Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

July 12, 2004

NATIONAL

NAACP holds annual convention

NAACP Chairman Julian Bond continued to express the organization's frustration with President Bush yesterday at the group's annual convention in Philadelphia. Bush is the first sitting president since Herbert Hoover not to address the group. [Page 3a]

Nation without CIA director

Leaders of the Senate Intelligence Committee urged the White House yesterday to quickly nominate a CIA director, saying the country cannot wait until after the November election given the current terrorist threat. George J. Tenet, who announced in early June that he was resigning, left the agency yesterday after seven years as director. [Page 3a]

Cheney's wife opposes ban

Lynne Cheney, the vice president's wife and mother of a lesbian, said yesterday states should have the final say over the legal status of personal relationships. The stance puts her at odds with the vice president on the need for a constitutional amendment now under debate in the Senate that effectively would ban gay marriage. [Page 5a]

WORLD

Bomb explodes in Tel Aviv

Two days after an international court ruled that the West Bank barrier violated international law and should be torn down, a bomb exploded near Tel Aviv's central bus station, killing one and reinforcing Israel's support of the contested wall. For many Israelis, the court's ruling has sanctioned the Palestinian attacks that the planned 425-mile barrier is designed to stop. [Page 1a]

Anti-Semitic attack denounced

Six people attacked a young mother on a suburban Paris train Friday, chopping off her hair and scribbling swastikas on her stomach in what leaders denounced yesterday as an example of growing anti-Semitism. President Jacques Chirac expressed a sense of "dread" over the attack. [Page 7a]

MEDICINE & SCIENCE

Doctor puts technique on DVD

Dr. Patrick C. Walsh mailed a free DVD to thousands of physicians this spring that shows how to remove a prostate using a method that he pioneered in the 1980s and spent 20 years refining - a method that's far less likely to result in impotence and incontinence than earlier techniques. [Page 8a]

Bacteria clean up MTBE

Scientists are using bacteria to help clean up wells contaminated by MTBE - a gasoline additive that makes the air cleaner but has leaked into ground water supplies across the country. [Page 9a]

MARYLAND

Police strategy questioned

Baltimore police officers have drastically increased their enforcement of so-called "quality of life" crimes under Commissioner Kevin P. Clark, issuing a record number of citations and boosting the number of arrests. But many of the cases are being tossed out by prosecutors and the effectiveness of the strategy is being questioned. [Page 1a]

Housing authority lays off 63

The Housing Authority of Baltimore City is laying off 63 workers - from auditors and apartment superintendents to counselors who help tenants learn to read - and more staff cuts are expected within weeks to help cover an $11 million reduction in federal funding. The agency sent termination notices to the workers late last week. The job cuts take effect Aug. 6. [Page 1b]

TODAY

Vacant home joins landmark list

A vacant two-story dwelling in eastern Baltimore County is added to the county's official landmark list after it was determined that the structure dates from the late 1700s and is the only dwelling in the Patapsco Neck area that remains from when British troops marched through during the invasion of Baltimore in the War of 1812. [Page 1c]

Singer's debut generating buzz

As his debut CD release, Rewind, hits store shelves tomorrow, 27-year-old Largo, Md., native Ricky Fante is making a big buzz in the music industry and garnering comparisons to soul music greats Sam Cooke and Wilson Pickett. [Page 1c]

SPORTS

Royals defeat Os, 11-7

Mike Sweeney went 4-for-6 with two homers and three RBIs, leading a 17-hit attack that carried the Kansas City Royals to an 11-7 victory over the Orioles at Camden Yards. The Orioles lost two of the three games in the series, falling 11 games under .500 and a season-high 17 1/2 games out of first place. [Page 1d]

Phelps prepares for showdown

Michael Phelps of the North Baltimore Aquatic Club and Aaron Peirsol are headed for a showdown in the 200-meter backstroke today at the U.S. Olympic swimming trials in Long Beach, Calif. Peirsol has the world record of 1 minute, 55.15 seconds; Phelps neared that mark in February with a 1:55.30. [Page 1d]

Md. hurdler qualifies for Olympics

James Carter, a 1996 Mervo graduate, qualified for the Athens Olympics with a come-from-behind win at the Olympic track-and-field trials in Sacramento, Calif. Carter rallied over the final two three-foot barriers to win the men's 400-meter hurdles final in 47.68 seconds, the fastest time in the world this year. [Page 1d]

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"We're at a point where we need to assess whether the plan has done what they designed it to do."

City State's Attorney Patricia C. Jessamy on the Police Department's emphasis on "quality of life" crimes. (Article, Page 1a)

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