Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

July 31, 2005

NATIONAL

Natural asbestos sitesFederal geologists have noted 324 sites in 15 Eastern states including Maryland that may contain naturally occurring asbestos. Though most experts say the risks to humans are minimal if the sites remain undisturbed, geologists and physicians said state and local agencies should monitor the sites. [Page 1a]

Bush faces tough sell

Congress gave President Bush victories last week on a Central American trade agreement, a sweeping energy measure and a popular highway bill. But he now faces the more difficult task of selling Congress on Social Security and immigration overhauls - possibly complicated by a potential fight over his Supreme Court nominee. [Page 1a]

WORLD

Iraq bomb attacks kill 9

Two British contractors in southern Iraq and seven people in Baghdad were killed in bomb attacks yesterday, as Iraqi constitution officials expressed doubts about meeting their August deadline. [Page 12a]

London terror case suspect

The man suspected in the London transit bombings arrested in Rome made an initial court appearance yesterday, and there were indications that he would fight extradition to Britain. [Page 15a]

MARYLAND

Convention hotel gains leverage

With only hours left before the first key vote on Baltimore's proposed publicly financed convention center hotel, a whirlwind weekend of dealing and strategizing appeared late yesterday to have built enough support for the project to advance. [Page 1b]

Crime in Prince George's Co.

A steep rise in every category of violent crime, including homicides and robberies, has left suburban Prince George's County struggling with some of the same urban ills troubling its neighbor, Washington, and Baltimore. [Page 1b]

SPORTS

Orioles fall below .500

A.J. Pierzynski and Jermaine Dye hit successive homers in a four-run eighth inning, and the Chicago White Sox rallied to beat the Orioles, 9-6. The defeat dropped the Orioles (51-52) under .500 for the first time since April 9. Orioles starter Daniel Cabrera left the game in the second inning after being struck on the back of his pitching hand by a line drive. X-rays were negative, and the injury was determined to be a bruise. [Page 1e]

Crocker tops Phelps in 100 fly

Ian Crocker set a world record in the final of the 100-meter butterfly at the FINA World Championships in Montreal, finishing in 50.40 seconds. Michael Phelps of Rodgers Forge, who beat Crocker in the same event at the Olympics in Athens, finished more than 1.2 seconds behind in second place. [Page 1e]

Burnett shuts down Nationals

A.J. Burnett, making his final start before today's trade deadline, pitched seven dominant innings to win his third start in a row, as the Florida Marlins defeated the slumping Washington Nationals, 3-0. The Nationals have lost a season-high six consecutive games and 18 of 23. [Page 10e]

BUSINESS

A boon for car buyers?

General Motors is scheduled to bring its "employee pricing" program to a close tomorrow. But in a move that could affect dealer profits and alter the way people buy cars, GM says it will reduce the manufacturer's suggested retail price on many 2006 models and throw in more options for the same money. [Page 1d]

TODAY

Clothes with a conscience

American Apparel, which opened a store in Federal Hill this month, has become successful by making "sweatshop free" clothes, paying its workers decent wages, and taking advantage of the fact that people are willing to protect the environment and help the underprivileged if they can look good and not pay too much doing it. [Page 1n]

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"We're going to lock up every thug we can find. Nothing less will be tolerated."

Prince George's County Police Chief Melvin High, on the county's crime spike (Article, Page 1B)

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