Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

July 08, 2005

LONDON ATTACKS

At least 37 dead, 700 injured

At least 37 people were killed and 700 injured yesterday in explosions on three subway cars and one bus during morning rush hour in London. British Prime Minister Tony Blair, flanked by President Bush and other world leaders gathered for a G-8 summit in Scotland, vowed that his country would prevail over the attackers. [Page 1a]

U.S. raises alert level

The U.S. government raised the alert level for mass transit systems yesterday as national, state and local agencies scrambled to beef up security on trains, subways and buses amid concern that the bombings in London might be followed by a similar attack here. [Page 18a]

Area transit security increased

State and local officials in the Baltimore and Washington area stepped up security in the region's transportation systems. There was increased police presence and some ID checking on rail lines. [Page 15a]

Markets largely unscathed

Investors showed yesterday that they won't instinctively sell on news of a terrorist attack. Even in Europe, investors saw an opportunity to buy after a rough opening of markets, and U.S. market indexes rose. [Page 1e]

NATIONAL

Southern Fla. Keys evacuated

Officials ordered all residents and tourists to leave the southern half of the Florida Keys yesterday as Hurricane Dennis, an unusually powerful July storm, attained major status as it slogged north in warm Caribbean waters. [Page 3a]

No wrongdoing in Schiavo death

A prosecutor asked by Florida Gov. Jeb Bush to investigate Terri Schiavo's collapse 15 years ago said yesterday that there is no evidence of criminal wrongdoing. Schiavo died March 31, nearly two weeks after the severely brain-damaged woman's feeding tube was withdrawn under a court order. [Page 4a]

WORLD

Group says it killed envoy

Al-Qaida in Iraq said yesterday that it had killed Egypt's envoy days after he was abducted from a busy commercial strip in Baghdad. [Page 6a ]

MARYLAND

Ex-baggage handler sentenced

A former baggage handler at Baltimore-Washington International Airport admitted yesterday to stealing CDs, cameras and other items from the luggage of travelers - many of them soldiers serving overseas - and received a sentence in excess of state guidelines. Shaka Nesta Watson, 20, was ordered to serve two years in prison. [Page 1b]

Leaders dislike part of base plan

Maryland leaders, who support the Pentagon's military base relocation plan, which would bring thousands of jobs to the Baltimore area, intend to sound off today at a base-closing commission meeting in Towson about the part of the proposal that would move planes and take jobs from the Air National Guard base at Martin State Airport in Middle River. [Page 1b]

Duncan questions hotel proposal

Montgomery County Executive Douglas M. Duncan visited Baltimore yesterday and sharply questioned the public financing plan for the city's proposed convention hotel. Duncan's meeting with the Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance comes as part of an attempt to court constituents on the turf of his chief Democratic gubernatorial rival, Mayor Martin O'Malley. [Page 1b]

TODAY

Movie delivers rare fun

It has been a season of gloom for Hollywood's superheroes, with the brooding Batman Begins only the latest downer. It is great relief, then, that the film Fantastic Four (opening today) delivers genuine comic-book action and real fun, reports critic Michael Sragow. [Page 1d]

Jolie adopts second child

Angelina Jolie has adopted her second child, an orphaned 5-month-old girl from Ethiopia. Jolie, 30, has named her daughter Zahara Marley Jolie, according to People magazine. The actress' adopted son Maddox, born in Cambodia, is 3. [Page 2d]

BUSINESS

Rival to buy NeighborCare

NeighborCare Inc., a Baltimore-based pharmacy services company that started with a single drugstore 25 years ago, agrees to be sold to a leading rival, ending a takeover fight that lasted more than a year. [Page 1a]

Fund is firm's top shareholder

A Connecticut hedge fund has accumulated so much Aether Systems Inc. stock that it is now the former tech high-flier's leading shareholder. It's not clear why, but by one measure, it may have spotted an unusual bargain. [Page 1e]

SPORTS

Wie on bubble in Deere Classic

Michelle Wie, who is 15 and playing in her third PGA Tour event, shot a 1-under-par 70 that left her in a tie for 73rd in the John Deere Classic, one shot off the cutline at 2-under. The top 70 and ties advance to the weekend. Wie missed the cut in her two previous PGA events. [Page 1f]

Orioles defeat Red Sox, 3-1

Eli Marrero and Melvin Mora homered in the third inning to lead the Orioles to a rain-shortened, 3-1 victory over the Boston Red Sox at Camden Yards. Play was halted before the seventh. [Page 1f]

LONDON BOMBINGS

For developments, comprehensive reporting and expanded multimedia coverage of the London bombings, go to www.baltimoresun.com/london

MARYLAND WEATHER

For up-to-the-minute conditions, weather radar, forecasts and more, visit www.marylandweather.com

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"You single-handedly disrupted the lives of many in the military at a time when they are the most vulnerable."

Anne Arundel County Circuit Judge Michele D. Jaklitsch at the sentencing of a baggage handler who admitted stealing from the luggage of travelers, including soldiers serving overseas. (Article, Page 1B)

MARKETS

DOW -- UP

+31.61

10,302.29

NASDAQ -- UP

+7.01

2,075.66

S&P -- UP

+2.93

1,197.87

SUNINDEX -- UP

+1.63

317.23

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