Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

July 23, 2005

NATIONAL

Focus of CIA leak probe shifts

The special prosecutor in the CIA leak investigation has shifted his focus from whether White House officials violated a law against exposing undercover agents to determining whether evidence exists to bring perjury or obstruction of justice charges, according to people briefed in recent days on the inquiry's status. [Page 3a]

N.Y. subways up security

New York subway riders submitted calmly yesterday as police inspected their bags and briefcases after the latest attacks on London's Underground. Some were skeptical, and some were critical, but most said they were glad for the extra security. [Page 3a]

GOP proposes energy fund

In a bid to remove the major stumbling block to passage of a long-debated energy legislation, House Republicans proposed yesterday the creation of a multibillion-dollar fund to pay for cleaning up water supplies fouled by a gasoline additive. [Page 6a]

WORLD

London police chased a man onto a subway train yesterday and fatally shot him in front of panicked passengers. Police said the man was connected to Thursday's attack. Two other men were arrested yesterday. [Page 1a]

U.N. criticizes Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe came under harsh international criticism yesterday in a United Nations report that condemned the country for creating a humanitarian crisis from its urban slum demolition project that has left 700,000 people homeless since May 19. [Page 7a]

MARYLAND

Towson dorm is not in plans

Towson University will not house students as part of a development planned for downtown Towson, school officials announced yesterday. The decision pleases residents who don't want a dormitory in the heart of the county seat. [Page 1b]

Police officer's trial nears close

A Baltimore police sergeant on trial in a federal drug case could learn his fate on Monday when a jury resumes deliberations. Sgt. Jeremiah Kelly is charged with obstruction of justice for allegedly helping a convicted drug dealer evade police. Kelly's defense lawyer argues that the officer was trying to turn the dealer into a confidential informant. [Page 1b]

Milford Mill man guilty of murder

A Milford Mill man was found guilty of murder yesterday in a killing that prosecutors said was planned by four friends to prevent a 15-year-old girl from testifying against one of them in a statutory rape case. The Baltimore County jury spent about six hours deliberating before finding Ogden E. "G-Wizz" Coleman guilty of first-degree murder. [Page 1b]

BUSINESS

Advancis stock plunges

Shares of Advancis Pharmaceutical Corp. of Germantown sank 17 percent to a new low of $1.45 yesterday on news that its lead product candidate, designed to deliver medicine in time-released bursts, had again failed to achieve its goals in clinical testing among children. [Page 8c]

Md. makes gains in job market

Maryland employers added 11,800 jobs last month, one of the best performances in the country, thanks to big gains in several of the state's strongest industries. [Page 8c]

UAW hires expert to probe GM

The United Auto Workers hired a team that includes Lazard Ltd., which worked on two of the largest U.S. bankruptcies, to help decide whether the union should bail out General Motors Corp. on health care costs after the company's $1.4 billion in first-half losses. [Page 8c]

TODAY

BSO shows no sign of disharmony

In its first performance since players protested the naming of new music director Marin Alsop, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra on Thursday night at Strathmore showed little sign of internal strife. Alsop was not on the podium for the concert. [Page 1d]

Couple wins `Today' wedding

Sweethearts Mark Dale and Sarah Raley of southern Maryland learned yesterday that they won the Today show's annual dream wedding contest. Their nationally televised wedding, courtesy of NBC, will be Sept. 16 in their hometown of Valley Lee in St. Mary's County. [Page 1d]

Curator Gilbert to leave BMA

Contemporary arts curator Chris Gilbert, who coordinated last year's landmark retrospective of African-American artist Kerry James Marshall, will leave the Baltimore Museum of Art in September. Gilbert joined the BMA in 2003. [Page 3d]

SPORTS

Devil Rays beat Orioles

Aubrey Huff hit his first career grand slam and Seth McClung won for the first time in two years as the Tampa Bay Devil Rays beat the Orioles, 7-5. Orioles manager Lee Mazzilli served his one-game suspension. Bench coach Sam Perlozzo managed in his absence. [Page 1c]

New wrinkles in trade talk

Several new wrinkles have emerged in the Orioles' two weeks-long pursuit of Florida Marlins pitcher A.J. Burnett, including potentially dealing beleaguered starter Sidney Ponson. However, the holdups apparently haven't changed. [Page 1c]

NHL owners approve deal

With a new labor agreement and new rules, the NHL began to launch the 2005-06 season after missing the 2004-05 season in a labor dispute. The NHL Board of Governors unanimously approved a new six-year collective bargaining agreement to end the lockout, one day after the NHL Players' Association ratified the deal. [Page 1c]

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"There's something going on under the surface in American politics. People are asking hard questions again. They're saying, `Is this the way we really want to be?'"

Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton speaking at the College Democrats' convention (Article, Page 1D)

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