Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

July 15, 2005

NATIONAL

Rehnquist speaks on rumors

Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist sought last night to end the wild speculation about his future plans, saying in a statement that he is not planning to retire and would remain on the Supreme Court as long as my health permits. [Page 1a]

Senate OKs homeland bill

The Senate approved a $31.8 billion spending bill for homeland security last night, rejecting an eleventh-hour push to boost funds for safeguarding the nation's transit systems in the aftermath of last week's bombings in London. The bill, which passed 96 to 1, includes funding for everything from border patrols to air marshals for the fiscal year that begins Oct. 1.[Page 3a]

Federal test results released

America's elementary school pupils made solid gains in both reading and mathematics in the first years of this decade, while middle school pupils made less progress and older teens had hardly any, according to federal test results released yesterday. [Page 4a]

WORLD

Photo released of London suspect

British authorities released an image yesterday from a train station camera of Hasib Hussain wearing a backpack an hour and a half before he apparently bombed a London bus. As police continued theeir investigation, British media reported that police were also searching for a 33-year-old Egyptian man who recently taught or studied chemistry at Leeds University. [Page 1a]

Key insurgent captured in Iraq

U.S. forces in Iraq said yesterday they had captured a key insurgent who had been involved in the abduction and slaying of Egypt's top diplomat to Iraq. [Page 12a]

MARYLAND

Reservations about hotel proposal

A proposal for a privately financed convention center hotel in Washington is raising questions about the public financing plan for Baltimore's proposed convention center hotel. Critics of Baltimore's plan say the Washington proposal proves city development officials haven't tried hard enough, but supporters of public financing say there might be more to Washington's deal than meets the eye. [Page 1b]

Staff cuts focus of prison debate

The attempted sexual assault of a female correctional officer at Roxbury Correctional Institution in Hagerstown last week has intensified claims by officers that staff cuts are jeopardizing their safety. Frank C. Sizer Jr., who heads the Maryland Division of Correction, said that staffing levels had nothing to do with the attack on the officer. [Page 1b]

TODAY

Alsop may be next BSO leader

New York-born conductor Marin Alsop, 48, music director of the Bournemouth Symphony in England, will succeed Yuri Temirkanov with the Baltimore Symphony, sources close to the BSO report. Symphony officials did not return calls seeking confirmation of the hiring. [Page 1a]

City girl wins `Potter' contest

Baltimore's Kaacy Kelley, 9, headed to New York yesterday for winning a Harry Potter essay contest. Kaacy, one of 10 winners from among 8,000 entries nationally, also won a London trip, which she will skip because the recent bombings scared her, she said. [Page 1c]

BUSINESS

Mail-order service jilts brides

Hundreds of brides were left in a lurch this week when Arbutus mail-order distributor Discount Bridal Service Inc. announced it was closing. It's a drama that has played out worldwide in recent years as Internet shopping and big-box discounters have transformed the bridal industry. [Page 1a]

An upscale Port Covington plan

A Baltimore developer plans to build an upscale community of 625 homes on a waterfront parcel in South Baltimore's Port Covington, in what would be the first residential development in a predominantly industrial area along Middle Branch. [Page 1e]

Poker event high-stakes for firm

As the World Series of Poker has grown from an obscure tournament to a cultural phenomenon, a Baltimore advertising and public relations company has found itself at the center -- or at least behind the scenes -- of the event. Trahan, Burden & Charles was thrust into the role when its client Harrah's Entertainment Inc. bought the rights to the World Series of Poker. [Page 1e]

SPORTS

O's win; Palmeiro at 2,999 hits

Rafael Palmeiro moved within one hit of 3,000, Daniel Cabrera pitched a two-hitter through eight innings and the Orioles moved within one game of first place by opening the second half of the season with a 5-3 victory over the Mariners in Seattle. Palmeiro recorded career hit No. 2,999 with a one-out single to right in the fourth. [Page 1f]

Woods takes British lead with 66

Tiger Woods made seven birdies in a nine-hole stretch and shot a 6-under-par 66 in the opening round of the British Open at St. Andrews to take a one-stroke lead over Mark Hensby. Jack Nicklaus, playing in his last major, opened with a 75. [Page 1f]

Wie reaches Publinx quarterfinals

Michelle Wie, 15, birdied three of the final five holes and beat Jim Renner, 3 and 1, in her second match of the day to advance to the quarterfinals of the men's U.S. Amateur Public Links in Lebanon, Ohio. [Page 1f]

TODAY ONLINE

HEALTH & SCIENCE

Visit the online version of our weekly Health & Science section where you'll find today's coverage, past stories and links to Sun special reports. www.baltimoresun.com/healthscience

EMMY NOMINATIONS

Desperate Housewives and Lost lead this year's list of Emmy favorites. See the full list of nominations and find other related stories and photos at www.baltimoresun.com/emmy

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"As we stand together in silence, let us send a message to the terrorists -- you will not defeat us...."

George Psaradakis, driver of the No. 30 bus that was bombed in London last week, speaking to mourners (Article, Page 13A)

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