Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

August 13, 2005

NATIONAL

9/11 records released

Faced with a court order and unyielding demands from the families of victims, the City of New York opened part of its archive of records from Sept. 11 yesterday, releasing a digital avalanche of oral histories, dispatchers tapes and phone logs so vast that they took up 23 compact discs. [Page 1a]

Bush passes soldier's mother by

President Bush passed within 100 feet yesterday of the roadside encampment where the mother of an Iraq war casualty was inviting him to stop and talk, but his motorcade passed by the protest site. The fleeting encounter occurred near Bush's Prairie Chapel Ranch, where he and first lady Laura Bush are spending a five-week summer vacation. [Page 3a]

FDA monitors acne drug

Federal regulators unveiled yesterday a high-tech system to restrict distribution of Accutane, a drug that has been effective against severe acne but has long been known to cause birth defects and is being studied for a possible connection to teen suicides. [Page 3a]

WORLD

Four killed near mosque in Iraq

A blast near a mosque killed four people, including three children west of Baghdad yesterday. An American serviceman was also killed by a roadside bomb in Tikrit. [Page 7a]

Sri Lankan foreign minister killed

Sri Lanka's Foreign Minister Lakshman Kadirgamar was assassinated by gunmen near his home yesterday. Authorities blamed Tamil Tiger rebels and began house-to-house searches in the area, making two arrests. [Page 7a]

MARYLAND

State to control special education

A federal judge ordered yesterday that the state take a sizable portion of control over the Baltimore school system, saying city administrators have failed to provide adequate special education services. The emergency order, issued by U.S. District Judge Marvin J. Garbis, temporarily ends a politically charged tussle over control of the city school system. [Page 1a]

Heat index on rise in city

The temperature soared yesterday afternoon to 93 and the humidity reached a sticky 94 percent, conspiring for a heat index of 103. Today and tomorrow look like repeats of yesterday, with chances of thunderstorms and showers. [Page 1b]

Managing Hopkins' endowment

The Johns Hopkins University hired a former French professor to manage its endowment as the school's chief investment officer. Kathryn Crecelius, who handled alternative investing for the last seven years at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, will oversee the $2.165 billion fund. [Page 1b]

SPORTS

Blue Jays shut out Orioles, 12-0

Melvin Mora's throwing error in the first inning led to four unearned runs off Orioles starter Daniel Cabrera, who almost started a brawl after hitting Eric Hinske in the Orioles' 12-0 loss to the visiting Toronto Blue Jays. [Page 1c]

Woods barely makes cut at PGA

Tiger Woods recovered from a potentially damaging bogey on the 17th hole with a birdie on the 18th to barely make the cut at 4-over par after the second round of the PGA Championship, the year's final major. At 8-under par, Phil Mickelson leads Jerry Kelly by three strokes. [Page 1c]

House gets Palmeiro documents

Representatives of a House committee met privately with lawyers for Major League Baseball and for Rafael Palmeiro as baseball turned over documents - including a record of secret proceedings before an arbitration panel - related to the Orioles first baseman's positive steroid test. [Page 6c]

BUSINESS

British Airways resumes flights

British Airways began moving tens of thousands of stranded passengers late yesterday after a strike that paralyzed its flights to and from Heathrow Airport in London was resolved. Though all the 1,000 striking workers returned to their jobs yesterday, hundreds of flights had been canceled at one of the world's busiest airports during the peak of the summer travel season. [Page 10c]

Trade deficit reaches high

The United States imported a record amount of foreign oil in June, and shipments of Chinese clothing and textiles soared, pushing the nation's monthly trade deficit to the third-highest level in history. [Page 10c]

TODAY

Home movies for the big screen

What would any home be without home movies? Across the country today, including at the Creative Alliance's Patterson Theater, memories will be on the big screen during the third annual International Home Movie Day. [Page 1d]

Raising cancer awareness

Since ABC news anchor Peter Jennings died of lung cancer Sunday, calls to the American Lung Association's quit-smoking hot line have increased. That's no surprise, experts say. Celebrities who contract diseases or take up the cause for a stricken relative or friend can make a major difference in public awareness and fundraising. [Page 1d]

QUOTE OF THE DAY

" She has every right in the world to say what she believes. This is America."

President Bush, on a mother who staged an anti-war assembly near his Texas ranch in honor of her son who was killed in Iraq (Article, Page 3A)

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TODAY ONLINE

IRENE WATCH

Irene appears headed for the coast, track the storm and check out Frank Roylance's weather blog at www.marylandweather.com

POKER QUESTIONS

World Series of Poker runner-up Steve Dannenmann answers readers' questions online at www.baltimoresun.com/poker

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