Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

July 27, 2005

NATIONAL

Launch puts NASA back in orbit

With the thunderous roar of 7.5 million pounds of thrust, equivalent to the power of a small nuclear device, the United States re-launched its era of space flight yesterday, sending seven astronauts into orbit aboard the space shuttle Discovery. [Page 1a]

Files released on Roberts

As a young lawyer in the Justice Department at the beginning of Ronald Reagan's presidency, Judge John G. Roberts Jr. advocated judicial restraint on the issues of the day, many of which remain topical, documents released yesterday by the National Archives show. The documents released yesterday were the files that he kept from September 1981 to November 1982, when he was special assistant to Attorney General William French Smith. [Page 3a]

Senate is likely to pass gun law

The Senate appears poised to pass a top priority of the National Rifle Association this week, legislation that would shield the gun industry from lawsuits arising from the misuse of their weapons. Gun manufacturers have pressed for years for such a law. [Page 5a]

WORLD

Egyptian identified as suspect

Authorities identified an Egyptian as a possible suicide bomber from the weekend attacks in Sharm el-Sheik. Security officials also revealed that they had received information of an imminent attack several days before the weekend blasts, but they believed casinos would be targeted. [Page 10a]

U.S., N. Korea meet on nukes

The Bush administration appeared to show signs of new flexibility in talks with North Korea yesterday. U.S. and North Korean diplomats met at length to discuss how aid or energy assistance may be provided to the North as it begins the process of dismantling its nuclear arms program. [Page 10a]

MARYLAND

Landlord's license is revoked

After years of trying to stanch drug dealing and gun violence at the Pall Mall Apartments in Northwest Baltimore, the city's trying a new approach: It's going after the landlord. In a rare move, city housing officials decided yesterday to revoke the 31-unit building's multi-family dwelling license because they determined it had become a drug nuisance. [Page 1a]

Ranking Md. children's well-being

Maryland has had a slight increase in teen deaths and low-birth weight babies, while posting significant gains in the prevention of child poverty and births to teen mothers, according to a report to be released today by the Baltimore-based Annie E. Casey Foundation. The Casey Foundation annually rank states' efforts to ensure the well-being of children. [Page 1b]

Rove headlines Steele fundraiser

Last night, Karl Rove headlined a fundraiser for Lt. Gov. Michael S. Steele Steele, an expected candidate for U.S. Senate in 2006. Rove's presence at the closed-door event at the National Republican Senatorial Committee headquarters sent Democrats into a frenzy. [Page 1b]

TODAY

War drama premieres tonight

Over There, the new drama about the war in Iraq from executive producers Steven Bochco and Chris Gerolmo, is daring, unsettling and also gripping. It debuts tonight at 10 on cable channel FX. [Page 1c]

`TV Guide' to change its format

TV Guide will adopt a full-size, full-color format with more stories about TV shows and will have fewer listings starting with its Oct. 17 issue. The changes come as TV Guide struggles to remain relevant in an age where many viewers get their listings from television or the Internet. [Page 2c]

BUSINESS

Cardin's against trade agreement

Rep. Benjamin L. Cardin will cast his first vote against a trade agreement during almost two decades in Congress later this week. Cardin, a candidate for the U.S. Senate, said he would break a long streak of supporting free-trade arrangements because the Central America Free Trade Agreement doesn't do enough to promote the rights of overseas workers. [Page 1d]

Legg Mason stock falls short

Legg Mason Inc., poised to become the fifth-largest money manager in the world, saw its stock tumble yesterday after its earnings report fell short of Wall Street expectations. Stock in the Baltimore-based investment firm dropped nearly 8 percent -- the second-worst performer yesterday among financial companies in the Russell 3000 Index. [Page 1d]

The big NeighborCare payout

Executives and directors who have led NeighborCare Inc. through its year-and-a-half as a free-standing Baltimore company stand to collect more than $38 million in severance payments and cash-outs of stock options when the company is sold, according to a filing yesterday with the federal government. [Page 1d]

SPORTS

Orioles end six-game slide

Javy Lopez came back after nearly two months of inactivity because of a broken hand and drove a tiebreaking, bases-empty homer in the eighth inning to lead the Orioles over the visiting Texas Rangers, 5-4. The victory broke a six-game losing streak. [Page 1e]

Phelps swims to second gold

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