Sun News Digest


July 09, 2005


London death toll at least 50

London authorities raised the official death toll from Thursday's bombings to at least 50 people. Police said an unknown number of bodies still were in a subway car in a tunnel made unsafe to enter by the bomb damage. [Page 1a]

Resolve shown by Londoners

Londoners returned to the streets, the bus routes and the subway lines yesterday in calm defiance of Thursday's attacks. Many recalled the World War II blitz attacks and IRA bombings as sources of resolve. [Page 1a]


Dennis hits Cuba, heads for Fla.

Hurricane Dennis pounded Cuba with 135 mph winds, killing at least 10 people, as it barreled northwest toward the Florida Keys and the Gulf Coast. Thousands of tourists and residents fled Key West and the Panhandle as Floridians braced for one of the strongest storms to strike so early. [Page 3a]

Gays, lesbians sue over policy

Twelve gays and lesbians brought suit against the federal government seeking to overturn the "don't ask, don't tell" policy that bars homosexuals from openly serving in the military. [Page 4a]

Speculation at the Supreme Court

The Supreme Court was alive with retirement speculation yesterday, with rumors focusing on the ailing chief justice, the oldest member and the tiniest justice. The buzz came a week after Justice Sandra Day O'Connor's decision to step down, giving the court its first vacancy in more than a decade. [Page 5a]


Trial in killing of children opens

A prosecutor in the trial of two men charged with killing three children last year in Northwest Baltimore told jurors the men, who are related, left behind a trail of blood that includes two pairs of blue jeans. Defense attorneys said police zeroed in on their clients because of pressure to solve the killings. [Page 1a]

School employee pleads guilty

A longtime school employee pleaded guilty to defrauding the city school system of more than $4 million over 13 years by conspiring with contractors to fabricate invoices and overcharge for maintenance services. [Page 1b]

N.J. officials fight for military jobs

Fighting the proposed relocation of military jobs to Maryland, officials from New Jersey appeared before a commission in Towson and said the move would cost taxpayers billions, endanger troops in Iraq and lead to a brain drain as workers refuse to move south. Marylanders defended the plan. [Page 1b]


Orioles lose, fall into third place

Sidney Ponson allowed five runs in 5 1/3 inning as the Orioles lost to the Boston Red Sox, 7-2, at Camden Yards. The defeat was the Orioles' 12th in their past 15 games and dropped them into third place in the American League East behind the Red Sox and New York Yankees. [Page 1c]

Baseball, softball out in 2012

Two days after New York lost in its bid to be the Olympic host in 2012, the United States was dealt another blow, as baseball and softball were dropped from those Games by the International Olympic Committee. [Page 1c]

Wie misses cut in PGA event

Michelle Wie, the 15-year-old golf phenom bidding to become the first woman in 60 years to make the cut at a PGA tournament, fell short at the John Deere Classic by shooting an even-par 71 in the second round. She missed the cut by two strokes. [Page 1c]


Legg brokers have enviable choice

Top brokers at Legg Mason Inc. are facing a seemingly enviable predicament: Change their business cards to Smith Barney and get cash and stock worth at least $1 million, or take their clients to some other brokerage for as much as twice that amount. [Page 1a]

Disney, 2 ex-directors call truce

The Walt Disney Co. and two former directors, Roy Disney and Stanley Gold, have called a truce after a bitter two-year fight that includes putting the two dissidents on Disney's board. [Page 8c]


Novelist receives cochlear implant

Ellicott City author Connie Briscoe has finished a promotional tour in the Washington area for Can't Get Enough, her fifth novel. But for the first time in a decade, she didn't need a sign-language interpreter. A cochlear implant restored her hearing. [Page 1d]


"They eliminated softball, but kept modern pentathlon? ... How many countries watch and participate in modern pentathlon?" Dr. Dot Richardson, former U.S. Olympic softball player, on the decision to drop baseball and softball in the 2012 Olympic Games (Article, Page 1C)



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