Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

July 12, 2005

NATIONAL

Rove intrigue leads to criticism

As White House adviser Karl Rove emerges as a central figure in a case involving the unmasking of a CIA agent, Democrats are seizing on the story as evidence of their charge that President Bush has put political advantage ahead of national security. [Page 1a]

Dennis' increasing impact

The damage and death toll continued to climb along the Gulf Coast as authorities and residents tallied the widely scattered destruction left by Hurricane Dennis. [Page 3a]

WORLD

10 Sunnis die in container

Ten Sunni Muslim tribesmen died after American-trained Iraqi police commandos kept them in an airtight container for more than six hours in 115-degree heat, outraged Sunni clerics and politicians charged yesterday. [Page 8a]

Massacre victims laid to rest

Women wept in Srebrenica, Bosnia-Herzegovina, as they finally buried husbands and sons 10 years after Europe's worst massacre since World War II - funerals made possible by the excavation of mass graves of victims killed by Bosnian Serb forces. [Page 8a]

1st bombing victim ID'd; toll 52

The death toll from the London bombings reached 52 as authorities made the first public identification of a victim, a mother and wife from the English countryside who minutes before her death had said goodbye to one of her sons. Her name was Susan Levy. [Page 11a]

MARYLAND

ICC to take southern path

The Intercounty Connector linking Gaithersburg to Interstate 95 will be built along a southerly route that state and local officials have backed for decades, the governor announced. Federal officials have warned of environmental disruption. [Page 1a]

Port security prompts hearing

The chairman of a key legislative panel said that he would conduct a hearing into security shortcomings at the port of Baltimore, while a top Maryland transportation official said the state would tighten some procedures at the terminals it owns. [Page 1a]

City sued over alleged abuse

The Baltimore Department of Social Services has been slapped with a $34 million lawsuit filed by a woman who alleges that her toddler son suffered permanent brain damage because of physical abuse in a foster home. [Page 1a]

Van Hollen out of Senate race

Rep. Chris Van Hollen announced that he won't run for Maryland's U.S. Senate seat being vacated by retiring Sen. Paul S. Sarbanes, leaving Rep. Benjamin L. Cardin of Baltimore and Kweisi Mfume, former head of the NAACP, as the main Democratic contestants. [Page 1b]

BUSINESS

House average tops $300,000

The average sales price of a house in the Baltimore area raced across the $300,000 mark for the first time last month. The average price hit $309,090 in June, a more-than-17 percent jump compared with a year earlier. [Page 1c]

Ford takes hybrid orders online

Ford Motor Co. began taking orders yesterday for its 2006 Mercury Mariner gas/electric sport-utility vehicle via the Internet. While Internet shopping is commonplace, buying a car online without the ability to actually test-drive it is a novel approach for Ford. [Page 1c]

SPORTS

BCS announces new poll

The Bowl Championship Series has a new poll, one that will include former coaches and players, plus media members. The Harris Interactive College Football Poll will rank the top 25 teams on a weekly basis, starting Sept. 25. The season's first standings will be released Oct. 17. [Page 3d]

Wie fades in men's Publinx

Michelle Wie shot a 6-over 76 on the first day at the men's Amateur Public Links in Lebanon, Ohio. The 15-year-old tied for 84th of 156 players. The low 64 scorers over 36 holes of medal play advance. The winner traditionally gets invited to the Masters. [Page 3d]

Abreu wins Home Run Derby

Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Bobby Abreu defeated Detroit Tigers catcher Ivan Rodriguez, 11-5, in the last round of the All-Star Game's Home Run Derby. Abreu hit a record 24 homers in the first round and a record 41 overall. [Page 4d]

TODAY

Spotlight on shuttle crew

The seven-member crew of Discovery - scheduled to be launched tomorrow - has become the most interviewed set of spacefarers in nearly two decades. They have urged the public not to lose faith in space travel, but they've also spoken out about the agency. [Page 3e]

Public-broadcast head testifies

Kenneth Y. Tomlinson, head of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, defended his leadership, telling Congress he's seeking balance in public-affairs programming and is not bent on silencing liberal voices. [Page 6e]

TODAY ONLINE

ICC Q & A

Sun transportation reporter Michael Dresser answers questions about the Intercounty Connector that would link Rockville and Laurel. Submit your questions at www.baltimoresun.com/icc

O'S AT THE BREAK

Relive the first half of the Orioles' season by checking our online archive of stories and photos. www.baltimoresun.com/orioles

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"I felt like I was stealing from the taxpayers, I really did. I was just bored. I thought: This cannot be the rest of my life. I knew exactly what I was going to do every day - get up, work, go home, drink, go to bed or pass out."

Comedian Wanda Sykes, an Anne Arundel County native, on her days working at the National Security Agency (Article, Page 1E)

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