Sun News Digest


July 13, 2005


White House's political headache

Questions about senior aide Karl Rove's role in unmasking a covert CIA agent have created a political headache for the White House, but legal analysts said yesterday that the disclosures of his actions to date are unlikely to produce a criminal indictment under a little-known, little-used federal law intended to protect the identities of spies. [Page 1a]

Supreme Court nominee

Top Senate Democrats and Republicans told President Bush yesterday that he should consider tapping someone outside the judiciary to fill Justice Sandra Day O'Connor's seat on the Supreme Court, suggesting a U.S. senator or other nominee outside the judicial monastery could bring much-needed perspective to the court. [Page 4a]

Menopause treatment

Nearly two-thirds of women who use hormone supplements to control menopausal symptoms such as hot flashes, night sweats and depression suffer a recurrence or a worsening of symptoms once they stop the therapy, according to a new study. [Page 10a]


Suicide bombings suspected

Authorities said last week's bombings in London were likely carried out by suicide attackers. Security cameras captured images of the four suspects 20 minutes before the explosions began. [Page 1a]

Palestinian attack kills 3 victims

A Palestinian suicide bomber killed three people and wounded dozens more at a busy shopping mall in Netanya, Israel, yesterday. Israeli officials condemned the attack but said it would not deter the planned settler withdrawal from Gaza. [Page 13a]


Prime city lots sold below value

Two city-owned parcels of prime downtown Baltimore real estate were sold for more than $2 million below their appraised market values, according to recently released documents. A city councilman says he will hold a hearing in September to investigate the deal. [Page 1a]

Foster care death

The mother of a toddler who was seriously injured in a foster home says she bears no ill will against the foster care provider and the teenager who allegedly slammed her son onto a concrete floor. The boy's mother, Martina Ford, spoke a day after she filed a $34 million lawsuit against the foster care provider and the city's Department of Social Services. [Page 1b]

Duncan faults Ehrlich fund-raiser

Montgomery County Executive Douglas M. Duncan, a Democrat and all-but-declared candidate for governor, called yesterday on the governor to apologize for raising re-election money at a country club that has never admitted a black member. [Page 1b]

Hickey closing may pose threat

Several state politicians said yesterday the Ehrlich administration's surprise plan to close the troubled Charles H. Hickey Jr. School for juvenile offenders poses a potential threat to public safety if the youths are sent home or moved to less restrictive group homes. [Page 2b]


Tejada MVP in AL's 7-5 win

Orioles shortstop Miguel Tejada is voted Most Valuable Player of the All-Star Game after homering off John Smoltz to start the scoring in the American League's 7-5 victory over the National League in Detroit. Texas Rangers first baseman Mark Teixeira (Mount St. Joseph) also homered. [Page 1e]

Armstrong climbs back into lead

Lance Armstrong, hoping to win a seventh Tour de France before he retires after this year's race, finished a close second in Stage 10 yesterday in the Alps to reclaim first place overall. [Page 1e]

Wie advances to match play

Michelle Wie bounced back with a 2-over-par 72 in the final round of stroke play at the U.S. Amateur Public Links, good enough to secure a spot in the match-play portion of the championship. [Page 2e]


Region's employment hub shifts

The long leak of people and jobs from city to suburbs has come to this: Baltimore County is now the region's dominant employment hub. The switch happened quietly last year as the county was enjoying strong growth and the city continued to lose ground. [Page 1a]

Jump in gas prices

Because global oil supplies are barely covering global demand, pricing is more sensitive than ever. Last week's jump of 5.5 cents on one day for regular gas nationwide, on average, was the biggest one-day jump of the year. [Page 1d]

Bridal service's bankruptcy

Discount Bridal Service, a Baltimore County discounter of bridal apparel and one of the nation's largest, has informed suppliers it plans to file for bankruptcy protection next week - stirring a storm of anxious e-mails and phone calls from hundreds of brides and stores worried about whether their gown orders will go unfilled. [Page 1d]


`Potter' editor has light touch

Arthur Levine, U.S. editor for the Harry Potter books, including volume six coming out Saturday, has a light touch in dealing with his authors. [Page 1c]

CPB investigation expands

Kenneth A. Konz, inspector general for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, has agreed to expand his investigation of Chairman Kenneth Y. Tomlinson's actions to look at the procedure for last month's appointment of Patricia Harrison as the new CPB president. [Page 1c]



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"We didn't have bombs. We had some chicken necks and trap lines. If we had known it was illegal, of course we wouldn't have gone down there."

Theresa Hardbarger, one of three people charged with criminal trespass while crabbing in Colgate Creek (Article, Page 2B)








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