Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

August 09, 2005

WORLD

Iran restarts nuclear activities

Defying European and U.S. threats, Iran resumed uranium processing yesterday, setting up a new confrontation with the West over its nuclear program. The board of governors of the International Atomic Energy Agency, the U.N.'s nuclear watchdog, was to hold an emergency meeting today. [Page 1a]

Ex-U.N. official pleads guilty

A former United Nations official pleaded guilty yesterday to soliciting hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes from companies seeking U.N. contracts, the U.S. Attorney's office in New York said. Secretary-General Kofi Annan waived diplomatic immunity for Alexander Yakovlev, a senior procurement officer. [Page 10a]

Sandstorm delays Iraqi meeting

A blinding sandstorm slowed traffic in Baghdad to a crawl yesterday, forced cancellation of a key meeting on the Iraqi constitution and sent hundreds of people to the hospital with breathing problems. High winds had whipped up desert sands overnight. [Page 10a]

NATIONAL

Publisher of Ebony, Jet dies at 87

John H. Johnson, the innovative publisher of Ebony and Jet magazines who countered mid-20th century publishing stereotypes by providing positive coverage of blacks in mass-marketed publications, died yesterday at a Chicago hospital at age 87. [Page 1a]

NASA wants shuttle to land today

With electrical supplies dwindling on the Discovery, NASA officials said that they are determined to bring the space shuttle down safely early today, despite unpredictable weather at the primary landing site in Florida. Other possible landing sites are in California and New Mexico. [Page 3a]

NARAL releases anti-Roberts ad

John G. Roberts Jr.'s 1991 arguments in a case involving the right of protesters to block access to abortion clinics emerged yesterday as a central point of contention between opponents and supporters of his nomination to the Supreme Court. NARAL Pro-Choice America released the first anti-Roberts ad, highlighting his role. [Page 6a]

MARYLAND

`New' Hampden upsets residents

Many Hampden residents are upset by artists and professionals moving into the quaint North Baltimore community. The influx has sent housing prices soaring, and developers have plans for upscale housing. Meanwhile, longtime residents are worried that Hampden will lose its blue-collar charm. [Page 1a]

DNA expert links victims, suspects

A Baltimore police DNA expert testified yesterday that the blood of three children killed last year and genetic material consistent with the two men on trial for the killings were recovered from four pieces of clothing. Prosecutors say the DNA evidence connects the two men to the crime. [Page 1b]

Pakistani man to face charges

A Pakistani man will face federal charges today related to selling fake immigration documents after being picked up during a routine traffic stop in Baltimore County. When police checked his name, he turned up on a terrorism-related database, according to federal officials. [Page 1b]

SPORTS

Pitching move expected by Orioles

The absence of a long reliever is forcing the struggling Orioles to make a roster move. The team plans to fill that role today, said Jim Beattie, executive vice president. [Page 1c]

Williams wins women's 100

Olympic silver medalist Lauryn Williams won the gold medal in the 100 meters at the world track and field championships in Helsinki, Finland. The victory gave the United States a sweep of the 100 at the worlds. [Page 2c]

BUSINESS

Gasoline prices at all-time high

Average gasoline prices hit an all-time high last week -- although not adjusted for inflation -- of almost $2.37 for regular unleaded. That's up almost 8 cents from a week ago and close to 50 cents from late last year. Experts expect that several factors will continue to drive up the price of gasoline. [Page 1a]

Fed expected to raise rates again

The Federal Reserve is expected to increase short-term interest rates today for the 10th consecutive time, raising questions about when this 15-month cycle of quarter-point increases will draw to a close. The Fed has been nudging up short-term rates since June 2004 to keep a lid on inflation, which erodes consumer purchasing power. [Page 1d]

Aon to keep employees downtown

Aon Corp. will keep its 180 Baltimore employees downtown in a deal to become the third anchor tenant in the Inner Harbor's newest office tower -- the latest signal of an eastward expansion of the central business district. The company said it plans to move its local office next winter to 500 E. Pratt St. [Page 1d]

TODAY

Film rushes Baltimore's autumn

On a lush green Baltimore street, autumn set in yesterday, courtesy of local filming for the independent comedy Rocket Science. Dead leaves were trucked in and fall-colored shrubbery was strategically placed to hide the summer foliage. [Page 1e]

Making choice to replace Jennings

The choice of anchorman Peter Jennings' successor will have major financial consequences for ABC and could deeply affect the journalistic future of television news in general, analysts said yesterday. It is widely expected that Charles Gibson will succeed Jennings, who died Sunday. But the choice might not be that easy. [Page 1e]

TODAY ONLINE

SHUTTLE DISCOVERY

Get updates and archived coverage on the space shuttle. www.baltimoresun.com/shuttle.

EHRLICH LETTER

Read Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.'s letter calling for the General Assembly to abandon its investigation into his administration's personnel practices. www.baltimoresun.com/letter

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"The perception people have that they are abused by the airlines is actually right."

Christopher J. Mayer, a professor at Columbia University's Graduate School of Business, who has studied airline scheduling (Article, Page 1D)

MARKETS

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SUNINDEX -- DOWN

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