to create a $15 billion bay financing authority, a permanent, revolving fund to pay for restoring the estuary. The fund would require an initial investment of $12 billion in federal money and a total of $3 billion from the watershed states, including Maryland. [Page 2b]

TODAY

Campaigns ready victory parties

As Election Day nears, the Kerry and Bush campaigns are gearing up for victory parties -- no matter who wins. But in the end, only one campaign will get to toast a win. [Page 1c]

New sculpture for new wing

During a preview tour of the newest wing of the American Visionary Arts Museum, founder and President Rebecca Hoffberger unveiled a 5-foot-tall sculpture, Bluebird of Happiness, created and donated by Fells Point artist Dick Brown. [Page 1c]

BUSINESS

Crude oil futures drop sharply

Crude oil futures plunged almost 5 percent in New York, the biggest decline in five months, after an Energy Department report showed that U.S. inventories rose more than expected. [Page 1d]

Former Bata plant is razed

People pulled their kids out of school, offices shut down and police closed roads -- all as part of a 13-second event on U.S. 40 in Belcamp: the demolition of a 65-year-old former shoe factory that was once Harford County's largest employer. [Page 1d]

SPORTS

Red Sox reverse curse, win Series

The Boston Red Sox, supposedly cursed since they sold Babe Ruth to the New York Yankees before the 1920 season, ended years of misery by winning Game 4 of the World Series, 3-0, and sweeping the St. Louis Cardinals for their first title since 1918. Johnny Damon led off last night's game with a home run. [Pages 1a, 1e]

Owens says Newsome soured him

Star wide receiver Terrell Owens said for the first time that alleged comments made by Ravens general Ozzie Newsome during negotiations were a major factor in his decision to play for the Philadelphia Eagles this season instead of in Baltimore. Newsome declined to comment. [Page 1e]

Palmeiro accepts 1-year O's deal

The Orioles re-signed Rafael Palmeiro to a one-year, $3 million contract with the intention of making him the full-time designated hitter in 2005. Palmeiro, 40, is 10th on the career homer list with 551. [Page 3e]

TODAY ONLINE

THE BALTIMORE SUN POLL

See a video clip of Sun political reporter David Nitkin discussing the results of our poll. www.baltimoresun.com/election2004

HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS

Hear Sun high school sports columnist Milton Kent at 4:30 p.m. today on Baltimore's ESPN Radio 1300, and go online to read a question-and-answer feature with high school sports reporters Pat O'Malley and Lem Satterfield. www.baltimoresun.com/hssports

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"It comes out of left field. If they had said, `We've found an alien spacecraft -- come out and take a look' -- I would've been less surprised."

Peter Brown, researcher at Australia's University of New England, on discovery of extinct human species (Article, Page 1A)

MARKETS

DOW -- UP

+113.55

10,002.03

NASDAQ -- UP

+41.20

1,969.99

S&P -- UP

+14.31

1,125.40

SUNINDEX -- UP

+4.15

273.74

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