Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

July 31, 2004

NATIONAL

Kerry tour a bid for swing voters

Sen. John Kerry launched a two-week cross-country tour through battleground states yesterday, seeking to carry the energy and momentum of the Democratic convention in his hometown to states where he could face a tougher sell. [Page 1a]

Bush points to his achievements

President Bush, back on the campaign trail, asked voters yesterday to award him a second term, saying that he has "accomplished a great deal" in the White House while his opponent, John Kerry, has "very few signature achievements" to show after 19 years in the Senate. [Page 1a]

9/11 panel leaders testify

Two chief proponents of the Sept. 11 commission's plan to refashion the U.S. intelligence community told senators yesterday that there is an urgent need for major changes to deal with the continuing threat of terrorism. The Senate Governmental Affairs Committee has begun a lengthy summer series of congressional hearings aimed at quick results. [Page 3a]

WORLD

In Iraq, Powell promises aid

In a surprise visit to Iraq yesterday, Secretary of State Colin L. Powell promised to speed U.S. reconstruction aid to the country, suggesting it would help curb the violence. Meanwhile, in Fallujah, Marines battled insurgents, leaving 13 Iraqis dead. [Page 1a]

U.N. passes Sudan resolution

The United Nations Security Council passed a resolution yesterday threatening Sudan with punitive measures if it doesn't rein in Arab militias who have forced black Africans off their land. The vote on the U.S.-crafted resolution was 13-0, with China and Pakistan abstaining. [Page 12a]

MARYLAND

Court allows Evans to lobby

Lobbyist Gerard Evans, whose fraud conviction prompted a federal judge to denounce a "culture of corruption" in Annapolis, won a legal victory as Maryland's highest court ruled he can continue to practice his profession. By a 5-2 vote, the Court of Appeals ruled that the State Ethics Commission exceeded its authority when it revoked Evans' registration as a lobbyist. [Page 1a]

Nader seeks a place on Md. ballot

Facing hostility from Democrats who blame Ralph Nader for helping put George W. Bush in the White House in 2000, Nader volunteers are canvassing Maryland in hopes of getting the third-party candidate on the state's presidential ballot. Nader needs 10,000 signatures from registered voters by Monday to make the ballot. [Page 1b]

SPORTS

Record crowd greets Ravens

The Ravens opened training camp at McDaniel College before a record crowd of 6,783. [Page 1c]

Yankees slip past O's, 2-1

Daniel Cabrera allowed two runs in 6 1/3 innings but was out-dueled by Kevin Brown in the host Yankees' 2-1 win over the Orioles. [Page 1c]

Tyson knocked out in 4th

Mike Tyson was knocked out in the fourth round by Danny Williams in a shocking end to the latest comeback of the fighter who once was the most feared heavyweight of his era. [Page 1c]

BUSINESS

Economic growth falters

The U.S. economy slammed on the brakes in the spring, growing at an annual rate of just 3 percent, largely because of a sharp drop in consumer spending, the U.S. Department of Commerce said yesterday. [Page 1a]

Balloon remains grounded

The investigation into the tethered balloon mishap that stranded 16 passengers aloft over Baltimore's Inner Harbor for nearly two hours this month is now expected to take as much as 60 days or longer, increasing the likelihood that the attraction will not fly again this season. [Page 8c]

Constellation earnings up 32%

Constellation Energy Group Inc. reported yesterday a 32 percent jump in net income in the second quarter, as the Baltimore-based energy company signed on new customers in the wholesale and retail electric markets. Constellation is the parent of Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. [Page 8c]

TODAY

Scrabble Sammy heads to La.

This weekend, 38-year-old Scrabble player Sammy Okosagah of Baltimore - ranked as high as No. 2 in the United States - heads to the National Scrabble Championship in New Orleans. The winner will go home with $25,000 and a guest spot on ESPN. [Page 1d]

Pageant talent goes off-screen

ABC announced yesterday that it would strip the talent portion of its Miss America contest from the Sept. 18 telecast as it shrinks the program from three hours to two. The pageant was watched by an all-time low of 10.3 million people last year. [Page 2d]

TODAY ONLINE

RAVENS ROOST

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