Sun News Digest


August 08, 2004


NSA changes, but not at the top

The survival of Lt. Gen. Michael V. Hayden as director of the National Security Agency in the unforgiving post-Sept. 11 intelligence world may reflect his ability to turn around the agency in an era of rapidly shifting threats. [Page 1a]

Judge to rule on witnesses

Prosecutors asked a military judge yesterday to reject efforts by the defense to call high-ranking Bush administration officials and military leaders as witnesses as the first phase of a pretrial hearing in the Iraqi prisoner scandal came to a close. [Page 3a]


Cultural clash in Greece

While Athens, under the Olympics' spotlight, seeks to shine as a modern world capital, people in outlying Greek villages are trying to balance their traditional ways with their country's drive toward modernity. [Page 1a]

Nuclear programs advancing

Concern is growing among U.S. intelligence officials and outside nuclear experts that U.S., European and Asian diplomatic efforts have failed to slow Iranian and North Korean nuclear weapons programs, and that the two countries' programs have made significant progress. [Page 1a]


Dolphin's death under review

The death of a 4-month-old female dolphin, who was roughed up by a pair of older male dolphins at the National Aquarium in Baltimore, has forced the famous tourist attraction to make changes. For starters, nursing dolphin pairs will be segregated from male animals. [Page 1b]

Clinic proposals debated

Baltimore City Council is considering two bills that would allow drug treatment clinics and group homes to open without public approval. Mayor Martin O'Malley's administration supports the measures but some communities fear their neighborhoods will be jeopardized. [Page 1b]


Orioles win fifth straight

With Rodrigo Lopez throwing a two-hit shutout over 6 2/3 innings, the Orioles earned their fifth straight victory, 3-1, over the Texas Rangers, to match their longest winning streak of the season. Former Oriole Scott Erickson allowed three runs and 10 hits over 5 2/3 innings at Camden Yards in his debut with Texas. [Page 1d]

Maddux wins 300th game

Greg Maddux overcame a shaky start to become the 22nd major league pitcher to reach 300 victories, leading the visiting Chicago Cubs over the San Francisco Giants, 8-4. The Cubs rallied from a three-run deficit, and Maddux left in the sixth inning with a 6-3 lead, no outs and two runners on. [Page 1d]

Hambletonian goes to Legacy

Windsong's Legacy's win in the $1 million Hambletonian, harness racing's biggest trotting event, produced a $25,000 payday for the American Cancer Society. Before the race, the owners of Windsong's Legacy promised to donate 5 percent of their earnings to the charity. [Page 12d]


Target opens clinics here

Target Corp., the nation's second-largest retailer, has a half-dozen emergency health clinics at stores in its home state of Minnesota. It plans to open eight more in the Baltimore region in the next two months. Staffed by nurse practitioners and with an assurance that patients are in and out within 15 minutes, the clinics stress convenience and dispatch. [Page 1a]


Addicted to hard copy

The dream of the paperless society in the digital age remains just that. Changes in laws concerning record keeping, along with a reluctance to give up paper copies of documents, are boosting the fortunes of the archival industry. [Page 5e]

Artistic remedy for cities

Richard Florida is making a name for himself around the world with his unorthodox views on urban development. But some say his championing of the "creative class" as the solution to cities' woes does not hold up to scrutiny. [Page 6e]


"I've been accused of undermining the American family, advocating for gay-lesbian issues and calling for the end of Judeo-Christian civilization. I just hope to God it lands me on `Oprah' some day."

Urban planner Richard Florida (Article, Page 6E)



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