Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

July 18, 2005

NATIONAL

Crater to open view to past

When scientists drill this fall more than a mile beneath a crater caused by a meteorite, they expect to learn a lot about the Chesapeake Bay region's geology and climatic past. [Page 1a]

Plame case's legal intricacies

Although some White House officials who discussed a CIA officer with a reporter - including Vice President Dick Cheney's chief of staff - apparently didn't reveal her name, that might not provide an adequate defense to criminal charges, legal experts say. [Page 3a]

Frequent-flier miles unreported

Members of Congress earn, but do not disclose, thousands of valuable frequent-flier miles collected while on business paid for by taxpayers or special interest groups. [Page 5a]

WORLD

Charges filed against Hussein

The first criminal charges were filed against Saddam Hussein yesterday, raising the prospects for a trial that could come as early as September. At least 22 people died in four suicide bombings around Baghdad. [Page 1a]

Troops may be sent to Gaza

Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon threatened to send troops into Gaza to stop attacks on settlers, and also authorized the use of force against Israelis who say they will disrupt the withdrawal from Gaza settlements. [Page 1a]

London suspects' links explored

British investigators explored the international connections of the four men implicated in this month's bombings in London as government officials prepared to introduce tough anti-terrorism legislation. [Page 6a]

MARYLAND

New bay crossing ideas studied

More than a half-century after the first Chesapeake Bay Bridge span opened, a 19-member state task force is taking tentative steps to find another crossing to and from the Eastern Shore. [Page 1a]

College to aid city students

St. Mary's College of Maryland will announce a $1.5 million scholarship today for Baltimore students that school officials hope will boost minority enrollment at the public college on the waterfront in Southern Maryland. [Page 1b]

Big-band leader Barron dies

Blue Barron, who led a big-band dance orchestra known for its sweet-sounding music devoid of jazz influences, died Saturday at his longtime North Baltimore home. He was 91. Fronting a band that played in the style of Guy Lombardo, he had a national radio audience in the 1930s and 1940s. [Page 1b]

TODAY

Delay choice, say BSO players

After meeting Saturday night, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra musicians have taken the position that the orchestra's board shouldn't decide on a new music director until the fall. [Page 1c]

Chef dishes on White House

Walter Scheib III, one-time White House chef, quickly learned that serving the right comfort food to the first family was as important as preparing historic menus for the world's most powerful. The experience is like working in a private home. [Page 1c]

`Charlie' sweet at box office

The Tim Burton-directed Charlie and the Chocolate Factory earned $55.4 million at the box office over the weekend. The new comedy Wedding Crashers came in second with $32.2 million. [Page 3c]

SPORTS

Woods wins British Open

Tiger Woods closed with a 2-under 70 to win the British Open in St. Andrews, Scotland, for his 10th career major. He won by five shots, the largest margin in any major since Woods won by eight in St. Andrews five years ago. [Page 1d]

Mariners rout O's, Ponson

Sidney Ponson had allowed just one hit before the Seattle Mariners scored five runs in the sixth inning en route to an 8-2 victory over the Orioles. The Orioles committed three errors in the loss and left Seattle with a split of the four-game series. [Page 1d]

Armstrong teammate wins stage

Lance Armstrong kept his overall lead, and teammate George Hincapie won the 15th stage of the Tour de France, the hardest day of climbing in the Pyrenees. Armstrong leads Italian Ivan Basso by 2 minutes, 46 seconds. [Page 1d]

TODAY ONLINE

ORIOLES AT TWINS

The Orioles are in Minnesota for the start of a three-game series with the Twins. Get game stories and photos, along with expanded coverage of the team at www.baltimoresun.com/orioles

MARYLAND WEATHER

Get your back-to-work forecast, plus weather-related stories, a list of fun things to do and Sun science writer Frank Roylance's weather blog at www.marylandweather.com

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