Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

July 22, 2004

NATIONAL

9/11 hijackers on Dulles tape

Four of the five hijackers who crashed a jet into the Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2001, triggered metal detectors when boarding the flight at Washington Dulles International Airport. The men were pulled aside for additional scrutiny, an airport surveillance video shows, then allowed to board the plane. [Page 1a]

Hawking: Erred on black holes

Stephen W. Hawking, the celebrated British cosmologist, conceded that he was wrong when he made an assertion 30 years ago that that energy and matter swallowed by black holes can never be retrieved. He said it returns in mangled form. [Page 3a]

White House knew about Berger

The White House knew months ago that Samuel R. "Sandy" Berger was being investigated by the FBI for removing sensitive documents from the National Archives. Democrats blamed Bush administration officials for leaking the information to divert attention from today's 9-11 report. [Page 7a]

WORLD

Six truck drivers taken hostage

Six truck drivers from India, Egypt and Kenya were taken hostage in Iraq. Militants threatened to behead them unless the company the drivers work for ends its business in Iraq. [Page 12a]

Head of U.S. hostage is found

The head of Paul M. Johnson Jr., an American hostage decapitated by his captors last month, was found by Saudi forces in the freezer of a suspected al-Qaida hideout during a raid. [Page 12a]

MARYLAND

Way cleared for Route 32 project

The Board of Public Works exempted a Howard County highway project from anti-sprawl regulations, raising concerns among environmentalists of a move to roll back the state's Smart Growth laws. The 2-1 board decision clears the way for widening of nine miles of Route 32. [Page 1a]

Criticized school law once praised

The 1997 law that created a city-state partnership to run Baltimore's schools is being criticized today for failing to establish clear lines of authority and responsibility, but it was considered an extraordinary achievement when it was enacted. [Page 1a]

FBI offered money, witness says

Political strategist Julius C. Henson testified that the FBI came to him during its investigation of businessman Nathan A. Chapman Jr., offering money and "help" with his clients if he acted as an informant. [Page 1b]

Driver in crash had violations

The driver of a pickup truck that crashed into a police cruiser, killing Maryland Transportation Authority Officer Duke G. Aaron III, was driving on a suspended license and had a history of traffic and misdemeanor drug violations, court records show. [Page 1b]

TODAY

Fired `CSI' actor wants to return

Actor George Eads blamed oversleeping, not a holdout, for an absence from the set of CSI that got him fired. Co-star Jorja Fox was also fired for a no-show. Both had sought a raise. Eads said he hopes to return. [Page 2c]

Tony Brown a dean at Hampton

Tony Brown, longtime host of PBS' Tony Brown's Journal, was named dean of Hampton University's Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications in Virginia. Brown, first dean of the School of Communications at Howard University, will take over Aug. 30. [Page 2c]

BUSINESS

Aether to sell wireless interest

Aether Systems Inc. of Owings Mills, whose rise and fall embodied the dot-com investment craze, threw in the towel on technology, announcing a plan to sell the remainder of the wireless communications company and invest in mortgage-backed securities. [Page 1a]

Wireless firms' consumer pledge

The nation's three largest mobile phone companies pledged to provide more consumer protections for tens of millions of cellular users, including many in Maryland, after a three-year investigation by state regulators into complaints about billing practices and deceptive advertising. [Page 1d]

Md. jobless rate steady at 3.9%

Maryland's jobless rate held steady at 3.9 percent last month, as employers added 5,700 jobs, more than in any June since the boom year of 1998, according to numbers being released today by the state Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation. [Page 1d]

SPORTS

J. Lewis lawyer may seek delay

An attorney for Jamal Lewis said the Ravens running back's drug conspiracy case is likely to extend into the team's regular season, which begins Sept. 12. The lawyer, Donald Samuel, said he'll probably request that the trial be delayed until the season is over. [Page 1e]

Armstrong wins Tour 16th stage

Lance Armstrong won the 16th stage of the Tour de France - a punishing time trial high into the French Alps - and extended his overall lead to 3 minutes, 48 seconds. Barring a disaster or injury, he appears a lock to win a record sixth Tour title. [Page 1e]

Orioles defeat Red Sox, 10-5

The Orioles handed Pedro Martinez his first loss since May 16, pounding him for eight runs in 6 2/3 innings in a 10-5 win at Fenway Park. Miguel Tejada had five runs batted in, and David Newhan hit an inside-the park homer. [Page 1e]

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"I wanted it bad because of the history around this mountain and the importance to the race."

Lance Armstrong, after winning the time trial on L'Alpe d'Huez to virtually assure his record sixth victory in the Tour de France (Article, Page 1E)

MARKETS

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S&P -- DOWN

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SUNINDEX -- DOWN

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9/11 REPORT

An independent commission is releasing a 500-page report detailing significant intelligence lapses and other governmental failures that allowed terrorist hijackings to succeed on Sept. 11, 2001. To read the report when it is released and to read articles about reaction to it, go to www.baltimoresun.com

SCHOOL FINANCES

Read the State Board of Education investigative panel's report into the Baltimore City school system deficit. www.baltimoresun.com/schoolreport

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