Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

August 06, 2005

NATIONAL

Defeat urged for death penalty bill

Chief justices of state courts have urged the U.S. Senate not to pass a bill aimed at speeding death penalty appeals. The resolution passed overwhelmingly by the Conference of Chief Justices this week was the latest opposition to the Streamlined Procedures Act, introduced in the Senate. [Page 3a]

Illegal immigrants trespass?

A judge heard lawyers for a police department argue yesterday that stopping illegal immigrants in their vehicles and arresting them for criminal trespass was a novel and legally valid way to promote public safety and protect national borders. [Page 4a]

WORLD

Blair proposes restrictions

Prime Minister Tony Blair proposed strict anti-terrorism measures yesterday that would allow Britain to expel foreigners who preach hatred, close mosques and bar entry to Muslim radicals. [Page 1a]

Sailors trapped on Russian sub

Seven sailors aboard a miniature Russian submarine that sank off the Kamchatka Peninsula on Thursday were still trapped in the cold, dark waters of the North Pacific early today, as their air supply steadily dwindled. [Page 7a]

MARYLAND

Sex offender registries vary

A survey by The Sun of the state's 23 counties and Baltimore City reveals a wide range of policies to verify the accuracy of the registry for the state's 4,300 convicted sex offenders. [Page 1a]

MARC apologizes for lateness

In an e-mail to riders, the state's MARC commuter train service has apologized to its Penn Line passengers for "major service disruptions" as a result of malfunctioning locomotives. [Page 1b]

SPORTS

Clayton, Ravens agree

Rookie wide receiver Mark Clayton's five-day holdout ended last night, when the first-round pick agreed in principle on a five-year deal with the Ravens. Clayton plans to report to training camp today, when he will officially sign his contract. Terms of the deal were not available last night. [Page 1c]

O's make it 2-0 under Perlozzo

Jay Gibbons and Brian Roberts homered during a six-run third inning as the Orioles stayed unbeaten in two games under interim manager Sam Perlozzo with a 10-5 victory over the Texas Rangers. The Orioles hadn't won consecutive games since reeling off four in a row beginning July 9. [Page 1c]

BUSINESS

200,000 jobs added in summer

U.S. employers cranked up hiring in July, adding more than 200,000 jobs in a summertime show of confidence in the economy's staying power. The unemployment rate held steady at 5 percent. The report released by the Labor Department yesterday raised hopes that job opportunities will continue to expand. [Page 1a]

DSL an information service

Federal regulators unanimously agreed yesterday to relax regulations on phone companies' high-speed Internet services, a decision cheered by Bell companies but booed by consumer advocates. The Federal Communications Commission voted 4-0 to reclassify digital subscriber lines (DSL) as an information service that would be far less regulated that traditional phone service. [Page 10c]

TODAY

Canton pool a night spot

The pool at the Merritt Athletic Club in Canton is masquerading this summer as the Aqua Lounge, a Saturday-night-only party spot that purports to be the 180,000-gallon watering hole of Baltimore's beautiful people. [Page 1d]

MARKETS

DOW

-52078

10,558.03 NASDAQ

-13.41

2,177.91

S&P 500

-9.44

1,226.42

SUNINDEX

-3.16

324.58

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"We're pulling off something that Baltimore has never seen. All we're selling is a feeling."

Maura Smith, owner of Aqua Lounge in Canton (Article, Page 1D)

TODAY ONLINE

WEATHER WATCH

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RAVENS CAMP

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