Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

July 07, 2004

NATIONAL

Kerry chooses Edwards as No. 2

John Kerry tapped John Edwards, the folksy North Carolinian who fought him unsuccessfully for the party nomination, to be his vice presidential running mate, saying the first-term senator and wealthy former trial lawyer is ready for the job. [Page 1a]

Where Edwards seen as helping

Sen. John Edwards could help bring the Democratic ticket support from women, younger voters and African-Americans; energize John Kerry's prospects in the Midwest and provide a contrast with Vice President Dick Cheney, say campaign officials, analysts and strategists in both parties. [Page 1a]

WORLD

5 million infected with HIV in '03

A new United Nations AIDS report says that 5 million people became infected with HIV last year, more than any previous year. Eastern Europe and Asia saw the steepest increases, the report said. [Page 8a]

Marine may be alive, family says

The family of a Lebanese-born U.S. Marine missing in Iraq said they have received signals that he is alive and has been released from his captors. Meanwhile, an Iraqi militant group threatened to kill Jordanian-born militant Abu Musab al-Zarqawi if he and his followers don't leave the country. [Page 9a]

MARYLAND

Minister criticizes AME hierarchy

A prominent Baltimore minister attacked the hierarchy of the African Methodist Episcopal Church, calling its bureaucracy a "satanic system" that has drifted away from its mission of uplift and empowerment. [Page 1a]

Libraries install anti-porn filters

Baltimore County's library system has installed filters on its 350 public computers designed to block pornography. The step was taken in response to a Supreme Court ruling last year that tied some federal funding for libraries to the use of the filters. [Page 1b]

SPORTS

Devil Rays hold off Orioles, 3-1

Tampa Bay closer Danys Baez gave up a run in the ninth inning but got Brian Roberts to foul out with the bases loaded, saving Mark Hendrickson's 3-1 victory over the Orioles. Hendrickson, a former NBA player, earned the win with eight shutout innings. [Page 1c]

Bayhawks give up on Powell in '04

The Bayhawks abandoned efforts to persuade Michael Powell to play for them this season. Powell, who led Syracuse to the NCAA title in the spring, was officially placed on the Major Lacrosse League's did-not-report list, meaning he is ineligible for competition in 2004. [Page 2c]

Crash sets Mayo back in Tour

Iban Mayo of Spain lost 3 minutes, 48 seconds to Lance Armstrong after crashing during the third stage of the Tour de France. Armstrong, seeking his sixth straight championship, is in fifth place overall. [Page 2c]

BUSINESS

Edwards not a nod to business

John Edwards is a lawyer and an advocate of protectionist trade policies, so his choice as John Kerry's running mate is provoking a visceral response from business leaders who favor tort reform and the kind of trade that he blames for sending jobs overseas. [Page 1d]

SEC to expand mutual-funds probe

The Securities and Exchange Commission, is expanding a mutual-funds industry probe by looking into whether companies pay for preferential treatment as 401(k) plan options. [Page 1d]

Medicare data held back

An internal investigation by the Department of Health and Human Services confirms that top Medicare officials withheld data from Congress showing that Medicare drug benefits would probably cost much more than the White House acknowledged. [Page 1d]

TODAY

Memorial dedicated to Diana

The queen of England dedicated a memorial to Princess Diana, remembered fondly in Britain as bringing the monarchy to the people. The dedication marked the first time since her funeral in 1997 that her family had appeared publicly with the royal family. [Page 1e]

Wal-Mart shoppers hypocritical?

Shoppers who insist they hate Wal-Mart's ruthless bottom-line policies and then shop there for bargains are hurting efforts to force the chain to change its ways, opponents say. [Page 1e]

TODAY ONLINE

MORE ON CANDIDATES

With Sen. John Edwards of North Carolina being selected as running mate by the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, Sen. John Kerry of Massachusetts, get links to the Web sites of Republican and Democratic candidates. www.baltimoresun.com/election2004

FIND OLD RECIPES

Can't remember where you saw that summer drink recipe? Looking for something different for dinner? Find it by searching The Sun's recipe archives. www.baltimoresun.com/recipes

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"Today, you could not win the Tour de France but you could lose the Tour."

Johan Bruyneel, a Lance Armstrong manager, after Iban Mayo crashed in the third stage of cycling's Tour de France (Article, Page 2C)

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