Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

June 30, 2005

NATIONAL

Intelligence changes approvedPresident Bush implemented measures yesterday designed to strengthen the hand of National Intelligence Director John Negroponte and establish a domestic intelligence service in the FBI. The changes were announced by administration officials. [Page 1a]

N.Y. tower plan unveiled

New York officials unveiled yesterday a new plan for the Freedom Tower at Ground Zero, saying that the 1,776-foot-tall skyscraper had been redesigned to meet security concerns and would be even more elegant than originally envisioned. [Page 3a]

Panel studies radiation safety

There is virtually no dose of radiation that is totally safe, but low levels like those used for most types of medical diagnosis produce little increased risk, a government panel said yesterday. [Page 4a]

WORLD

17 feared dead in copter crash

U.S. military officials said yesterday that they feared all 17 Americans aboard a transport helicopter downed in a remote location in Afghanistan were dead. The casualties come at a time of growing insecurity in the country. [Page 1a]

Jewish settlers, soldiers scuffle

Jewish settlers scuffled with Israeli soldiers in the Gaza Strip yesterday as Israel prepares to uproot 21 Jewish settlements there. [Page 10a]

MARYLAND

Plans aim at improving schools

The staffs at three Baltimore schools are being forced to re-apply for their jobs as part of plans by state and city educators to reverse years of low student performance. In a separate court order this week, a federal judge is moving to order more state control over the city school system's special education system. [Page 1a]

County prosecutor is leaving

Sandra A. O'Connor, who in her three decades as Baltimore County's top prosecutor gained both support and criticism for her unflinching pursuit of death sentences for convicted killers, said yesterday that she will step down when her term ends next year. [Page 1a]

City seeks to sue Central Booking

Baltimore City sought to join a lawsuit against the Central Booking and Intake Center, accusing the state of mismanaging the crowded facility and hampering police efforts to reduce crime. In a court motion filed yesterday, city lawyers blamed the state for the long-standing problems. [Page 1b]

SPORTS

Federer advances at Wimbledon

Roger Federer defeated Chile's Fernando Gonzalez in a Wimbledon quarterfinal, 7-5, 6-2, 7-6 (2). The victory, Federer's 34th in a row on grass, sent him into the semifinals tomorrow against Lleyton Hewitt. [Page 3c]

Ravens' Suggs acquitted

Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs was acquitted of an assault charge from a playground altercation in Arizona. The linebacker was acquitted of one count of aggravated assault by a Superior Court jury. [Page 3c]

Sheffield wants no trade

New York Yankees manager Joe Torre said that the team rejected a trade with the New York Mets involving outfielder Gary Sheffield. The outfielder said he has become accustomed to playing with the Yankees and he doesn't want to drive to any ballpark but Yankee Stadium. [Page 5c]

BUSINESS

Venter to launch company

J. Craig Venter -- whose celebrated work in genomics has led him to be compared to Charles Darwin and Dr. Frankenstein -- is at it again. He announced plans yesterday to launch a company with Nobel Prize winner and longtime friend, Hamilton O. Smith, called Synthetic Genomics Inc. The Rockville business would focus on engineering life. [Page 1a]

SEC affirms mutual funds rule

The Securities and Exchange Commission narrowly voted yesterday to affirm a rule requiring mutual funds to retain independent chairmen and increase the number of independent directors for their funds. Outgoing SEC Chairman William H. Donaldson, whose resignation takes effect today, championed the move as a preventative measure against the mutual fund abuses and scandals that have rocked the industry. [Page 1d]

Renovating Reservoir Hill

City officials will announce plans today to renovate dozens of vacant or rundown city-owned properties in Reservoir Hill for mixed-income housing. [Page 1d]

TODAY

Backstreet Boy pleads guilty

Backstreet Boys singer Nick Carter was ordered into a three-month alcohol treatment program after pleading guilty to drunken driving. Carter, 25, entered the plea Tuesday in Orange County Superior Court in California. The judge also ordered him to pay $1,200 in fines, placed him on three years' informal probation and restricted his driving privileges for 90 days, said Deputy District Attorney Tate McCallister. [Page 2e]

West tops BET awards

Producer-rapper Kanye West was the big winner at Tuesday night's BET Awards, earning trophies for male hip-hop artist and video of the year for his "Jesus Walks." [Page 4e]

TODAY ONLINE

SCHOOL SHAKE UPS

The state board of education approves a plan to replace the entire staffs at four city schools, while a federal judge orders the city schools to show why the state shouldn't take over its special education program and much of the operation of the rest of the district. Read these stories and find archived schools coverage at www.baltimoresun.com/education

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QUOTE OF THE DAY

"That's a good one ... If you don't believe, you won't accomplish anything."

Orioles' first baseman Rafael Palmeiro, on the "Believe" signs fans hold up during games at Camden Yards (Article, Page 1E)

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