Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

June 29, 2005

NATIONAL

Bush links Iraq war, securityPresident Bush told a nation skeptical about the Iraq war that America's sacrifice is worth it and vital to the security of the country. The president evoked memories of the Sept. 11 attacks last night in an effort to rebuild support for his policy. [Page 1a]

Court to revisit abortion protests

A marathon legal fight over protests outside abortion clinics will return to the Supreme Court for a third time, with the justices agreeing to revisit whether federal racketeering and extortion laws can be used to stop blockades outside clinic entrances. [Page 3a]

Senate approves energy bill

The Senate approved a sweeping overhaul of the nation's energy policy that would provide $18 billion in tax breaks over the next decade aimed at encouraging energy efficiency and the development of renewable fuels. [Page 3a]

WORLD

Celebrating Battle of Trafalgar

Britain led an international celebration of the 200th anniversary of its spectacular naval victory over the French and Spanish navies in the Battle of Trafalgar - but took extra steps to avoid the appearance of gloating. [Page 1a]

Shiite lawmaker killed in Iraq

A car bomber killed a Shiite member of Iraq's parliament as he was heading to a National Assembly meeting on the first anniversary of the transfer of power to Iraqi authorities. [Page 10a]

MARYLAND

Accused 13-year-old has record

A 13-year-old boy accused of murder in a weekend dispute has a juvenile record that includes at least seven arrests in the past two years - charges that include assault. Baltimore prosecutors are considering charging the boy as an adult with murder. [Page 1a]

Duncan increases visibility

Montgomery County Executive Douglas M. Duncan, Baltimore Mayor O'Malley and Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr., the three most prominent figures in the 2006 gubernatorial race, converged on Ocean City at the annual Maryland Municipal League conference. But Duncan was most visible, amid three days of planned campaign events on the Eastern Shore. [Page 1b]

NFL players hosted Arundel party

The party at a Gambrills mansion that ended with a shooting was being hosted by Washington Redskins linebacker LaVar Arrington and another NFL player, Anne Arundel County police said yesterday. Police said neither Arrington nor San Francisco 49ers linebacker Julian Peterson, the co-host, was involved in the shooting early Sunday. [Page 1b]

TODAY

Cruise in dour 'War of Worlds'

In War of the Worlds, which opens in theaters today, Tom Cruise plays a divorced New Jersey dock worker. The film begins as a cheeky, brisk and scary movie, with a welcome audacity at mixing sci-fi fantasy and real-life catastrophes like 9/11, and then becomes a bludgeoning trip toward redemption. [Page 1c]

Civil War historian Foote dies

Novelist and historian Shelby Foote, 88, whose Southern storyteller's touch inspired millions to read his multivolume work on the Civil War, has died. Foote is best remembered for his three-volume, 3,000-page history of the Civil War and his appearance on the PBS series The Civil War. [Page 1c]

BUSINESS

Student loan rates to jump

Tens of thousands of borrowers are rushing to roll old loans into new ones to lock in lower interest rates for federal student loans. The loans are set to jump nearly 2 percentage points - the first increase in five years and the largest in more than two decades. [Page 1a]

Scrushy cleared on all charges

Jurors acquitted HealthSouth Corp. founder Richard Scrushy yesterday of all charges. The case against Scrushy involved a $2.7 billion earnings overstatement at the rehabilitation and medical services chain he created and ran. [Page 1a]

Westport lot under contract

A developer who envisions transforming Westport's industrial shoreline into a mixed-use development has signed a contract on a key waterfront property that would give him control of more than half of a 50-acre swath at the heart of a proposed Middle Branch urban renewal plan. [Page 1d]

SPORTS

Orioles end six-game skid

Brian Roberts homered on Mike Stanton's first pitch in the 10th inning and Rafael Palmeiro hit a milestone shot for the Orioles, who broke a six-game skid by beating the New York Yankees, 5-4. Palmeiro hit his 563rd homer to tie Reggie Jackson for ninth place on the all-time list. [Page 1e]

Bogut selected No. 1

Andrew Bogut, who played two seasons at Utah, was chosen first in the NBA draft by the Milwaukee Bucks. The 7-footer from Australia became the first player in five years with U.S. college experience to be drafted No. 1 overall. [Page 3e]

Wimbledon semifinals set

Defending Wimbledon champion Maria Sharapova returned to the semifinals by defeating fellow Russian Nadia Petrova, 7-6 (6), 6-3. Sharapova will face Venus Williams tomorrow, while Lindsay Davenport plays Amelie Mauresmo in the other semifinal. [Page 3e]

TODAY ONLINE

BUSH ON IRAQ

Read the full text of President George W. Bush's address to the nation about the war in Iraq at www.baltimoresun.com/bushspeech

OLDER WORKERS IN DEMAND

Watch a video of Sun reporter Blanca Torres talking about her Working section story about how some employers are reaching out to older job seekers. www.baltimoresun.com/older

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"This book regulates the life of Jews. To ban this book means to ban Judaism in Russia."

Rabbi Zinovy L. Kogan, defending a Russian translation of a 19th-century book of rules governing Jewish life that Russian officials are considering banning (Article, Page 13A)

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