Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

August 03, 2005

WORLD

8 U.S. troops killed in west Iraq

Eight American troops were killed in a series of car bombs and an ambush in fierce fighting in western Iraq, the U.S. military announced yesterday. [Page 1a]

309 survive jet crash in Toronto

An Air France jetliner landing in Toronto skidded off a runway yesterday in a thunderstorm and slid into a wooded ravine. The 309 people on board escaped moments before the plane burst into flames. Twenty-four suffered minor injuries, authorities said. [Page 1a]

NATIONAL

Roberts stresses role of precedent

In a questionnaire submitted to the Senate panel that will consider him for the Supreme Court, Judge John G. Roberts Jr. stressed the importance of precedent. The comment could help gauge his views on cases, including challenges to Roe v. Wade, because precedent plays a role in promoting stability of the legal system. [Page 1a]

Emergency repairs on Discovery

Discovery's astronauts were to make emergency repairs today to the fragile underside of the shuttle, removing dangling pieces of fabric that could pose a danger on its return to Earth. Astronaut Steve Robinson will try to pull the fabric out by hand. If that fails, he'll use a hacksaw fashioned out of items found aboard Discovery. [Page 3a]

Forecasters predict more storms

As if last month wasn't bad enough, federal hurricane forecasters raised their outlook, predicting that this season could spawn as many as 21 tropical storms and 11 hurricanes, with seven becoming intense storms. [Page 7a]

MARYLAND

Prosecutor is probing liquor board

The state prosecutor's office has launched an investigation of the Baltimore Board of Liquor License Commissioners, which has been racked by infighting and allegations of corruption. Nathan C. Irby Jr., the board's executive secretary, is scheduled to meet with the prosecutor today. [Page 1a]

Scoutmaster charged in porn case

An Annapolis man involved with the Boy Scouts for more than six decades, most recently as a Scoutmaster in a poor South Baltimore neighborhood, has been charged with taking nude photographs of a 9-year-old girl. The man, 79, was suspended from his paid position with the Scouts and was being held on $200,000 bail. [Page 1b]

New trial sought in 1998 shooting

Tyrone Jones and public defenders argued in court that he deserves a new trial in a 1998 East Baltimore shooting. Jones was convicted of conspiracy to commit murder largely on the basis of gunshot residue evidence, which his attorneys argue is unreliable and might have been contaminated. [Page 1b]

TODAY

Shampoo BMA's art carefully

For caretakers at the Baltimore Museum of Art, it takes all summer to get 34 outdoor sculptures cleaned and preserved. Yesterday, it was time for Alexander Calder's The 100 Yard Dash to have its annual bath. But how do you shampoo a 20-foot-tall masterpiece? "Very carefully," conservator Lauren Ross said. [Page 1c]

Newborn panda in D.C. zoo is male

It's a boy! Veterinarians at the National Zoo in Washington have determined the sex of the newborn giant panda, getting their first close look at the cub yesterday. [Page 2c]

Aniston talks about Pitt

Jennifer Aniston told Vanity Fair that she was aware of husband Brad Pitt's attraction to Angelina Jolie, his Mr. and Mrs. Smith co-star, but doesn't blame their split on Jolie. She said she was hurt by a fashion spread in W magazine that showed Pitt and Jolie as a 1960s-style married couple. [Page 3c]

BUSINESS

Bank to pay Enron investors

Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce agreed yesterday to pay $2.4 billion to Enron investors who had sued the banking company for its part in the massive accounting fraud that led to the collapse of the failed energy giant. [Page 1d]

180s reinvented itself as company

180s had the ingredients of a company that had made it big, building a following by refashioning products such as earmuffs and sunglasses with design twists. But behind the scenes, the Baltimore company felt a need to reinvent itself. An investment company is majority owner and brought in a new chief executive officer last month. [Page 1d]

SPORTS

Palmeiro said to fail May drug test

While Rafael Palmeiro chased historic hit No. 3,000 last month, he did so with the knowledge that he had failed a drug test. A source familiar with the time frame said Palmeiro tested positive for a steroid in May and appealed the ruling in June. He had to wait for a decision as he neared the 3,000-hit plateau, which he reached July 15 in Seattle. [Page 1a]

Sanders never flunked drug test

Ravens defensive back Deion Sanders acknowledged unknowingly testing positive for a banned substance after hurting his ankle in a basketball game before he signed with the Ravens. But Sanders never failed a drug test, Ravens officials said. The substance he used to help the ankle heal was not an illegal one despite his characterization. [Page 8e]

Angels rout reeling O's, 10-1

Vladimir Guerrero homered twice and drove in five runs as the Los Angeles Angels sent the sputtering Orioles to their season-worst seventh straight loss, 10-1. The Orioles fell to 9 1/2 games back in the American League East. [Page 1e]

Q&A ON STEROIDS ISSUE

Get complete coverage of Major League Baseball's steroid scandal, including a Q&A with Sun sports editor Randy Harvey. www.baltimoresun.com/steroids

O'MALLEY SPEECH

Read the full text of Mayor Martin O'Malley's speech at the National Press Club. www.baltimoresun.com/speech

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"I think if my daughter gets any older, she will not be able to find a good one."

Liu Huiqing, a worried mother who is secretly seeking a mate for her 25-year-old daughter at a popular matchmaking event at a Beijing park (Article, Page 1A)

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