Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

July 11, 2005

NATIONAL

No rush to name court pick

The White House signaled last week that it is in no hurry to name its pick for the first Supreme Court vacancy in more than a decade, a strategic slowdown that legal and political analysts say should help President Bush to more finely shape one of his most lasting legacies. [Page 1a]

Return to space in sight

The countdown for NASA's return to space began yesterday with the planned liftoff Discovery on Wednesday, the first shuttle mission in more than two years. [Page 3a]

Missile defense tests on hold

Flight tests of the nation's missile defense system will not resume until this fall at the earliest as the military revamps the program after two failures in the past seven months, a military official says. [Page 5a]

WORLD

Kyrgyzstan election results

Acting President Kurmanbek Bakiyev, who took over the leadership of Kyrgyzstan when its president fled an uprising three months ago, was headed for an overwhelming victory in presidential elections, according to results released today. [Page 7a]

40 killed in attacks in Iraq

At least 40 people were killed and dozens wounded as militants launched a series of suicide attacks yesterday targeting Iraqi security forces, U.S. troops and civilians throughout the country. [Page 7a]

MARYLAND

Weighing hotel proposal

Advocates of a convention hotel had hoped the Baltimore City Council would vote to approve the project today, but council members instead will hold a work session to try to get a handle on the complex and increasingly controversial proposal. [Page 1b]

Progam hits housing snag

A pilot program to provide immediate housing to homeless people in Baltimore regardless of drug addiction and mental illness has hit an early and unexpected snag: a dearth of available low-income housing. [Page 1b]

SPORTS

Armstrong gives up Tour lead

Lance Armstrong surrendered his yellow jersey as leader of the Tour de France to German Jens Voigt. Denmark's Mickael Rasmussen won his first-ever Tour stage and moved up to fourth place overall. [Page 1c]

Earnhardt wins Sheetrock 400

Dale Earnhardt Jr. held off Matt Kenseth in the USG Sheetrock 400 in Joliet, Ill., to gain his first NASCAR Nextel Cup victory of the season. Kenseth wound up second after choosing to change four tires and falling behind on his final pit stop. [Page 1c]

TODAY

Villain at first sight

When actor Julian McMahon, the anti-hero on TV's dark cosmetic surgery soap opera Nip/Tuck, walked into an audition, Fantastic Four director Tim Story knew he had his villain. [Page 1d]

The collar makes a comeback

After seasons and seasons of T-shirts - rumpled, oversized or emblazoned with irreverent sayings - the polo shirt has returned with a vengeance. "We're seeing collars coming back on shirts, basically. And the polo shirt is just a way to put a collar on a T-shirt," says Gregg Andrews, a fashion director at Nordstrom. [Page 1d]

TODAY ONLINE

NAACP CONVENTION

Read coverage from the annual NAACP convention in Milwaukee, plus get archived stories on recent changes in the organization. www.baltimoresun.com/naacp

K2 JOURNAL

Read Annapolis resident Chris Warner's online journal as he climbs one of the world's most dangerous mountains. www.baltimoresun.com/k2

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"I just knew him from walking in the door and thinking this guy is Victor Von Doom. He's that gentleman, he's that good-looking, he's that ladies' man, that powerful."

Director Tim Story on the casting of actor Julian McMahon as arch villain Dr. Doom in Fantastic Four (Article, Page 1D)

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