Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

August 13, 2004

NATIONAL

Calif. voids gay marriages

The California Supreme Court yesterday voided the nearly 4,000 same-sex marriages sanctioned in San Francisco this year and ruled unanimously that the mayor overstepped his authority by issuing licenses to gay and lesbian couples. [Page 1A]

N.J. governor resigns

New Jersey Gov. James E. McGreevey announced his resignation yesterday and acknowledged that he had an extramarital affair with another man. "My truth is that I am a gay American," he said at a nationally televised news conference.[Page 1A]

Florida braces for Charley

Officials warned an estimated 800,000 residents and tourists in the projected path of Hurricane Charley to leave yesterday, saying parts of Tampa's downtown and neighboring areas could be submerged by a massive storm surge when it strikes Florida's central gulf coast. [Page 1A]

WORLD

Battle in Najaf

American forces in Najaf stormed the empty home of a radical Shiite cleric while sealing off the Iraqi holy city's vast cemetery, its old city and a revered Shiite shrine in fighting yesterday.[Page 1A]

Chavez opponents protest

Tens of thousands of Venezuelans opposed to President Hugo Chavez marched through Caracas yesterday ahead of a weekend referendum on Chavez's rule. [Page 11A]

MARYLAND

Jury finds Chapman guilty

Investment banker Nathan A. Chapman Jr., who once moved in Maryland's highest political circles, was convicted in federal court yesterday on 23 counts of fraud and filing false tax returns. [Page 1A]

Waldorf man killed in Iraq

A mortar attack in Iraq killed a 49-year-old Waldorf man who worked as a civilian employee of the Air Force. Rick A. Ulbright died of wounds he suffered Aug. 8. He administered polygraph tests for an investigative unit. [Page 1B]

TODAY

Covering an Olympic act of terror

An act of terror at the 1972 Munich Games "changed the Olympics entirely," said broadcaster Jim McKay, who covered the Sept. 5, 1972 attack against Israeli athletes. Today, as the Athens Olympics opens under the tightest security in Games history, it is clear he is right. [Page 1C]

Clooney coming to city near you

The watch is on: Hollywood star George Clooney will be hitting Baltimore sometime in the next week or two, shooting scenes for Syriana, a spy thriller. [Page 1C]

BUSINESS

Signs of economic recovery

Retail sales rebounded last month to a $336.5 billion annual rate. The number of laid-off workers filing new claims for unemployment benefits fell last week to the smallest total in five weeks, and business inventories posted their biggest increase in four years in June as economists expressed hope that the reports should relieve worries about the economic recovery. [Page 1D]

Cruise ship terminal urged

Energized by news that the popular Carnival Cruise Lines will not sail from Baltimore's port next year, a group of business and tourism leaders say they'll push the governor to fund a modern cruise ship terminal before more ships slip away. [Page 1D]

SPORTS

Let the Games in Athens begin

Seven years since they were awarded the 2004 Summer Olympics, but only four years since they began seriously to prepare for them, Greek organizers were finally able to say yesterday that they will be ready for the Games. The opening ceremony is scheduled for today. [Page 1A]

J. Lewis trial set; Ravens win

On a day when the Ravens learned that All-Pro Jamal Lewis' drug conspiracy trial will start Nov. 1, in the middle of the NFL season, they won their preseason opener by routing the Falcons, 24-0, at M&T Bank Stadium. [Page 1E]

TODAY ONLINE

SUMMER GAMES

The Summer Olympic Games in Athens officially open today. Check out the special section in today's paper, and go online for archived stories and multimedia on Michael Phelps and other local athletes going for gold. www.baltimoresun.com/olympics

STORMY WEATHER

How will the approaching storms affect your weekend plans? Get the latest forecast at www.baltimoresun.com/weather

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"In fairness, this was something that was truly unprecedented. People are never prepared. Our imaginations, I guess, just aren't big enough to encompass something like this happening."

Broadcaster Jim McKay on the terrorist attack at the 1972 Munich Olympics that caught German authorities completely off-guard (Article, Page 1C)

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