Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

August 11, 2005

NATIONAL

Anti-Roberts ad called unfair

An advertisement that a leading abortion-rights organization began running on national television yesterday, opposing Supreme Court nominee John G. Roberts Jr. as one whose ideology leads him to excuse violence against other Americans, quickly became the first flash point in the three-week-old confirmation process. [Page 3a]

Shuttle's condition appears good

As the seven Discovery astronauts were welcomed back to Houston yesterday, a preliminary assessment of the shuttle's condition showed that it survived the two-week mission with remarkably little damage. [Page 4a]

Mixed results in Army recruiting

The active-duty Army met its recruiting goal in July but its reserve component and the Army National Guard again failed to reach their targets, the Pentagon reported yesterday. [Page 7a]

WORLD

4 U.S. soldiers die in Iraq attack

The American military announced yesterday that four soldiers were killed Tuesday and six other people were wounded when insurgents attacked a patrol in northern Iraq. [Page 12a]

Iran flouts foes of nuclear arms

Iran resumed full operation at its uranium conversion plant yesterday, as Europe and the United States struggled to find a way to stop the Islamic republic from pushing ahead with its nuclear program. With United Nations inspectors watching, Iranian officials removed U.N. seals equipment at the facility eight months ago when Tehran agreed to freeze most of its nuclear program. [Page 12a]

$67.8 million stolen in Brazil

Police in northeastern Brazil examined fingerprints yesterday and scoured through evidence left behind by thieves who stole $67.8 million from a Central Bank vault in one of the biggest thefts in history. [Page 13a]

MARYLAND

Minority presence grows in Md.

U.S. Census data being released today shows that more than four in 10 Marylanders are now minorities. Much of the state's increasing diversity is occurring in the suburbs of Baltimore and Washington. [Page 1a]

Costly furniture draws objection

Comptroller William Donald Schaefer and Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. are blocking a plan to spend $2.1 million on furniture for the House of Delegates' new office building, arguing that legislators should give at least part of the order to a prison labor shop. [Page 1b]

Zoo to get gorilla vet project

The Mountain Gorilla Veterinary Project announced yesterday that it will be moving from Colorado to the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore. The project provides in-field veterinary care to mountain gorillas that suffer from human-caused or life-threatening diseases and illnesses. [Page 1b]

SPORTS

Palmeiro returns tonight

Rafael Palmeiro's steroids suspension ends today, and Orioles manger Sam Perlozzo said he might ease Palmeiro back into the lineup to allow the 40-year-old first baseman to work his way back into shape. [Page 1c]

O's defeat Devil Rays, 9-5

The Orioles beat the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, 9-5, for their second consecutive victory. Jay Gibbons' grand slam was part of a five-run first inning, and Rodrigo Lopez finished one out short of a complete game. [Page 1c]

Owens leaves Eagles camp

All-Pro wide receiver Terrell Owens left Eagles training camp after a heated exchange with coach Andy Reid. The coach asked the injured Owens to leave after their discussion, according to Owens' agent, Drew Rosenhaus. [Page 7c]

J. Lewis returns to field

Running back Jamal Lewis returned to the Ravens' practice field. Lewis took about five snaps, mostly with the second team. [Page 8c]

BUSINESS

Housing market may be cooling

Baltimore's overheated housing market may be showing some signs of cooling, with buyers appearing less willing to enter bidding wars, bid above the asking price or snap up homes in mere days. But "cooling" is relative for a market that still far outpaces many parts of the country. If the trend continues, it could mean a return to the more normal market of five years ago. [Page 1d]

Airport fuel supplies run low

Lost luggage, bad weather and now ... no fuel? While fliers haven't yet had to add that problem to the list of headaches associated with air travel, it might not be far away. Airports in Arizona, California, Florida and Nevada recently came within a few days, and at times within hours, of running out of jet fuel. With passenger traffic rising above pre-9/11 levels, the nation's aviation business is slowly outgrowing the infrastructure that fuels it. [Page 1d]

TODAY

Women-only vacations

Women-only travel operators such as the Baltimore-based Adventures in Good Company are tapping into a growing niche. Last year, a survey of 1,500 women by Impulse Research in Los Angeles found that nearly half had taken an all-female vacation in the past three years and that 88 percent had plans for another. [Page 1e]

Ciara tops awards nominees

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