Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

August 04, 2005

WORLD

14 Marines, Iraqi killed by bomb

Fourteen Marines and their Iraqi interpreter were killed yesterday when their vehicle struck a roadside bomb in western Iraq. The Marines were from the same Ohio-based unit that lost six others in an ambush on Monday. [Page 1a]

Group to halt attacks on Israelis

Islamic Jihad, the Palestinian militant group, promised yesterday that it would stop firing rockets at Israelis as the planned Israeli withdrawal from the Gaza Strip nears. The pledge came after a botched missile barrage killed a 5-year-old Palestinian boy. [Page 12a]

HEALTH & SCIENCE

South Koreans clone a puppy

South Korean stem cell scientists have again smashed a biological barrier and re-ignited an ethical debate, spending three years to produce another cloned animal - a puppy. The researchers say they cloned an Afghan hound to help find cures for human diseases and improve techniques to clone stem cells for use in human therapies. [Page 1a]

West Nile infection breakthrough

Screening blood donations for the West Nile virus to prevent its spread has proved remarkably effective, though a few contaminated units have been missed, according to reports on the first two years of testing. [Page 7a]

NATIONAL

Roberts helped in gay rights case

Supreme Court nominee John G. Roberts Jr. worked behind the scenes for a coalition of gay rights activists, and his legal expertise helped them convince the Supreme Court to issue a landmark 1996 ruling protecting people against discrimination because of their sexual orientation. [Page 3a]

Brain-dead new mother dies

A brain-dead woman who was kept alive for three months so she could deliver the child she was carrying was removed from life support yesterday and died, a day after giving birth. [Page 6a]

MARYLAND

100th defendant in flipping probe

The 100th defendant in a years-long investigation into illegal property flipping in Baltimore is to be sentenced today as authorities announce that the scheme has largely dissipated. They attribute the decline to aggressive prosecution and a real estate market that makes such schemes less appealing. [Page 1b]

Judge denies motion for new trial

A Circuit Court judge denied a motion for a new trial in the case of a city man convicted in 1998 in a case that hinged on gunshot residue evidence that his attorneys say is unreliable. The ruling by means that Tyrone Jones will not get a retrial on his conviction for conspiracy to commit murder. [Page 1b]

SPORTS

Congress to probe possible perjury

A House committee is investigating whether the Orioles' Rafael Palmeiro committed perjury in testifying March 17 that he never used steroids. The perjury investigation was triggered by Monday's announcement that Palmeiro has tested positive for a steroid, later determined to be stanozolol. [Page 1a]

O's say they haven't quit

The Orioles say that, despite 15 losses in 17 games, no one has quit. "Who in their right mind is going to go out there and quit?" second baseman Brian Roberts said. [Page 1c]

Hall of Fame jockey Day retiring

Hall of Fame jockey Pat Day is retiring after 8,804 victories. Day, who won five Preakness races at Pimlico, is the career money leader with purses totaling $297,941,912. [Page 8c]

BUSINESS

AOL answering to unit's actions

America Online Inc., which centered an advertising campaign on its efforts to protect people from Internet intrusions, found itself answering for its Baltimore subsidiary that was accused of illegally installing spyware on people's computers under the guise that it was providing spyware protection. [Page 1d]

Developer seeks new business hub

A peninsula in South Baltimore that once was the site of asphalt refining and storage could become a hub for the type of businesses being squeezed from Baltimore's waterfronts. Plans by a developer are seen as important by officials as other waterfront tracts are becoming communities of upscale condominiums and townhouses. [Page 1d]

MCI to close telemarketing center

MCI Corp. confirmed yesterday that it will be shutting its Hunt Valley telemarketing center - a move that will result in 300 lost jobs by the end of next month and bring down the curtain on a facility that just five years ago employed 1,200 people. [Page 1d]

TODAY

Sci-fi film will be shot in Baltimore

Starting late next month, Baltimore will once again stand in as Washington - or perhaps star as itself in a cameo - as another Hollywood production takes up residence in the city. Invasion, the story of an alien presence among us, will star Nicole Kidman. [Page 1e]

`Murderball' opens tomorrow

As film documentaries become the height of cool, the subjects of the films - like Murderball, which opens tomorrow - are turning into stars. Murderball is the story of no-holds-barred, quadriplegic rugby players. [Page 1e]

The specific rules of online dating

In online dating as well as commerce, advertising your best assets is essential, says Marcia Calhoun, a marketing specialist at an architectural firm in Washington. Calhoun, a veteran of online dating, offers specific rules. Lying outright is not among them. [Page 1e]

TODAY ONLINE

IRAQ CASUALTIES

Get archived coverage of the Iraq conflict, including photo and multimedia galleries. www.baltimoresun.com/iraq

REEBOK/ADDIDAS DEAL

Post your comments on the $3.8 billion Adidas bid to buy Reebok and its effect on the market. www.baltimoresun.com/shoedeal

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"It looks like this big patient is cured."

Discovery astronaut Steve Robinson after performing repairs on the space shuttle (Article, Page 3A)

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