Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

July 28, 2004

NATIONAL

Democrats excel in fund raising

Fueled by antipathy for Bush, the Democrats have been champion fund-raisers this year, and the convention in Boston is a prime place to add to the party's take. [Page 1a]

O'Malley to speak at convention

If the Democratic National Convention has a rising star, it is probably Baltimore Mayor Martin O'Malley, who gets a turn at the podium tonight at the FleetCenter. [Page 5a]

WORLD

Jordanian company to leave Iraq

A Jordanian company said it would stop its operations in Iraq in an attempt to save the lives of two of its employees who were kidnapped by Iraqi militants. [Page 12a]

4 released from Guantanamo Bay

Four French citizens held for more than two years at Guantanamo Bay arrived in France and were detained by French authorities. President Jacques Chirac said the men were released from the U.S. detention facility after "long and intense negotiations" with the Bush administration. [Page 12a]

MEDICINE & SCIENCE

Controls urged on modified food

The National Academies of Science says the government should do more to ensure the safety of genetically modified foods. In a report issued yesterday, it says genetically altered crops have the potential to cause harm, and that they should be scrutinized. [Page 1a]

MARYLAND

Diploma requirements in doubt

City school officials said almost a third of the seniors who received diplomas last month at the Walbrook High Uniform Services Academy may not have met all requirements, and hundreds may have been wrongly promoted to the next grade. The problems were discovered during an audit of school records. [Page 1a]

Witness: Funds went to campaign

Two of Nathan A. Chapman Jr.'s employees told investigators that the investment manager used them to funnel illegal campaign contributions to Parris N. Glendening's 1994 gubernatorial campaign, an FBI agent testified at Chapman's trial. [Page 1b]

State police problems conceded

The Maryland State Police superintendent acknowledged that his department, among other deficiencies, failed to collect DNA samples from thousands of felons, wasted more than $100,000 on ineffective hand-held computers and failed to adequately monitor drugs and money collected as evidence. [Page 1b]

SPORTS

ACC seeks more football eligibility

In a move that Atlantic Coast Conference officials and football coaches hope boosts graduation rates, the league will sponsor legislation that, if passed by the NCAA, would grant five years of eligibility to all football players. [Page 1a]

Ravens not expecting McAlister

Resigned to the fact that Chris McAlister will be a no-show when players report to training camp tomorrow, Ravens officials said the Pro Bowl cornerback's absence will not result in ill will -- or a new contract. [Page 1c]

Sports museum gets a name

The $16 million sports museum scheduled to open in May 2005 at Camden Station will get a name today: Sports Legends at Camden Yards. The expansion of the Babe Ruth Birthplace and Museum will house Maryland archives and memorabilia. [Page 1c]

BUSINESS

U.S. Foodservice officals charged

Federal prosecutors announced criminal charges against four former executives at Columbia-based U.S. Foodservice in a scheme to inflate earnings by more than $800 million. The actions capped a 17-month investigation into accounting irregularities at the food distributor. [Page 1a]

State Farm to cut jobs in Md.

State Farm Insurance Co. will cut 400 to 500 jobs at its Frederick Operations Center over the next 2 1/2 years as part of an effort to consolidate operations in the Mid-Atlantic region, the company said yesterday. The Frederick facility employs about 1,000. [Page 1d]

T. Rowe Price earnings up 49%

T. Rowe Price Group Inc. reported a 49 percent increase in second-quarter earnings as investors shrugged off global uncertainty and poured savings into the stock market. The Baltimore mutual fund company said its assets under management stood at a record $206.8 billion as of June 30. [Page 1d]

TODAY

Sox fans travel to Oriole Park

With tickets to baseball games at Boston's Fenway Park among the game's most expensive and least available, some Red Sox fans eager to see their team play find it easier to travel to away games, such as those this week against the Orioles at Camden Yards. [Page 1e]

Bloggers as press at convention

For the first time, the media horde covering the Democratic National Convention includes "bloggers," or Web loggers, whose online postings cover the news from unique and esoteric points of view. More than 30 bloggers, from a high school student to a lawyer, have received press credentials. [Page 1e]

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"It will be presented in a way that will have national appeal." Michael Gibbons, executive director of the Babe Ruth Birthplace and Museum, on plans for Sports Legends at Camden Yards, to open next year (Article, Page 1C)

MARKETS

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