Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

July 19, 2005

NATIONAL

President softens leak stance President Bush softened his position yesterday on how he would deal with leakers in his administration, leaving open the possibility that Karl Rove could remain a top aide despite his role in identifying a CIA agent to a Time magazine reporter. [Page 1a]

Speech set in city on Patriot Act

President Bush plans to use the port of Baltimore as a backdrop tomorrow for a speech calling on Congress to extend provisions of the Patriot Act. He also will highlight stepped-up efforts to secure the nation's seaports. [Page 1a]

2 San Diego leaders convicted

Jurors convicted two San Diego City Council members of a scheme to take illegal campaign contributions from the owner of a strip club who sought to ease a rule against contact between dancers and customers. [Page 3a]

Discovery could launch July 26

Space shuttle Discovery could launch as early as July 26 despite a fuel sensor problem that continues to perplex NASA engineers. [Page 4a]

WORLD

Israeli forces stop protests

Blocking roads and stopping buses, Israeli police and soldiers thwarted a march yesterday by tens of thousands of opponents of Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's plan to evacuate Jewish settlements in the Gaza Strip. [Page 1a]

Bomb suspects visited Pakistan

A Pakistani official said three of the four suspected London bombers traveled to the southern city of Karachi last year, and investigators searched for clues in Leeds, Britain. [Page 8a]

MARYLAND

State argues for school takeover

The state Department of Education yesterday made a case to a federal judge for a court-ordered takeover of the Baltimore public schools, saying the special education system was "a failure of extraordinary magnitude." [Page 1a]

Marylanders suffer in heat

Maryland sweltered through another day of high temperatures during what is typically the hottest week of the year. Temperatures reached above 90 degrees, but the humidity made it feel more like 100. [Page 1a]

Dispute on `dangerous' schools

City school officials say four schools should be labeled "persistently dangerous," but state officials say six schools are likely to be on the list it approves. The federal No Child Left Behind Act requires states to compile such information. [Page 1b]

3 in Essex die from gas leak

A father and two stepdaughters were killed yesterday in Essex, apparently from carbon-monoxide poisoning. The man's wife was being treated for the poisoning, which may have been caused by a misaligned vent pipe from a water heater. [Page 1b]

SPORTS

Ex-Colts great Parker dead at 71

Jim Parker, the Hall of Famer who anchored the Colts' offensive line during the club's glory years, died of congestive heart failure and kidney disease at the Lorien Nursing Home in Columbia. Parker was 71. [Page 1c]

O's working on three-way trade

Despite reports that the Orioles' pursuit of Florida pitcher A.J. Burnett is a done deal, one source said yesterday that the team won't obtain Burnett unless the Marlins remove third baseman Mike Lowell from the trade. The Orioles are now looking into a three-way swap with the Pirates and Marlins that could also yield outfielder-first baseman Daryle Ward. [Page 1c]

Tejada's HR lifts O's in 11th

Miguel Tejada homered in the 11th inning to give the Orioles a 3-2 win over the Minnesota Twins at the Metrodome. Sammy Sosa broke a scoreless tie in the seventh with a two-run home run. [Page 1c]

BUSINESS

Citigroup profits disappointing

Citigroup Inc. reports second-quarter profits that were a nickel-per-share below Wall Street's expectations. Its poor performance pulled bank shares down on Wall Street despite a good showing by Bank of America Corp. [Page 1d]

Artifact gets $5 million financing

Artifact Software Inc., a Baltimore-based software developer, has landed $5 million in first-round venture financing. [Page 1d]

Firm to computerize MCAT

Prospective medical students will forgo the pencil-and-paper version of the standard entrance exam under a seven-year, $30 million deal between Thomson Prometric, the Baltimore-based company, and the Association of American Medical Colleges. By 2007, the Medical College Admission Test, or MCAT, will have to be taken by computer. [Page 1d]

TODAY

BSO board to meet on Alsop

This morning, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra board will meet to decide whether to appoint Marin Alsop as music director, knowing that most of the musicians want the search to continue for a few more months. [Page 1e]

`Boondocks' joins Adult Swim

Aaron McGruder's animated version of The Boondocks, joining Cartoon Network's lineup in October, won't be as timely and topical as the comic strip, but he insists it will "still do a lot of mean and vicious." [Page 2e]

TODAY ONLINE

MURDER TRIAL CONTINUES

Testimony continued yesterday in the trial of two immigrants accused in the slashing deaths of three young relatives. Read archived coverage of the crime at www.baltimoresun.com/fallstaff

HIGHWAY PROPOSAL

For archived ICC coverage, including maps, graphics and photos, please go to www.baltimoresun.com/icc

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"It took me a long time to write this book [`The Interruption of Everything'], and he was one of the distractions, and now he's trying to make himself more of a distraction to garner sympathy for himself like an idiot."

Terry McMillan on her split from Jonathan Plummer, the younger man who inspired `How Stella Got Her Groove Back' but now says he is gay (Article, Page 1E)

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