Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

August 08, 2005

NATIONAL

Death penalty condemnation

Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens steered the debate over President Bush's nominee to a new subject: capital punishment, sharply condemning the country's death penalty system. [Page 3a]

Avian flu vaccine production

Mass production of a vaccine that scientists believe can protect against an avian flu outbreak could begin as early as mid-September, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases said yesterday. [Page 3a]

Breast tumors found smaller

Much of the improvement in breast cancer survival rates in recent years is because the average tumor is smaller, not just because treatments are so much better, a wide-ranging new study has found. [Page 5a]

WORLD

Israeli finance minister resigns

Days before Israel is set to begin moving thousands of settlers from the Gaza Strip, Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's chief political rival, Finance Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, resigned yesterday to protest the withdrawal plan, saying the government was acting with "complete blindness." [Page 1a]

Rescued Russians greeted

Pale but smiling, the seven Russians rescued from a stricken miniature submarine marched down the gangplank of a navy ship yesterday to the green shores of the Kamchatka Peninsula, where their countrymen greeted them with a mixture of joy, annoyance and embarrassment. [Page 1a]

MARYLAND

Roundabout proposed in Essex

Maryland highway officials are proposing the largest roundabout in the state at a troublesome Baltimore County crossroads, Route 702 and Hyde Park Road in Essex. If completed, the $2 million venture would be the state's 41st circular intersection built in the past decade. A hearing on the proposal, which some residents have criticized, will be held tomorrow. [Page 1b]

District Court judge is retiring

After 16 years as a District Court judge - mostly on the bench in Annapolis but including five years as the chief of the state District Court system - Martha F. Rasin is scheduled to retire today. [Page 1b]

TODAY

Benefit at Center Stage

Tonight, actor James Brown-Orleans and Joe Jones, president and founder of the nonprofit Center for Fathers, Families and Workforce Development, will share the stage with fathers and their children in the final number of The Rising of the Son, a benefit for the group, performed by Lion King cast members at Center Stage. [Page 1c]

West side condo project to open

The historic Rombro Building at 22 Howard St., a six-story, cast-iron-fronted former warehouse, is scheduled to reopen early next year as the Rombro Lofts. The $6 million conversion is one of the first condominium projects to be started on the west side of downtown Baltimore, where more than $1 billion in redevelopment projects are under way or planned. [Page 1c]

Business side of Graceland sold

Lisa Marie Presley has sold the business side of Graceland, her father's estate, worrying fans who flock to Memphis each year to commemorate The King's death Aug. 16, 1977. Lisa Marie Presley got $50 million-plus at the sale; her mother, Priscilla, got $6.5 million and a 10-year consulting contract. [Page 1c]

SPORTS

Orioles lose to Rangers, 9-3

Orioles interim manager Sam Perlozzo lost his second straight game since taking charge as the Orioles fell to the Texas Rangers, 9-3. Starting pitcher Sidney Ponson left in the third inning with a strained right calf muscle, and first baseman B.J. Surhoff left in the eighth with a strained left groin muscle. [Page 1d]

Stewart finally wins at Indy

Tony Stewart won NASCAR's Allstate 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. That ended nine years of frustration and heartbreak on the track he calls his "Holy Grail." [Page 1d]

TODAY ONLINE

SHUTTLE DISCOVERY

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