Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

July 10, 2004

NATIONAL

Intelligence agencies blamed

Intelligence agencies overstated what they knew about Iraqi weapons, gave inadequate information to policy-makers, withheld information from each other and rejected views that didn't support their own, the Senate Intelligence Committee concludes. [Page 1a]

Dean can't dissuade Nader

In a lively radio debate yesterday, former Democratic presidential candidate Howard Dean tried to get Ralph Nader to abandon his long-shot White House bid. Nader, whom some Democrats blame for George W. Bush's election in 2000, declined and vowed to continue his independent campaign. [Page 3a]

Bush to skip NAACP meeting

President Bush took to the roads of central Pennsylvania in a red, white and blue campaign bus, stopping to tell voters that he - and not his Democratic opponent - shares the values of average Americans. But he will be conspicuously absent from the state next week, having rejected an invitation to attend the NAACP's annual convention in Philadelphia. [Page 1a, 6a]

WORLD

Court rejects Israeli wall

The International Court of Justice in the Hague, Netherlands, ruled yesterday in an advisory opinion that Israel should stop construction of its West Bank barrier, tear down the parts already built and pay Palestinians restitution. [Page 9a]

Baghdad house hit by mortars

Mortar rounds in Baghdad missed a hotel housing foreigners and hit a house last night, killing one child and wounding three others. Bulgaria and the Philippines refused to withdraw their forces from Iraq despite Islamic insurgents' threats to kill the countries' citizens taken hostage. [Page 12a]

MARYLAND

Audit criticizes state police

A sharply critical report by legislative auditors found problems with the crime-fighting efforts of the Maryland State Police. Auditors reported that the department failed to collect DNA samples from thousands of felons, adequately monitor firearms dealers or properly keep track of drugs and cash collected as evidence. [Page 1a]

Marylander killed in Iraq

Pfc. Samuel R. Bowen, 38, an Eastern Shore native, died Wednesday in Iraq when a rocket-propelled grenade landed near his truck, his family said. Bowen, who lived in Cleveland, grew up in Berlin, outside Ocean City. He was a member of the 216th Engineer Battalion, an Ohio National Guard unit based in Akron. [Page 1b]

HERO loses an endorsement

An agency that monitors area nonprofits revoked yesterday its endorsement of a well-known AIDS organization, the Health Education Resource Organization. The agency said its review uncovered shoddy accounting and conflicts of interest. [Page 1b]

SPORTS

O's fall to Royals, 7-0

The Kansas City Royals ended an eight-game skid and a club-record streak of 32 scoreless innings in defeating the Orioles, 7-0, at Camden Yards. The Orioles lost their third consecutive game to fall back to a season-worst 11 games under .500 at 36-47. They also haven't scored in 24 innings against the opposing starting pitcher. [Page 1c]

Neal surrenders to police

Former Calvert Hall and Aberdeen High basketball standout Gary Neal surrendered to Philadelphia police on a variety of sexual assault charges, including the alleged rape of a 19-year-old woman on the La Salle University campus. Neal is one of two La Salle players charged. [Page 1c]

Armstrong falls but pedals on

Lance Armstrong tumbled off his bike early in the sixth stage of the Tour de France but quickly recovered to rejoin the race. While he wasn't hurt, the spill was his biggest scare in his bid for a record sixth straight title. Thomas Voeckler held onto the overall lead. Armstrong remains 9 minutes, 35 seconds back in sixth place. [Page 2c]

BUSINESS

Crown selling its last outlets

Crown Central Petroleum Corp. - a name once synonymous with gasoline in Baltimore - announced yesterday that it has sold more than 150 gas stations and convenience stores in Maryland and Virginia. Baltimore-based Crown expects to sell or close the few stations it still owns by the end of the month, officials said. [Page 8c]

Adelphia mistrial declared

A federal judge declared a mistrial yesterday on 17 fraud charges against former Adelphia Communications Corp. Vice President Michael Rigas after jurors said they could not break a two-day deadlock. On Thursday, the same jury convicted Rigas' father and brother of conspiracy, bank fraud and securities fraud. [Page 8c]

FDA extends cattle parts ban

Acting to close loopholes in protections against mad cow disease, the Food and Drug Administration yesterday banned from use in cosmetics and dietary supplements the brains and other cattle parts that could carry the disease's infectious agent. [Page 8c]

TODAY

BSO markets the music

Members of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra were filmed for a television commercial in a North Baltimore back yard to increase attendance at Meyerhoff Symphony Hall and to promote the symphony's second home, scheduled to open in Bethesda next year. [Page 1d]

Filene's `running of the brides'

Crowds stormed the opening of Filene's Basement in Towson as the store's famous bridal gown sale arrived here for the first time yesterday. The event promises high-end gowns to high-adrenaline shoppers. [Page 1d]

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"I used to spend $25 for a pair of shoes. Now I spend $225. You don't buy a $500 suit; you buy a $2,500 suit. ... If I wanted to retire, my life would have to change dramatically."

NASCAR driver Jeff Gordon (Article, Page 1C)

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TODAY ONLINE

INTELLIGENCE REPORT

To read the Senate Intelligence Committee's report on the prewar intelligence assessments of Iraq, go to baltimoresun.com/senatereport

STATE POLICE AUDIT

View the entire 60-page audit of the Maryland State Police at baltimoresun.com/policeaudit

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