Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

July 25, 2004

NATIONAL

As the Democratic National Convention nears, John Kerry is striving to transform a lifetime of painstaking preparation into a vibrant message that captures the support of the public. [Page 1a]

Democrats come to Boston

The city of Boston, long steeped in politics and history, is experiencing a milestone this week: It is holding its first Democratic National Convention. [Page 1a]

WORLD

Abductions in Iraq

Struggling against a campaign of kidnappings, interim Iraqi Prime Minister Iyad Allawi urged the international community to close ranks with his country in its battle against militants. [Page 16a]

No charges for former president

A Mexican federal judge threw out yesterday genocide charges against former President Luis Echeverria in the deaths of dozens of students in 1971. The judge said the statute of limitations for such a crime had expired. [Page 16a]

MARYLAND

TV shows influence jurors

Thanks to TV shows such as CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, jurors increasingly expect to encounter in the courtroom what they've seen on television - DNA, fingerprints or other irrefutable scientific evidence of guilt. In Baltimore, lawyers have attributed several recent surprising acquittals to what they call the CSI effect. They say evidence that is not physical or scientific often seems to have little impact on jurors. [Page 1a]

Activists protest bear hunt plan

About 200 animal activists converged on the governor's mansion in Annapolis yesterday to protest a proposal for the state's first black bear hunt in 51 years. Proponents of the plan say the state's bear population has grown large enough to warrant a hunt. Opponents say the hunt won't solve the state's problem with bears. [Page 1b]

BUSINESS

Wall Street view of candidates

As the presidential election approaches, financial experts weigh whether the stock market would fare better with Bush or Kerry in the White House. [Page 1d]

Sponsorship gets mixed reviews

The National Aquarium in Baltimore's partnership with the Discovery Channel's Animal Planet has been lauded by tourism and nonprofit officials as an intelligent pairing. But critics fear the proliferation of commercial messages in public spaces. [Page 1d]

SPORTS

O's Ponson wins 2nd straight

Miguel Tejada homered and drove in two runs to back a fine pitching performance by Sidney Ponson, helping the Orioles end the Twins' five-game winning streak with a 4-2 victory at Camden Yards. Ponson (5-12) won a second straight start for the first time this season. David Newhan broke a 2-2 tie with a seventh-inning sacrifice fly. [Page 1e]

Armstrong on verge of 6th title

Lance Armstrong capped his most dominant Tour de France with a crushing win in the final time trial, all but guaranteeing that the American cyclist will become the first six-time champion. Only a crash or other unforeseen accident on today's last ride into Paris can keep the American from victory. [Page 1e]

2 La Salle coaches resign

La Salle University men's basketball coach Billy Hahn and women's coach John Miller resigned in the midst of investigations into two alleged rape incidents involving players on the men's team. Hahn was a Maryland assistant for 12 seasons. [Page 1e]

ARTS & SOCIETY

Renowned architect mourned

Colleagues mourn architect David A. Wallace, who helped create master plans for redevelopment of Charles Center and the Inner Harbor. His designs showed how attractive and livable a city can be when it is built according to strong planning principles rather than by happenstance. [Page 3f]

Amish reality show criticized

Ads from Kentucky's Center for Rural Strategies attack UPN's reality show Amish in the City as cruel and ignorant. The show, which throws naive young Amish men and women into a Hollywood Hills mansion and observes the mayhem that ensues, is to premiere Wednesday. [Page 3f]

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