Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

July 22, 2005

NATIONAL

Filibuster on Roberts unlikely

The Supreme Court nomination of Judge John G. Roberts Jr. appears unlikely to be blocked by the delaying tactics of a Democratic filibuster, members of a key group of senators said yesterday. [Page 1a]

Daylight-saving time extension

House and Senate negotiators agreed yesterday to extend daylight-saving time by four weeks as part of a sweeping energy bill. Under the measure, clocks would be turned forward an hour on the second Sunday of March and turned back the first Sunday of November. [Page 3a]

U.S.-Canada drug tunnel

Federal agents have shut down an elaborate, 360-foot drug-smuggling tunnel dug underneath the U.S.-Canadian border -- the first such passageway discovered along the nation's northern edge, officials said. [Page 6a]

WORLD

New bombings in London injure 1

Bombers struck again in London yesterday, hitting three subway stations and one bus. The attacks -- two weeks after bombings that left 56 people dead -- caused fear, but injured just one person. [Page 1a]

China boosts currency value

For the first time in a decade, China increased the value of its currency -- a political gesture aimed at improving trade relations with the United States. The increase, sought by the Bush administration and Congress, was 2.1 percent -- far short of what Washington had wanted. [Page 1a]

MARYLAND

Gradual change for bus routes

Stung by a public outcry, the Ehrlich administration is backing off many of the most controversial changes it had proposed in May as part of a sweeping restructuring of Baltimore-area bus routes and will adopt a more gradual approach to overhauling the system. "Our thinking on this has been profoundly changed by the comments we've received to date," said state Transportation Secretary Robert L. Flanagan. [Page 1a]

Laura Bush aids Ehrlich

Praising him as a strong leader and good friend of the White House, first lady Laura Bush helped Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. raise $250,000 last night in Bethesda for his re-election campaign. "For her to make this kind of appearance this early in our campaign really means a lot," Ehrlich said. [Page 2b]

TODAY

Muslim museum planned in city

Maryland Muslims will announce plans today for a museum of Islamic art and culture to promote greater understanding of the religion and its practitioners. The Islamic community center -- which would include a mosque -- is to be built inside a former bank building at 240 N. Howard St. [Page 1b]

Artscape adds fashion

Local fashion designers are overjoyed that this weekend's Artscape festival will for the first time feature what they consider their art. Artscape 2005 will dedicate an area to exhibit booths and stage New York-style runway shows. [Page 1c]

BUSINESS

Guilford Pharmaceuticals sold

After a year of layoffs, restructuring and a management overhaul, Baltimore biotech Guilford Pharmaceuticals Inc. announced its sale to cancer-drug maker MGI Pharma Inc. of Bloomington, Minn., in a deal worth $177.5 million in cash and stock. [Page 1e]

Relief agency to relocate

Catholic Relief Services is close to signing a lease to move to the former Stewart's department store on Howard Street in a deal that would bring more than 300 workers to the heart of the city's old retail district. Completing the deal would cap a lengthy search for larger quarters for the international relief arm of the U.S. Roman Catholic Church. [Page 1e]

Workers compensation

Workers compensation payments grew nearly three times faster in Maryland than the national average in 2003, according to a report released yesterday by the National Academy of Social Insurance. [Page 1e]

SPORTS@SUBHEDHernandez to keep pitching

One day after saying he might be done for the year, Washington Nationals pitcher Livan Hernandez says he'll delay surgery on his knee until after the season. The All-Star right-hander is 12-4 with a 3.44 ERA. [Page 1f]

NHL players OK labor deal

NHL players overwhelmingly approved a new collective bargaining agreement, virtually ending the lockout that canceled the 2004-05 season. The league's board of governors is expected to approve the contract today. [Page 2f]

Armstrong cruising in Tour

Lance Armstrong, virtually assured of his seventh consecutive Tour de France victory, maintains his nearly three-minute lead after the 18th stage. The race will end Sunday in Paris. [Page 3f]

TODAY ONLINE

LONDON BOMBING

Read archived coverage of London's struggle with subway and bus bombings that began two weeks ago: www.baltimoresun.com/london

ARTSCAPE

Get the lowdown on Baltimore's annual Artscape, its acts and schedules at www.baltimoresun.com/features

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"We want to build a positive image of Islam and Muslims. It's clear we still have a lot of work to do."

Ghazal Chughtai, executive director for a planned Islamic center and museum to be built on Baltimore's Howard Street (Article, Page 1B)

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