Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

July 25, 2005

NATIONAL

Unions poised to quit AFL-CIO

In a mark of organized labor's badly broken solidarity, four major unions said yesterday they would boycott the AFL-CIO's Chicago convention, and three appear poised to bolt the federation that has loosely bound the nation's unions together. [Page 1a]

Some Roberts papers withheld

Defying Senate Democrats, the Bush administration will withhold some documents written by Supreme Court nominee John G. Roberts Jr. while he worked for Republican administrations, advisers to the White House said. The documents will be withheld on grounds of attorney-client privilege, they said on Sunday news shows. [Page 3a]

WORLD

U.S., N. Korea to meet this week

The United States and North Korea will resume meeting this week during a new round of six-nation talks over Pyongyang's nuclear program. Each side appears anxious to see whether the other is prepared to drop its confrontational stance and make a deal. [Page 5a]

Suicide bomber in Iraq kills 22

A suicide bomber detonated a truck packed with explosives outside a police station in Baghdad, Iraq, killing at least 22 people in the country's deadliest attack in a week. Separate attacks killed a U.S. soldier and a Marine, the U.S. military said. [Page 5a]

MARYLAND

Hearing to look at group homes

State lawmakers plan to hold a hearing this week that will focus on complaints about the effect of children's group homes on neighborhoods. Maryland officials have opposed an overhaul of the group home system, saying they are taking steps to strengthen the licensing and monitoring of the homes. [Page1a]

No change after mercury talks

A meeting with top federal environmental officials that the Ehrlich administration hoped would lead to tighter controls on mercury air pollution has produced no changes, state and federal officials said. A spokesman for the governor said discussions between the state and the EPA are continuing. [Page 1b]

Giving voice to Artscape

Contestants in Baltimore's annual Billie Holiday Vocal Competition performed yesterday at Artscape. This was the first year the contest honoring the legendary jazz singer was conducted as part of the three-day festival. [Page 1b]

TODAY

From BSO hiring to Fla. beach

A day after signing a contract, and with the music world still buzzing about the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra's new music director (as of 2007), Marin Alsop hit the beach. But not for vacation. She headed to Daytona Beach, Fla., to lead the London Symphony Orchestra's first two programs in the 2005 Florida International Festival. [Page1c]

Artscape may top 1.5 million

With near-perfect weather, Baltimore pulled out all the stops this weekend to celebrate its 24th annual Artscape. The three-day event of music, art and food drew perhaps even more than last year's estimated 1.5 million visitors, said William Gilmore of the Baltimore Office of Promotion. [Page 1c]

"Charlie," "Crashers" still on top

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Wedding Crashers held off a rush of new releases to retain the top spots at the box office. Michael Bay's cloning thriller The Island and the remake of the baseball comedy The Bad News Bears both debuted weakly. [Page 3c]

SPORTS

Armstrong wins 7th Tour in row

Lance Armstrong closed out his career with a seventh consecutive Tour de France victory. Armstrong, whose sixth win last year set a record, capped a career in which he came back from cancer to dominate cycling's most prestigious race. [Page 1a, 1d]

Devil Rays sweep Orioles

The Orioles were held to four hits as the Tampa Bay Devil Rays completed a three-game sweep, 6-2. The Orioles have lost five straight and finished their road trip at 3-7 after winning the first two games. [Page1d]

O's make pitch to Nevin

Orioles manager Lee Mazzilli and infielder Chris Gomez spoke by phone to first baseman Phil Nevin, whom the San Diego Padres have agreed to trade to the Orioles for pitcher Sidney Ponson pending Nevin's approval. Nevin has until 9 p.m. tomorrow to decide. [Page1d]

Phelps fails to qualify for event

Olympian Michael Phelps of Rodgers Forge failed to qualify for the final of the 400-meter freestyle, which he has little international experience in, at the FINA World Championships in Montreal. It was the first time he has failed to advance to a final in international competition. [Page1d]

QUOTE OF THE DAY

'Violetville, Arbutus - this is the real America, hard-working people who raise their kids and make good things happen. We want to make their lives a little better. They deserve it."

Anne Marie Feigner, on why softball legend Eddie "The King' Feigner and his Court have kept up a draining schedule visiting towns all these years (Article, Page 1C)

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