Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

August 05, 2005

NATIONAL

Espionage conspiracy alleged

Two former employees of the nation's most influential pro-Israel lobbying organization were indicted yesterday, accused of engaging in a five-year conspiracy to collect and disseminate U.S. defense secrets. [Page 3a]

Space shuttle cleared for return

The space shuttle Discovery's astronauts are safe to come home without further repairs to the ship's heat shielding, NASA managers decided yesterday. Engineers had debated whether to have the crew perform the mission's fourth space walk to deal with a torn thermal blanket beneath a window outside Discovery's flight deck. [Page 4a]

NIH ethical conflicts

Ethics officials at the National Institutes of Health often approved senior scientists' requests to moonlight for outside organizations without gathering adequate documentation to judge whether the arrangements posed conflicts of interest, federal inspectors have found. [Page 5a]

WORLD

Israeli kills 4 Arabs on bus

An Israeli army deserter wearing a military uniform opened fire yesterday aboard a bus carrying Arab passengers in northern Israel. Four Arabs were killed and at least a dozen were wounded before an angry crowd beat the gunman to death, Israeli authorities and witnesses said. [Page 1a]

Police blanket London

Six thousand police officers blanketed London yesterday, four weeks after blasts shattered subway cars and a bus, and two weeks since a second attempt to bomb the Underground. Meanwhile, Ayman al-Zawahri, Osama bin Laden's top aide, said in a videotaped message that Prime Minister Tony Blair's support of U.S. policies in the Mideast were to blame for the attacks. [Page 8a]

MARYLAND

Cabbie accused of terrorist links

Federal authorities arrested a Baltimore cab driver and accused him of conspiring to help the armed wing of a Pakistan-based religious organization. They alleged that Mahmuh Faruq Brent attended an overseas terrorist camp as part of his effort to help the group, labeled a terrorist organization by the U.S. State Department. [Page 1a]

Heat damages city roadway

The recent spate of high temperatures has forced Baltimore transportation officials to close the intersection of Baltimore and Eutaw streets for repairs until later today. The heat had softened the asphalt, causing it to squish under trucks and heavy vehicles. Temperatures reached 98 degrees at the Inner Harbor yesterday. [Page 1b]

Video used to ID witnesses

Baltimore police used images from a surveillance video to identify witnesses to the shooting death of a 21-year-old man. It was the first time that the cameras, which are being installed throughout the city, have helped in a murder investigation. Police said a witness seen on the tape provided information that led to an arrest. [Page 1b]

TODAY

Kidman coming to Baltimore

OK, she isn't even here yet. But for some Maryland businesses, it's never to early to suggest ways for actress Nicole Kidman to spend her time in Baltimore when she's away from the set of Invasion. [Page 1c]

CNN suspends Novak indefinitely

CNN suspended commentator Robert Novak indefinitely after he swore and walked off the set yesterday during a debate with Democratic operative James Carville on Florida's Senate campaign. Novak has been embroiled in controversy over his role in the leak of a covert CIA officer's identity. [Page 3c]

BUSINESS

Middle Branch development

With Baltimore home values soaring and developers eyeing Westport's shoreline for glitzy new development, investors have come calling on homeowners in struggling neighborhoods along the Middle Branch. But community leaders are countering with pitches of their own, cautioning homeowners not to sell: The issue isn't whether redevelopment is desirable, but who will profit. [Page 1a]

City redevelopment

Eight redevelopment projects in Baltimore will get $10 million worth of Maryland historic tax credits this fiscal year, marking the first time the program has pitted developers against each other in competition. Winners include the Maryland Trust Building at South Calvert and Redwood streets, being remade into a 97-room Marriott SpringHill Suites, and the redevelopment of the Fells Point Recreation Pier into a European-style boutique hotel. [Page 1e]

Aether may reinvent itself

Aether, which once employed 1,400 as a leading wireless communications company but now employs roughly 10 people as an investor in mortgage-backed securities, may be looking to reinvent itself yet again. [Page 1e]

SPORTS

Orioles win Perlozzo's debut, 4-1

Interim manager Sam Perlozzo guided the Orioles to a 4-1 victory over the host Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. The Orioles, who had lost eight in a row before firing manager Lee Mazzilli before the game, were led by Sammy Sosa's two-run homer. [Page 1f]

Celebration for Palmeiro called off

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