Sun News Digest


July 10, 2005


Civil rights a court priority

NAACP officials said yesterday at their annual convention that the next Supreme Court justice must be an advocate for civil rights, and they are pressuring lawmakers to ensure nominees are committed to those issues. [Page 3a]

Dennis heads to Gulf Coast

Hurricane Dennis is threatening the Gulf Coast, after knocking out power in the Florida Keys and killing 20 people in Cuba and Haiti. Landfall along the coast of the Florida Panhandle, Alabama or Mississippi is expected today. [Page 6a]


Police revise bombs' timing

As survivors recounted the terrifying moments after Thursday's attacks, London police said yesterday that the three subway bombs detonated nearly simultaneously and not nearly a half-hour apart, as originally thought. The death toll is expected to rise above 50 when more bodies are removed. [Page 1a]

N. Korea to return to talks

North Koreans announced yesterday that they would return to six-nation talks over the country's nuclear weapons ambitions. The announcement - confirmed by the White House - said that talks were expected to resume the week of July 25. [Page 1a]


Security lapses found at port

The port of Baltimore - the nation's eighth largest - suffers from significant security shortcomings, including gaps in fences, unattended gates, alarms and camera systems that don't work, and insufficient police patrols on land and sea, according to interviews with port police officers, eyewitness inspections and state documents. [Page 1a]

Raynor looks to retake his job

A familiar figure has emerged as a leading contender to take charge of Baltimore's elections - one with close ties to Comptroller William Donald Schaefer and frequent criticism of Mayor Martin O'Malley. Gene M. Raynor, who was replaced in 1987 as administrator of the Baltimore Board of Elections by Barbara E. Jackson, is seeking to succeed her. [Page 1b]

State, Towson may trade roads

Baltimore County and the state are talking about swapping ownership of the county-owned Towson bypass and the part of state Route 45 - York Road - that runs through the heart of Towson. The trade would allow the county to add York Road parking and make pedestrian-friendly changes to reduce and slow traffic. [Page 1b]


Palmeiro, Tejada lead O's win

Rafael Palmeiro homered, drove in six runs and moved within three hits of 3,000 for his career, and Miguel Tejada went 5-for-5 as the Orioles beat the Boston Red Sox, 9-1. The Orioles, who moved back into second place in the American League East, also were aided by a sensational catch by center fielder Luis Matos. [Page 1e]

Phillies edge Nationals, 1-0

David Bell's sacrifice fly off Hector Carrasco in the ninth inning broke a rare pitcher's duel at Citizens Bank Park and lifted the Phillies to a 1-0 win over the Washington Nationals. [Page 5e]

Armstrong keeps Tour lead

Lance Armstrong kept his overall lead in the Tour de France despite what he called a bad day for his team and fierce challenges in the hardest mountain climb so far. Pieter Weening of the Rabobank team won the eighth stage in a sprint against Andreas Kloeden, last year's Tour runner-up. [Page 4e]


From boys to monks

At Wat Thai Buddhist temple in Silver Spring, adolescent boys go through an annual ritual, trading the normal video games, TV and horseplay of teenage life to spend a week living as monks - shaving their heads, fasting and meditating. It's a tradition that offers many lessons, including that even as monks, boys will be boys. [Page 1f]


Literary archaeology

Seeking out 19th-century writers George Sand and George Eliot in Paris and London, where they broke with their narrow upbringings to become important literary figures, requires detection and imagination. Time has turned their bucolic 19th-century villages into bedroom communities, country lanes into highways, pastures into shopping malls. [Page 1r]


"There was ash and black soot everywhere. Then this low-level emergency lighting came on and everyone just sort of looked at each other and said, `What the hell was that?' "

Loyita Worley, survivor of a London subway bomb (Article, Page 1A)

Tribute to a Navy hero



See an expanded gallery of photos from today's Art & Society article on the summer program where Thai-American boys spend a week in a temple to live like monks and learn to be men.


Read Sun business reporter Jamie Smith-Hopkins' answers to readers' questions about the trend of buying Baltimore homes for investments.

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