Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

July 07, 2005

NATION

Bush picks new NSA director

President Bush has selected Lt. Gen. Keith B. Alexander, the Army's intelligence chief, as the new director of the National Security Agency at Fort Meade. [Page 1a]

President lashes out at groups

President Bush accused interest groups of exploiting the fight over the next Supreme Court justice to raise money and lashed out at them yesterday for criticizing Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales, who conservatives say is too moderate for the court. [Page 1a]

Arguing to keep bases open

The Base Realignment and Closure Commission listened as delegates from military bases across New England argued that their installations should not be closed. A similar meeting will be held tomorrow morning in Baltimore. [Page 4a]

WORLD

London to host 2012 Olympics

London erupted into a euphoric celebration after the International Olympic Committee announced that the city would be host to the 2012 Olympic Games, beating out favored Paris by a 54-50 vote. [Page 1a]

Some progress on HIV in Africa

Africa's monumental struggle with poverty and HIV appear to extend far beyond what financial aid from industrialized nations can alleviate. Yet in some areas, progress is being made. [Page 1a]

G-8 leaders assemble

As leaders of the world's wealthiest industrialized nations assembled yesterday for their summit at the Gleneagles resort in Scotland and police scuffled with protesters, British Prime Minister Tony Blair tried to lower expectations for breakthroughs on global warming and aid to Africa. [Page 13a]

MARYLAND

Ex-professor pleads guilty

Retired Loyola College professor Donald B. Hofler pleaded guilty yesteday to murder in the April 2004 shooting deaths of his estranged wife and stepson in York County, Pa. Hofler, 71, faces a maximum prison term of 40 to 80 years for killing Rita Hofler, a 48-year-old Harford County school teacher, and her son, 17-year-old Kevin Gehring. [Page 1b]

New warden at Central Booking

State corrections officials announced yesterday that they have appointed a new warden at Baltimore's Central Booking and Intake Center and said they have put in place several improvements at the facility. The announcement came as the Baltimore City Council held a sharply critical public hearing on the state-run facility. [Page 1b]

Seeking to stop USNA prayer

The Anti-Defamation League, arguing that the lunchtime prayer at the U.S. Naval Academy violates the separation of church and state, says it will ask Congress and the secretary of the Navy to stop the practice. [Page 1a]

TODAY

Bringing heroes to big screen

Barbershop director Tim Story's affection for Marvel Comics' misfit superheroes, as well as a proven sense of humor, earned him the job behind the camera on The Fantastic Four, which opens Friday. [Page 1c]

Lil' Kim sentenced to prison

Tearful rapper Lil' Kim was sentenced yesterday to one year and one day behind bars for lying to a grand jury to protect friends involved in a 2001 shooting in New York City. Also yesterday, a mistrial was declared in the wrongful-death lawsuit filed by the family of the Notorious B.I.G., once Lil' Kim's lover, against the city of Los Angeles. [Page 4c]

SPORTS

Armstrong retains Tour lead

Lance Armstrong retained the overall lead in the Tour de France when he cruised to a safe finish in the fifth stage, won by Robbie McEwen of Australia. The six-time Tour winner started the day opting not to wear the leader's yellow jersey, noting "respect" for fellow American David Zabriskie, a Team CSC rider who fell in a crash in the final moments of Tuesday's race. But race officials stopped everybody before the starting line and asked Armstrong to wear it. [Page 1d]

Nats, Hernandez fall to Mets

Tom Glavine overcame a rocky outing for his third straight win, and the New York Mets ended Livan Hernandez's 2 1/2 -month winning streak with a 5-3 victory over the Washington Nationals. [Page 5d]

BUSINESS

$70 million plans for Rotunda

A developer who is buying the Rotunda shopping center is planning a $70 million redevelopment that would include 300 to 500 luxury apartments and add up to 200,000 square feet of shops and restaurants at the North Baltimore site while preserving the center's landmark brick building. [Page 1e]

Diet soda without the `diet'

After nearly half a century of trying, formulating the perfect diet soda is still a work in progress. The latest effort is Coca-Cola Co.'s launch of Coca-Cola Zero, but the company is strenuously avoiding calling the product a "diet" soda. [Page 1e]

Iacocca returns as pitchman

With Chrysler under pressure to sell more cars in the wake of General Motors' success with its new discount program, former Chairman and CEO Lee Iacocca, 81, is returning as a pitchman for the automaker, which is even bringing back his old tag line: If you can find a better car, buy it. [Page 1e]

TODAY ONLINE

CENTRAL BOOKING HEARING

The Baltimore City Council met yesterday evening to discuss the woes of the state-run Central Booking and Intake Center. Read about the hearing and find archived coverage of the facility's problems at www.baltimoresun.com/booking

CITY HOME SALES Q & A

Read business reporter Jamie Smith Hopkins' answers to readers' questions about home sales in Baltimore city. www.baltimoresun.com/homesqa

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"I have worked hard my entire life for everything I have, everything I have accomplished. I ask you to consider my entire life's work and not just the days in the grand jury and on the witness stand in the courtroom. I'm a God-fearing, good person."

Rapper Lil' Kim, before her sentencing for lying to a grand jury (Article, Page 4C)

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