Sun News Digest

August 02, 2004

NATIONAL

Terror alert level raisedU.S. officials raised the terror alert level in Washington and called for heightened security in New York yesterday after specific and alarming intelligence revealed that al-Qaida may be planning an attack on the headquarters of the International Monetary Fund or the World Bank or buildings in New York and northern New Jersey. [Page 1A]

Poll finds little bounce for Kerry

The Democratic nominee has gained credibility as a leader, according to polling conducted after last week's Boston convention. However, John Kerry's post-convention bump is looking more like a blip. [Page 1A]

Bush to implement 9/11 reforms

President Bush will issue orders as early as today to implement some reforms suggested by the Sept. 11 commission, but White House officials still are wrangling over the best way to create a new national intelligence czar. [Page 3A]

Tropical storm headed for N.C.

As the first named system of the Atlantic hurricane season developed into Tropical Storm Alex yesterday, forecasters were predicting that the storm would make landfall in North Carolina. [Page 3A]

WORLD

Explosions rock Iraqi churches

A series of explosions targeted five churches in Baghdad and Mosul, killing 11 people and wounding dozens in the first major assault on Iraq's Christian minority since the insurgency began. [Page 7A]

Deadly fire in Paraguay

At least 256 were reported killed and dozens injured yesterday in a fire at a supermarket on the outskirts of Paraguay's capital. A police commander said an explosion was reportedly heard before the fire swept through the multilevel complex, which included the market, a food court and a parking garage. [Page 7A]

MEDICINE & SCIENCE

Caught in a web of research

Taking a cue from the comic-book superhero, some researchers have developed web-slinging weapons packing synthetic nets. The U.S. Coast Guard is working on a helicopter-deployed device capable of snaring criminals and terrorists on the high seas. Others scientists are trying to unravel the molecular secrets of spider silk itself. [Page 8A]

MARYLAND

Copeland to testify in schools case

Baltimore schools chief Bonnie S. Copeland is expected to take the witness stand in federal court tomorrow, where she likely will face intense questioning in two longstanding lawsuits over the school system's academic and funding problems. [Page 1A]

Fort Carroll is for the birds

Despite attempts over the decades to develop it, long-abandoned Fort Carroll remains overrun by trees, vines and weeds on an artificial island just south of the Francis Scott Key Memorial Bridge. Given the presence of hundreds of sea gulls, egrets and herons protected by environmental laws, it's likely to remain that way. [Page 1B]

Rain rolls into August

The first day of August brought no relief from the rain Central Maryland endured last month, as showers and thunderstorms - at times torrential - swept the region yesterday. High water forced the closure of several Carroll County roads. [Page 2B]

SPORTS

O's sink to season low

The Yankees scored nine runs in the fourth and fifth innings, then held off the Orioles, 9-7. After winning the series opener Thursday, the Orioles dropped the final three games and sank to a season-low 11 games under .500, at 46-57. [Page 1D]

Singh wins Buick Open

Vijay Singh outlasted John Daly with a 5-under 67 to win the Buick Open for his fourth victory of the year. Daly finished a stroke back and Tiger Woods two shots back.[Page 1D]

Owens ready to tackle Lewis

Wide receiver Terrell Owens, who tried to have a trade to the Ravens nullified before he was dealt to the Eagles, said he won't try to avoid linebacker Ray Lewis when Philadelphia plays the Ravens. [Page 1D]

TODAY

Mechanic Theatre lease expires

Baltimore's Mechanic Theatre is dark and its fate is in doubt as Clear Channel Entertainment lets its lease and operating agreement expire less than six months after opening the Hippodrome at the $63 million France-Merrick Performing Arts Center. The Mechanic opened in 1967. [Page 1C]

Chrysler rides on hip trend

Chrysler says its 300C sedan was designed to evoke memories of Sunday afternoon drives to grandmother's house. Instead, it has found a place in hip-hop videos and the driveways of rappers like Snoop Dogg. In turn, hip young buyers have made the car a smash hit. [Page 1C]

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"We just cleaned house. To tar the current people with the feathers of the former administration is just not the way to treat [them]." Baltimore school board member Samuel Stringfield, responding to criticism of the system now led by schools chief Bonnie S. Copeland. (Article, Page 1A)

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