Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

August 07, 2005

NATIONAL

Scientists develop bird flu vaccine

Government scientists say they have successfully tested in people a vaccine that they believe can protect against the strain of avian influenza that is spreading in birds through Asia and Russia. About 112 people have also been infected, and 57 have died. [Page 1a]

Bereaved mother seeks accounting

Two senior White House aides met in Crawford, Texas, yesterday with the angry mother of a U.S. soldier killed in Iraq. But they rejected Cindy Sheehan's demand for a direct accounting from President Bush for the way he has conducted the war. [Page 7a]

Doormen join anti-terror fight

In New York, about 6,000 doormen, superintendents and other workers at residential buildings have received four hours of training from police in the basics of spotting terrorism, part of a nationwide trend to shore up defenses with citizen brigades. [Page 10a]

WORLD

British vessel attempts sub rescue

A small Russian submarine was freed today from its undersea entanglement off the Far East coast by an unmanned British rescue vehicle that cut away the nets that ensnared it. All seven crew members were alive, Russian news agencies and the U.S. Navy said. [Page 15a]

Jet investigators find deficiencies

Investigators trying to determine why an Air France jet skidded off a runway said yesterday that only four of the aircraft's eight doors and emergency exits were used to escape the burning jetliner, and that two emergency slides malfunctioned. [Page 15a]

Sudan's vice president buried

John Garang, the rebel-turned-peacemaker who led southern Sudan in a 21-year civil war, was buried yesterday amid an outpouring of grief but without the deadly violence that rocked the nation last week. Garang was killed July 30 in a helicopter crash, less than a month after being inaugurated as Sudan's first vice president. [Page 18a]

MARYLAND

Developers turn to Baltimore

After decades of lagging behind the suburbs, Baltimore has become a hot spot for new-home construction. More than 7,000 homes in major projects are in a planning pipeline that seems to swell every day as developers scramble to assemble tracts of land. [Page 1a]

Bias complaints mounting at SSA

Employees say the backlog of 274 discrimination cases points to persistent problems at the Social Security Administration in Woodlawn. Agency officials argue that perceptions of bias are outdated. In recent years, they say, the agency has made great strides in hiring and promoting minorities. [Page 1b]

School board pay debated

The resignation of the Carroll County school board's vice president has raised the question of whether board members in Maryland should be paid for the hours they invest in what traditionally have been part-time, quasi-volunteer positions. [Page 1b]

SPORTS

Survey: Palmeiro a long shot

In a Tribune Publishing survey, conducted among 147 of approximately 500 Baseball Writers' Association of America members, 20 percent of the respondents said they would vote to elect Orioles first baseman Rafael Palmeiro, who was suspended for 10 days Monday for testing positive for steroids. [Page 1e]

Ravens dominate in scrimmage

Deion Sanders recorded two sacks and Patrick Johnson caught the Ravens' only touchdown in their scrimmage against the Washington Redskins at M&T Bank Stadium. It was a dominating effort for the Ravens, although no official score was kept. [Page 1e]

BUSINESS

Chasing a paycheck, in Somerset

A year and a half after Daniel K. Thompson began trying to attract jobs and investment to Somerset County as its economic development director, he has reason for hope. Somerset had been stagnating for as long as anyone can remember, as Maryland's poorest and perhaps most isolated county. [Page 1d]

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"We still have an opportunity to do some things that will prevent a gentrification that turns this city into something that it was never meant to be -- and that is a city that isn't for everyone." Nolan V. Rollins, Greater Baltimore Urban League (Article, Page 1A)

TODAY ONLINE

PALMEIRO POLL

See the results of a Tribune poll of baseball's Hall of Fame voters on Rafael Palmeiro's prospects following a steroid scandal. For that article and archived coverage, go to www.baltimoresun.com/orioles

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