Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

July 01, 2004

WORLD

Sudan warned to stop militias

U.S. Secretary of State Colin L. Powell warned the Sudanese government yesterday that it had "days" to stop atrocities by Arab militias in the Rarfur region or it would face international punishment. [Page 1a]

Iraq gains custody of Hussein

A day before his first expected court appearance, Saddam Hussein was turned over to Iraqi authorities and the country's new government moved to reinstate the death penalty. [Page 10a]

Israel court orders altered wall

The Israeli Supreme Court ruled yesterday that part of the barrier the army is building in the West Bank illegally harms Palestinians by cutting them off from their land. It ordered army officials to alter the barrier's route, even if it reduces Israel's security. [Page 11a]

NATIONAL

D.C., N.J. have new cell use laws

Maryland motorists who drive while using cell phones could face roaming charges of a different sort as of today. Two nearby jurisdictions, New Jersey and the District of Columbia, will begin enforcing new laws banning the use of hand-held phones while operating a motor vehicle. [Page 1a]

Secret ruins in Utah revealed

Archaeologists revealed yesterday what can only be called a secret garden: The pristinely preserved ruins of an ancient civilization that was long ago lost to the mists of time in the remote cliffs of eastern Utah, but then resolutely protected over the past 50 years by a local rancher. [Page 3a]

5,600 reserves to be activated

About 5,600 members of a little-used category of Army reservists, including up to 200 from Maryland, will be called to active duty starting next week to support operations in Afghanistan and Iraq, Army officials said. More soldiers will be called on in coming years to help in those areas, officials added. [Page 4a]

MARYLAND

Tufaro named to education board

David F. Tufaro, a developer and Republican activist who lost to Martin O'Malley in the 1999 Baltimore mayoral election, was one of four people named by Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. to the Maryland State Board of Education yesterday. An attorney with a joint law and master of city planning degree from University of Pennsylvania, Tufaro has little background in public or higher education. [Page 2b]

Higher vehicle fees effective today

Motorists renewing their vehicle registrations today will face paying higher fees to fund long-delayed road projects. The increases boost the two-year fee for passenger cars from $81 to $128, and for sport utility vehicles and trucks from $108 to $180. [Page 1b]

Fallston High grad killed in Iraq

Marine reservist Lance Cpl. Patrick Ryan Adle, a 21-year-old former Fallston High School star football and lacrosse player, was killed along with two other soldiers Tuesday in Iraq when the Humvee he was riding in struck a roadside bomb. [Page 1b]

SPORTS

O's take out frustration on Royals

With rookie Daniel Cabrera carrying a no-hit bid into the fifth inning and the offense matching a season high for runs, the Orioles defeated the host Kansas City Royals, 13-4. Despite the outburst, the Orioles still finished with the worst record in the majors for June, at 8-19. [Page 1c]

Boulware shows doubts on playing

Ravens Pro Bowl linebacker Peter Boulware said that he has been cleared by doctors to increase the rehabilitation on his injured right knee, which officially begins his road to recovery in earnest. But he expressed doubts for the first time that he will be able to play in the Ravens' opener at Cleveland on Sept. 12. [Page 1c]

BUSINESS

Maritime security tightened

The most sweeping overhaul in maritime history takes effect today at the world's ports, including in Baltimore, where high-tech identification devices, miles of fencing and other measures have been installed in an unprecedented shift in focus from safety to security in response to terrorism's enlarged shadow. [Page 1a]

Short-term rate up quarter-point

The Federal Reserve raised a key short-term interest rate yesterday by a quarter of a percentage point, the first increase in four years and a sign that the sun is setting on historically cheap money. At 1.25 percent, the rate is still low, but economists expect this is just the first of a series of raises. [Page 1a]

Microsoft settlement upheld

Microsoft Corp.'s settlement of the U.S. government's 6-year-old antitrust case was upheld yesterday by a federal appeals court that rejected proposals by Massachusetts for tougher restrictions on the world's largest software maker. [Page 1d]

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QUOTE OF THE DAY

"He believed he was helping the people of Iraq. He believed he was doing the right thing."

Pamela Adle-Watts of Fallston, mother of Marine reservist Lance Cpl. Patrick Ryan Adle who was killed in Iraq. (Article, Page 1B)

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