Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

August 12, 2005

NATIONAL

No decision on troops yet

President Bush said yesterday that no decision has been made on decreasing American troops in Iraq, contradicting military officials who have publicly suggested in the last five months that U.S. troops could begin leaving Iraq as soon as spring. [Page 1a]

NASA delays its next mission

Two days after the return of the space shuttle Discovery, NASA officials said that the next manned mission will probably be delayed until November because engineers have been unable to figure out why insulating foam fell off the craft's external fuel tank. Officials had been hoping to fix the problem in time for a September launch of the shuttle Atlantis. [Page 3a]

WORLD

10 Muslim extremists detained

British authorities detained 10 Muslim extremists yesterday and said it would deport them to their countries of origin. [Page 8a]

Sept. 3 deadline imposed on Iran

The U.N. nuclear watchdog imposed a Sept. 3 deadline on Iran to stop its nuclear activities or face referral to the Security Council. Iran vowed to continue its program. [Page 8a]

MARYLAND

O'Malley gets support for hotel

Mayor Martin O'Malley's administration appears to have secured support from nine members of the 15-member Baltimore City Council for a publicly financed convention center hotel. The administration promised council members extra funds for neighborhood investments to secure their support. [Page 1a]

Testimony ends in murder trial

Defense attorneys for two men charged with killing their three young relatives ended their case yesterday. The 15-year-old brother of one of the suspects testified that his brother might have been at home at about the same time as the crime was committed in Northwest Baltimore. [Page 1b]

High Court voids porn conviction

Maryland's highest court struck down the felony conviction of a St. Mary's County man for downloading child pornography from Internet sites yesterday. Maryland's attorney general is pledging to seek a change in the law because of the court decision. [Page 1b]

TODAY

A glimpse of Parker in the city

Hundreds turned out yesterday in Annapolis to see actress Sarah Jessica Parker on the one-day shoot of Failure to Launch. The romantic comedy will be released next year. [Page 1c]

More to love of the `Sopranos'

David Chase, creator of HBO's The Sopranos, has agreed to make eight extra episodes of the mob drama, meaning viewers can look forward to 20 new episodes instead of the 12 in production for Season 6, to begin in March. The eight extra episodes will launch in January 2007 as an abbreviated Season 7. [Page 1c]

`Penguins' march into history

In a summer that's seen a myriad of headlines about the decline in box-office revenue nationwide, March of the Penguins has provided a needed bright spot. The film has brought in more than $29 million at the American box office in four weeks, becoming the second-highest-grossing documentary of all time. [Page 4c]

BUSINESS

Sullivan sentenced to 5 years

If putting WorldCom Inc.'s chief executive Bernard J. Ebbers in prison for perhaps the rest of his life sends a message to corporate America to clean up its act, legal experts say the 5-year sentence that was handed down yesterday to his right-hand man, former chief financial officer Scott Sullivan, sends another message to wrongdoers: Cooperate. [Page 1e]

Rating the Jerk-O-Meter

Ever wonder if your spouse, friend or co-worker on the other end of the phone line is paying attention? The Jerk-O-Meter may hold the answer. Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology are developing software for cell phones that would analyze speech patterns and voice tones to rate people on a scale of 0 to 100 percent on how engaged they are in a conversation. [Page 1e]

SPORTS

Mickelson tied for PGA lead

Phil Mickelson shot a 3-under-par 67 to earn a share of the lead with five others after the opening round of the PGA Championship. Mickelson is tied with Ben Curtis, Stuart Appleby, Stephen Ames, Trevor Immelman and Rory Sabbatini. Tiger Woods was eight strokes behind after equaling his worst score of the year, a 5-over-par 75. [Page 1f]

Distracted O's top Devil Rays, 4-2

With all the attention surrounding Rafael Palmeiro's return from a 10-day suspension, the Orioles got seven solid innings from starter Bruce Chen, a home run from Javy Lopez and a timely balk call to defeat the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, 4-2, at Camden Yards. [Page 5f]

Boulware to work out for Ravens

Four-time Pro Bowl linebacker Peter Boulware is expected to work out for the Ravens next week, a league source said. Boulware, who was cut by the team in the spring, has played his entire career with the Ravens. [Page 10f]

TODAY ONLINE

CHILDREN'S TRIAL

Testimony in the slayings of three immigrant children continued yesterday with defense attorney's presenting their case, for archived coverage, go to www.baltimoresun.com/fallstaff

RAVENS DECADE

Vote for the Ravens all-decade team online at www.baltimoresun.com/alldecade

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"I stand before you today ashamed and embarrassed."

Scott Sullivan, who was sentenced to 5 years in prison yesterday for his role in the $11-billion accounting fraud that put WorldCom in bankruptcy (Article, Page 1E)

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