Sun News Digest


July 20, 2005


Bush picks Roberts for high court

President Bush named federal appellate Judge John G. Roberts Jr. last night as his choice to succeed retiring Justice Sandra Day O'Connor on the Supreme Court, choosing a solid conservative whose nomination quickly sparked an intense debate over the future of the high court. [Page 1a]

Arguments made in Padilla case

A government lawyer contended yesterday that President Bush has the authority to indefinitely imprison former Chicago gang member and accused terrorist Jose Padilla without charges even though Padilla is an American citizen who was captured in the United States. [Page 3a]

Base-realignment list grows

An independent base-closing panel voted yesterday to add five bases to the list of dozens of facilities that the Pentagon wants to close or scale back. [Page 3a]


Assassination raises fear in Iraq

A leading Sunni member of a council charged with writing Iraq's constitution was assassinated yesterday, igniting new fears of greater sectarian violence in the country. [Page 14a]

20 detained in Pakistan in probe

Authorities in Pakistan detained 20 people for questioning yesterday, including some with suspected links to the bombings in London, as investigators in Britain are increasingly focusing on leads outside of the country into who might have aided the July 7 attackers. [Page 10a]


Claiming credit for budget surplus

Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. said yesterday that his administration's fiscal prudence has created a surplus of more than $1 billion for the fiscal year that ended last month, but Democratic and independent budget-watchers said the figure is less impressive than it seems and questioned how much the governor had to do with it. [Page 1b]

Endangered Chesapeake oysters?

At a hearing before the U.S. House Committee on Resources yesterday, commercial fishing advocates from Louisiana to Rhode Island joined Maryland in objecting to the proposed listing of the Chesapeake native oyster as an endangered species, saying it's unnecessary and would kill the troubled industry. [Page 1b]

Carroll panel reverses itself

Threatened with jail for contempt, the Carroll County Planning and Zoning Commission bowed yesterday to a circuit judge's order by reversing itself and voting 3 to 1 in favor of a long-contested plan for 254 rental townhouses in Eldersburg. But the county commissioners said they "cannot in good conscience allow this development to proceed," and will appeal the lower court's order. [Page 2b]


Armstrong still in overall lead

Lance Armstrong finished Stage 16 of the Tour de France wearing the yellow jersey belonging to the overall leader for the 78th time in his career, tying him for second on the all-time list with French hero Bernard Hinault. Armstrong said he felt honored, adding, "I don't deserve to be considered in that class." [Page 3e]

O's trade talks could be in trouble

The Orioles remain in talks with the Florida Marlins on a potential trade for right-handed pitcher A.J. Burnett, but according to industry sources, the deal could be in jeopardy because of the Orioles' unwillingness to absorb most of the contract of Marlins third baseman Mike Lowell. [Page 7e]

Twins stun Orioles in ninth, 4-3

Orioles closer B.J. Ryan blew a second straight save in the ninth inning, allowing two runs in a 4-3 loss to the Minnesota Twins in Minneapolis. The Orioles squandered a chance to move into a first-place tie with the Boston Red Sox in the American League East. [Page 1e]


Hewlett-Packard job cuts

Hewlett-Packard Co. said yesterday that it will cut 14,500 jobs over 18 months in a restructuring plan that its executives hope will turn around the struggling fortunes of the giant computer and printer maker. [Page 1d]

Harbor condos moving ahead

A developer planning an upscale condo building overlooking the Inner Harbor is forging ahead with the long-delayed project amid expectations of soon settling a lawsuit that has stalled construction. Developers expect to start construction by September on the 414 Water Street condominiums, which will rise above a parking garage at Water and Gay streets downtown. [Page 1d]

BWI administrator leaving

Paul J. Wiedefeld, who saw Baltimore-Washington International Airport through one of the most turbulent times in modern aviation history and oversaw much of BWI's $1.8 billion expansion, is leaving as Maryland's chief airport administrator to rejoin an international engineering management and consulting firm. [Page 1d]


An early desire to conduct

The only child of two professional musicians, Marin Alsop - who today will be named music director of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra - decided she wanted to be a conductor at age 9, when she saw Leonard Bernstein. [Page 1c]

The unusual appeal of penguins

French filmmaker Luc Jacquet's lucid and gorgeous documentary about emperor penguins' annual mating trek into Antarctica becomes a Homeric odyssey, as harrowing as it is exalting. The film is drawing raves and revenues. [Page 1c]


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"I wanted the Hollywood ending - the one where these guys stand up for the community."

Nick Padula of Eldersburg, about a Carroll County decision (Article, Page 2B)








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