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SUN JOURNAL

July 23, 2004

NATIONAL

Intelligence shortcomings noted

America doesn't have the luxury of time to remedy the severe shortcomings in intelligence that allowed terrorists to be launch devastating attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, the 9/11 commission concluded in its report yesterday. [Page 1a]

Halliburton defends itself

Halliburton executives, fending off federal inquiries and charges of profiteering in Iraq, defended themselves on Capitol Hill at a contentious hearing. They were confronted by some of their employees, alleging waste and incompetence. [Page 3a]

Report sees failure of imagination

A failure of imagination prevented those responsible for the nation's security from contemplating the scale of the 9/11 attacks or the resourcefulness and dedication of the enemy, the 9/11 commission report says. [Page 9a]

WORLD

CEO: Yukos Oil nearly bankrupt

Steven Theede, the chief executive officer of Yukos Oil, Russia's largest oil company, said that the Kremlin's freezing of its bank accounts and seizure of assets has crippled the company to the verge of bankruptcy. [Page 14a]

U.S. troops kill 25 in Iraq fighting

Fighting between U.S. troops and Iraqi insurgents left 25 Iraqis dead and 17 wounded. Meanwhile, a decapitated corpse turned up along the Tigris River. Authorities were investigating whether the body was that of a missing Bulgarian truck driver. [Page 16a]

MARYLAND

Gorges shaped 35,000 years ago

Scientists have calculated the age of scenic gorges along the Susquehanna and Potomac rivers, adding a chapter in the history of two waterways that help define Maryland. Floods, not glacial melt, gave rise to the gorges, says a study published today. [Page 1a]

Md. may operate Hickey School

Maryland juvenile justice officials may decide to run the Charles H. Hickey, Jr. School, rather than handing it over again to a private contractor. But that option was criticized by advocates who questioned the state's ability to properly operate the Baltimore County facility for troubled youths. [Page 1b]

Ghost hunters coming to town

More than 100 ghost hunters are expected this weekend in Baltimore for the first Eastern Regional Paranormal Conference and National Awards Show. They plan to investigate areas of Baltimore thought to be haunted and hear from authorities on paranormal investigations. [Page 1b]

BUSINESS

Harbor skyscraper proposed

A new skyscraper rivaling some of Baltimore's tallest buildings would rise in the Inner Harbor under a plan presented yesterday for one of downtown's most prominent, but long vacant, sites - at 500 E. Pratt St. [Page 1a]

AT&T says no to residential

AT&T Corp., the telephone giant that Alexander Graham Bell founded, announced it is no longer seeking new residential long-distance customers. Also, Verizon Corp. said that it is launching telephone service via the Internet over about half the country, including Maryland. [Page 1c]

Laureate Education expanding

Laureate Education Inc., a Baltimore tutoring company-turned-higher education behemoth, said it is adding two campuses in Mexico and affiliating with a Chicago college to launch its international hospitality management programs in the United States. [Page 1c]

TODAY

Wyclef Jean plans Haiti concert

Hip-hop artist Wyclef Jean, who appeared last weekend at Artscape, is planning a benefit concert Dec. 5 in Haiti to promote peace in his troubled home country. Jean said he hopes to attract one-quarter of the nation's 8 million people. [Page 2d]

No more mud-slinging Oscar ads

The Academy Awards will forbid Oscar ads attacking competitors after a DreamWorks ad for House of Sand and Fog's Shoreh Aghdashloo denigrated Renee Zellweger of Miramax's Cold Mountain. Zellweger won the supporting actress Oscar. [Page 10d]

SPORTS

Orioles split with Boston

The power the Orioles displayed to win Game 1 of a day-night doubleheader against the Red Sox faded in the nightcap. Tim Wakefield pitched seven shutout innings, and Boston prevented a three-game sweep with a 4-0 victory. Melvin Mora hit two home runs and Miguel Tejada one in a first-game 8-3 victory. [Page 1e]

Armstrong wins Stage 17 of Tour

Lance Armstrong won Stage 17 of the Tour de France with a push to the finish past German Andreas Kloden. Armstrong matched his career best with his fourth stage victory in a single Tour. The five-time defending champion increased his margin to 4:09 over his nearest competitor. [Page 1e]

NATO likely to aid Olympics

NATO is expected to approve a Greek request for extra counterterrorism help at the Olympic Games, alliance officials told the Associated Press. NATO ambassadors were supportive of the request, but no decision was made while technical and procedural details are worked out. [Page 2e]

TODAY ONLINE

9/11 REPORT

Read the independent commission report looking into the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. www.baltimoresun.com/911report

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"I don't believe anything in Washington - it's a magnet for con artists, so you have to read everything yourself."

Susan Smith, as she bought a copy of the 9/11 commission's report at a D.C. bookstore (Article, Page 1D)

MILITARY PRISON ABUSES

Read the Army Inspector General's full inspection report on detainee operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. www.baltimoresun.com/armyreport

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