Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

July 21, 2005

NATIONAL

Bush promotes nominee

President Bush used events at the White House and Baltimore harbor yesterday to promote the nomination of Judge John G. Roberts Jr. in an effort to pre-empt liberal attacks on his Supreme Court nominee. [Page 1a]

Video game now adults-only

The video game industry changed yesterday to adults-only the rating of Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, a violent, best-selling game in which explicit sexual content can be unlocked with an Internet download. [Page 3a]

Shield law testimony

Advocates for a proposed federal shield law that would keep journalists from having to disclose confidential sources testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee yesterday that the lack of such protection is impinging on the public's right to information. But some on the panel said they found the proposed law too sweeping. [Page 3a]

WORLD

British `hate speech' law

British officials are considering new laws to ban "hate speech" and ease regulations for government tapping of phones and computer messages in an attempt to make the country safer in the aftermath of the July 7 London bombings. [Page 1a]

Iraqi families join to mourn

Families of 28 children killed by a suicide bomber in Baghdad a week ago gathered yesterday in memory of the victims. The children were gathered near a Humvee when the bomber drove into them. The 6-foot crater left by the explosion has been turned into a small shrine. [Page 17a]

Saudi ambassador resigns

Prince Bandar bin Sultan, Saudi Arabia's ambassador to the United States and a power player in Washington for 22 years, has announced his resignation. He will be succeeded by Prince Turki al-Faisal, a former Saudi intelligence chief and the current ambassador to the United Kingdom. [Page 19a]

MARYLAND

Bush visits Baltimore port

President Bush came to the port of Baltimore yesterday to deliver a forceful defense of the USA Patriot Act, contending that the law - adopted by Congress with near-unanimity in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks - has led to much of the progress made in counter-terrorism efforts since then. [Page 1a]

Ehrlich relents on cut

Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. announced yesterday he will not cut $1.5 million in funding for health benefits for legal immigrant pregnant women, citing the state's newly announced surplus. But the administration will not restore $5.5 million to cover the children of low-income families who are legal permanent residents. [Page 1a]

Fired man kills ex-boss

A workplace dispute turned deadly when Levi A. White, who had been fired from a Northwest Baltimore beverage company, went to the plant with a shotgun Tuesday night and killed his former supervisor. White was later killed by city police officers. [Page 1b]

SPORTS

Orioles lose on homer in ninth

Relief pitcher Jason Grimsley allowed a one-out home run to Jacque Jones in the bottom of the ninth inning, giving the Minnesota Twins a 3-2 victory and dropping the third-place Orioles two games behind the first-place Boston Red Sox. [Page 1e]

Armstrong teammate wins stage

Paolo Savoldelli became Lance Armstrong's second Discovery Channel teammate in four days to win a stage of the Tour de France, taking the event's longest ride, 148.8 miles from Pau to Revel. Armstrong, seeking his seventh straight title, kept his overall lead of 2 minutes, 46 seconds. [Page 3e]

Nats fall, might lose Hernandez

All-Star pitcher Livan Hernandez tied a modern major league record by hitting four batters with pitches in the Washington Nationals' 3-2 loss to the visiting Colorado Rockies, then said he's considering season-ending surgery on his injured right knee. [Page 5e]

BUSINESS

Harbor Court Hotel for sale

The Harbor Court Hotel, downtown Baltimore's only five-star hotel and an Inner Harbor landmark, is for sale and expected to generate strong interest from buyers at a time when hotel values are rising and investors face a shortage of upscale hotel deals. [Page 1d]

Home builder fined

A Maryland home builder was fined nearly $1.3 million for defrauding buyers, the state attorney general reported yesterday. Fines assessed against Jeffrey Bryant amounted to the largest financial penalty since the state Home Builder Registration Unit was created in 2001. [Page 1d]

TODAY

Alsop meets musicians

Even before she was officially introduced yesterday as the next music director of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Marin Alsop began working to eliminate any lingering disharmony over the hiring process. Alsop met with orchestra players yesterday morning, stating her commitment to them and asking their support. [Page 1a]

James `Scotty' Doohan dies

James Doohan, "Scotty" from the original Star Trek television series, died yesterday of pneumonia and Alzheimer's disease in Redmond, Wash. He was 85. [Page 3c]

SUPREME COURT

Read archived coverage of changes the U.S. Supreme Court faces, with photos and audio segments at www.baltimoresun.com/court

POKER PLAYER

Ask Severn resident Steve Dannenmann about finishing second in last week's World Series of Poker main event in Las Vegas online at www.baltimoresun.com/poker

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"All my playmates are dead."

Mohammed Hashim, who survived Baghdad bombing that killed 28 children. (Article, Page 17A)

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