Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

July 16, 2004

NATIONAL

Women share bond in harassment

They're economic worlds apart, but the women of Wall Street and Wal-Mart find they share a bond in their experience of sexual harassment. Their claims of abusive and discriminatory practices are similar in a suit settled this week by the securities firm Morgan Stanley for $54 million, and in a federal class action suit against Wal-Mart covering some 1.6 million workers. [Page 1a]

Kerry criticizes Bush at NAACP

Democratic presidential contender Sen. John Kerry criticized President Bush yesterday for not attending the NAACP convention in Philadelphia, and appealed to a friendly crowd by invoking the memory of the 2000 election fiasco, saying it is a "great injustice to all Americans when African-Americans are denied their right to vote." [Page 1a]

WORLD

Iraqi security service created

Iraq's prime minister, Ayad Allawi, announced the establishment of a new Iraqi security service designed to destroy militant groups in his country. Attackers detonated a car bomb near police and government buildings in the western city of Haditha yesterday, killing 10 people. [Page 12a]

Israel to change parts of barrier

Israel will spend $11.1 million to change portions of its West Bank barrier, alterations that come after two legal rulings against the project. In another development, Prime Minister Ariel Sharon formally invited the ultra-Orthodox Shas Party to begin talks on joining his coalition government. [Page 12a]

AIDS hinders African nations

The annual United Nations ranking of global rich and poor showed that AIDS was pushing African nations further into misery while most of the world moved toward higher development. The U.N. Development Index ranked 177 nations. [Page 13a]

MEDICINE/SCIENCE

CO2 threatens shellfish, coral

Carbon dioxide pollution threatens the survival of shellfish, coral and other hard-bodied sea animals, researchers said in three studies released today. Another group of international scientists called for overhauling management of the world's fisheries, citing declining fish populations. The reports in today's issue of Science paint a bleak picture of the oceans' ability to sustain current levels of aquatic life. [Page 1a]

MARYLAND

City to sue CSX in '01 tunnel fire

Baltimore plans to file a lawsuit today against CSX Corp. over the July 18, 2001, derailment of a chemical-bearing train. The city alleges that the railroad was responsible and seeks $10 million for fighting the fire, repairing a water main and responding to the emergency. Baltimore's lawsuit is one of several filed in recent weeks against CSX and, in some cases, the city, as the three-year statute of limitations for claims related to the disaster nears. [Page 1b]

Condo plans near Cherry Hill

A local company revealed plans yesterday for 100 condominiums - some costing up to $450,000 - to be built in a dying industrial strip near Cherry Hill. The proposal, presented to the city's Design Advisory Panel, would be an ambitious housing development near a neighborhood that has long suffered many problems. [Page 1a]

Democrats urge DiBiagio to resign

Maryland's Democratic Party called for the resignation yesterday of U.S. Attorney Thomas M. DiBiagio after The Sun revealed his recent e-mail directives to his staff seeking more convictions of elected officials and "front page" indictments by November. But Republican Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. defended DiBiagio and said the prosecutor adequately explained his motives and what he had meant by "front page" indictments. [Page 1a]

SPORTS

Kobe Bryant to stay with Lakers

A day after the Los Angeles Lakers traded 11-time All-Star center Shaquille O'Neal, the team's other superstar, Kobe Bryant, told the Lakers that he is staying. Bryant turned down Los Angeles' other NBA team, the Clippers, and will re-sign with the Lakers for more than $136.4 million over seven years. [Page 1e]

Casey, Levet lead British Open

Paul Casey of England and Thomas Levet of France found their way to the top of the British Open leader board at 5-under-par 66. They had a one-shot lead over Michael Campbell of New Zealand. Also in the first round, Tiger Woods shot 70, and Masters champion Phil Mickelson finished at 73. [Page 1e]

O's defeat Rays, 5-4

David Newhan broke a seventh-inning tie with a two-run triple, and despite closer Jorge Julio loading the bases in the ninth, the Orioles held on for a 5-4 victory over the host Tampa Bay Devil Rays. [Page 1e]

BUSINESS

Martha Stewart to be sentenced

Martha Stewart is scheduled to be sentenced this morning in New York for lying, conspiring and obstructing an investigation into the 2001 sale of her ImClone stock. Stewart's stockbroker, Peter E. Bacanovic, is also scheduled for sentencing today. [Page 1d]

City hotel plans move forward

Baltimore's proposed 750-room convention hotel received preliminary approval from the city's Design Advisory Panel yesterday, paving the way for the estimated $200 million project just north of Oriole Park to move ahead. [Page 1d]

TODAY

HBO dominates nominees list

With 124, HBO dominates the list of nominees for the Primetime Emmy Awards. The HBO miniseries Angels in America led with 21 nominations. The Sopranos, also on HBO, had 20. Comedian Garry Shandling will emcee the show Sept. 19 on ABC. [Page 1a]

TODAY ONLINE

WHAT'S NEW IN THEATERS?

Search movie listings, get showtimes and find theaters, plus read archived reviews from Sun film critic Michael Sragow. www.baltimoresun.com/movies

BAY & BEACH

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MARKETS - DOWN

DOW

-45.64

10,163.16

NASDAQ

-2.17

1,912.71

S&P

-4.78

1,106.69

SUN INDEX

-0.27

264.61

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"We're performing this huge experiment on the global oceans and have very little understanding of the effects on the ecosystems that are out there."

Ken Caldeira, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory researcher (Article, Page 1A)

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