Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

July 01, 2005

NATIONAL

`Time' to ID White House source

Under pressure from a judge and a special prosecutor, and a threat of jail for a veteran reporter, Time magazine announced yesterday that it would identify who in the White House leaked the name of a covert CIA agent. [Page 1a]

Discovery launch date set

NASA managers decided yesterday that space shuttle Discovery is ready to fly and set July 13 as the launch date. [Page 3a]

House counters court ruling

Angry over a recent Supreme Court decision, the House yesterday began a legislative drive to roll back the power of local governments to seize homes and other private property for economic-development projects. [Page 9a]

WORLD

Ex-hostages point to Iran leader

The White House wants the Iranian government to clarify the role of President-elect Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in the 1979 hostage-taking at the U.S. Embassy in Tehran after several former hostages claimed he was one of their captors. Iranian officials have denied Ahmadinejad was a participant in the ordeal. [Page 10a]

$1.2 billion malaria program

President Bush proposed a $1.2 billion plan yesterday to fight malaria in Africa and promised to double U.S. aid to the continent over the next five years. [Page 10a]

MARYLAND

Harborplace turns 25

Baltimore's Harborplace celebrates its 25th anniversary this weekend. The signature showplace transformed the city's downtown, turning it into a showplace for tourists and spreading development along the waterfront. Almost since its inception, Harborplace has been a symbol of Baltimore's potential. [Page 1a]

Doctor sentenced for Ecstacy

A federal judge sentenced former Towson diet doctor Robert M. Keenan to seven years in prison for conspiring to cook up the drug Ecstasy, rejecting prosecutors' call for a much harsher punishment of three decades behind bars and a $2 million fine. [Page 1b]

Cardin top fund-raiser

Rep. Benjamin L. Cardin has raised more than $1 million since entering the race to replace retiring Sen. Paul S. Sarbanes, his campaign announced yesterday, more than anyone else running or considering joining the campaign. Kweisi Mfume, the only other formal candidate for the Democratic nomination, said his campaign had raised $150,000 during the three-month fund-raising period. [Page 1b]

TODAY

Rocking for a cause

Twenty years ago, a lesser-known British musician and activist named Bob Geldof organized a rock concert to benefit millions of people starving in Africa. The concert raised $140 million and caused an international buzz. Geldof wants to do it again tomorrow with concerts held around the globe to sway political leaders who are meeting next week at the G8 summit. [Page 1a]

Satisfaction guaranteed

The AMC theater chain, faced with an underperforming film that its top brass thinks deserves better, is offering a money-back guarantee on Cinderella Man, director Ron Howard's take on the underdog career of Depression-era boxer James J. Braddock. Come see the film at our theaters, newspaper ads promise, and if you don't like it, we'll give you your money back. [Page 1c]

Affleck, pregnant Garner wed

Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner have tied the knot at a resort in the Caribbean islands of Turks and Caicos - and she's pregnant. Representatives for both actors confirmed the marriage to the Associated Press yesterday as well as the news that Garner is pregnant with her first child. [Page 2c]

BUSINESS

MBNA to be acquired

Bank of America Corp. will acquire MBNA Corp., the credit card giant that traces its roots to the Baltimore area, in a $35 billion cash and stock deal that will result in 6,000 job cuts nationwide. [Page 1a]

McCormick profits flat

McCormick & Co. reported yesterday that its profits were essentially flat compared with a year ago and it lowered its earnings projections for the rest of the year, blaming unfavorable moves in foreign currency rates and slipping sales to its industrial customers. [Page 1e]

Airline safety for pets

Beginning next week, the Safe Air Travel for Animals Act will require the first public reports from airlines on pets that are lost, injured or killed on their planes so passengers can make informed decisions about booking travel with four-legged companions. [Page 1e]

SPORTS

Indians rout Orioles, 9-3

Rookie pitcher Hayden Penn was roughed up for the second consecutive start, allowing five runs in 3 2/3 innings as the Orioles were beaten, 9-3, by the Cleveland Indians at Camden Yards. It was the Orioles' seventh loss in eight games and dropped them 2 1/2 games out of first place in the AL East. [Page 1f)

V. Williams defeats Sharapova

Venus Williams upset defending champion Maria Sharapova, 7-6 (2), 6-1, to reach the Wimbledon women's final, which will be her first appearance in a major tournament title match since 2003. The other women's semifinal was suspended by rain with Lindsay Davenport four points from victory. [Page 1f]

Cordero gets save; Nats win

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