Sun News Digest

July 16, 2005

NATIONAL

Court approves military tribunals

A federal appeals court ruled yesterday that the Bush administration's plan to convene military tribunals to try terrorist detainees at the U.S. naval base on Guantanamo Bay is constitutional, a decision that promises to jumpstart a controversial and historic process that has been waylaid for eight months by legal challenges. [Page 1a]

The contract terminator

A day after an aide said the issue was much ado about nothing, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger abruptly canceled his $8 million consulting contract with a magazine publisher yesterday amid widespread complaints that he had a conflict of interest with his job as California's chief executive. Schwarzenegger said he would forgo any compensation from Weider Publications. [Page 5a]

WORLD

Egyptian held in London bombing

Cairo police have detained an Egyptian biochemist Magdy el-Nashar who taught at Leeds University and is wanted for questioning in Britain in connection with the bombings in London. British police raided an Islamic bookshop in Leeds yesterday and searched the Egyptian man's home. [Page 1a]

Several Hamas militants killed

In the most intense violence since the February cease-fire, the Israeli military killed several Hamas militants in a series of airstrikes after Palestinians launched a deadly barrage of missiles at an Israeli communal farm. [Page 7a]

Deadly violence surges in Iraq

Suicide bombers killed at least 30 people in Baghdad yesterday, while two U.S. Marines were killed in an explosion near the Jordanian border. [Page 7a]

MARYLAND

Supervising sex predators

Maryland Attorney General J. Joseph Curran Jr. said yesterday that he would push for legislation that would require lifetime supervision of violent sexual predators and a more proactive approach of notifying residents that an offender is about to be released into their community. [Page 1b]

Balto. County sues AT&T

Baltimore County was already in a big-money legal battle with AT&T, accusing the telecommunications giant of illegally laying a 1980s-era fiber-optic network without bothering to ask permission, when county officials made what they describe as a startling discovery: signs that the company might be secretly laying new lines. That find led the county to file a second multimillion-dollar lawsuit this week against AT&T. [Page 1b]

Meth ring exposed in Md.

Seven suspects faced charges yesterday of operating several home-based methamphetamine labs, including two in Harford County, exposing what law enforcement experts describe as a rare phenomenon in Maryland. [Page 1b]

BUSINESS

Enron settles gouging claims

Bankrupt energy company Enron Corp. has agreed to pay $47.5 million in a settlement that could reach $1.5 billion to resolve claims that it gouged California and other Western states during the 2000-2001 energy crisis. [Page 10c]

Risky loans worry regulators

For two months, federal banking regulators have signaled their discomfort about the explosive rise in risky mortgage loans. They worried about the surge in no-money-down mortgages, interest-only loans and loans that require no proof of a person's income. The impact so far? Almost nil. [Page 10c]

TODAY

Musicians criticize BSO search

A day after news spread that conductor Marin Alsop is to be hired to lead the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, its musicians criticized the search for a new music director. The musicians are seeking more input in the process. [Page 1d]

'Blondie' turns 75

Nearly 75 years after their frowned-upon romance cost rich playboy Dagwood Bumstead his inheritance, Blondie and her comic strip are still going strong. This summer, fellow comics creators will honor the beloved couple with cameos in their strips. [Page 1d]

Restored Wayne classics to air

Two of John Wayne's best films from the 1950s - The High and the Mighty and Island in the Sky - have been missing in action for decades, too damaged to be shown. But thanks to restoration efforts by his daughter-in-law Gretchen Wayne, both will air this weekend on AMC. [Page 3d]

SPORTS

O's still in running for Burnett

The Orioles remain in the running to acquire Florida Marlins pitcher A.J. Burnett, according to an industry source, with the package expanding to possibly include third baseman Mike Lowell. One source said the discussions have heated up, though some insiders believe the Chicago White Sox remain the favorites to land Burnett. [Page 5c]

Woods leads; Nicklaus leaves

While Tiger Woods threatened to turn another British Open into a rout, Jack Nicklaus faded into retirement on a tear-filled day at St. Andrews, making birdie on the final hole of his competitive career. [Page 1c]

Armstrong keeps Tour lead

Lance Armstrong retained his overall lead in the Tour de France's flat, fast stage 13, which was won by Robbie McEwen in a sprint. [Page 9c ]

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"Muslims and Christians liked him. He was a peaceful man." Mohamed el-Nashar, on his brother Magdy el-Nashar, who is being questioned in the London bombings (Article, Page 1A)

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