Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

July 30, 2005

NATIONAL

Hopeful on stem-cell research

Advocates of more government spending for embryonic stem-cell research said a turnabout by Senate Republican Leader Bill Frist has the potential to change the outcome in Congress and, they hope, influence President Bush to change his mind, too. [Page 1a]

Energy-policy overhaul completed

Congress completed work yesterday on President Bush's cherished goal of the first overhaul of national energy policy in more than a decade and also passed sweeping highway and mass transit legislation that will send nearly $300 billion to the states. [Page 3a]

NASA chief commited to shuttle

National Aeronautics and Space Administration chief Michael D. Griffin reaffirmed his commitment to the space shuttle program yesterday and took personal responsibility for the foam problems that have a put a damper on the Discovery mission. [Page 6a]

WORLD

3 arrested in botched attacks

The three remaining suspects in the July 21 botched transit attacks in London were arrested yesterday. Two were arrested in police raids in London, while the third was arrested by authorities in Rome. [Page 1a]

Russians consider moon orbiter

Russian officials are contemplating launching a Soyuz capsule on an orbit around the moon. To help alleviate the cost of the mission, the Russians hope to sell one of the three seats aboard the cramped Soviet-era capsule for $100 million. [Page 7a]

MARYLAND

Juvenile center being investigated

The U.S. Justice Department has launched an investigation into claims of mistreatment of youths, inadequate staffing and other problems at the state-run Baltimore City Juvenile Justice Center, state officials confirmed yesterday. [Page 1a]

State, city educators still at odds

The State Department of Education and city school officials continue to bicker as federal auditors move to examine Medicaid billing records of 20 Maryland school systems. City school officials blamed the state for its billing problems and a state official said the city system is unstable. [Page 1b]

Fire damages the Lady Baltimore

The Lady Baltimore, a popular party boat that has plied Inner Harbor waters for the past 20 years, was damaged in a fire while docked at the Light Street Pavilion. Its owners were forced to cancel about 2,000 reservations, costing the company $250,000. [Page 1b]

SPORTS

O's trade for Byrnes, lose, 7-2

The Orioles dealt outfielder Larry Bigbie to the Colorado Rockies for outfielder Eric Byrnes and lost the opener of a four-game series with the Chicago White Sox, 7-2. Byrnes is hitting .249 this season with seven homers and 29 RBIs. [Page 1c]

Phelps helps win 800 relay gold

A strong leadoff leg by Olympic star Michael Phelps of Rodgers Forge led the U.S. men's 800-meter freestyle relay team to an American record and gold medal at the FINA World Championships with a time of 7 minutes, 6.58 seconds. [Page 3c]

Woods ties career best with 61

Tiger Woods shot an 11-under-par 61 in the second round of the Buick Open, matching the best score of his career and the tournament record. In other golf news, Arnold Palmer missed the cut at the U.S. Senior Open and announced that he will no longer play in major tournaments. [Page 3c]

BUSINESS

Another union leaves AFL-CIO

The United Food and Commercial Workers joined the Teamsters and Service Workers in abandoning the AFL-CIO, depriving the labor federation of three of its largest unions and close to $28 million of its estimated $120 million budget. [Page 8c]

Constellation Energy sales go up

Constellation Energy Group reported that its second-quarter sales climbed but net income dropped, and it made its first foray into gas production as part of its strategy to be a diversified energy powerhouse. [Page 8c]

Pharmaceutical firm cuts jobs

Advancis Pharmaceutical Corp. of Germantown eliminated 38 percent of its staff, including its No. 2 executive and five other officers, after its strep throat and laryngitis treatment proved less effective than penicillin. [Page 8c]

TODAY

Hecht's situation hadn't been good

Hecht's - the last of the four homegrown department stores that once dominated Baltimore's retail landscape - already was heading toward oblivion when its parent company announced this week that its stores would be converted into Macy's, and the Hecht's name would vanish. [Page 1d]

Teixeira comes home, torments O's

For Texas Rangers All-Star Mark Teixeira, this week's visit to Camden Yards was a chance to sleep in his old Severna Park bedroom and catch up with old friends as well as beat up the home team, the Orioles. [Page 1d]

Julia Roberts bound for Broadway

Julia Roberts will make her Broadway debut in the spring in a revival of Richard Greenberg's family drama Three Days of Rain. Roberts gave birth to twins in December. [Page 2d]

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"There was nothing special, no excitement in the company. No special reason to go to the Hecht company."

Mark Millman, president of the Millman Search Group, a retail consulting firm (Article, Page 1D)

MARKETS

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