Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

August 14, 2005

NATIONAL

Army recruitment falls shortWith the Army falling far short of its fall recruiting goals, military officials are facing the prospect of an older force taking on more frequent missions and struggling to fill key jobs. Young officers, principally Army captains, are leaving at higher rates. [Page 1a]

Immigration reveals deep rifts

Mixed signals from the White House highlight the difficulties President Bush faces on immigration reform -- an issue Bush vows he will advance this fall. In private, Bush and his aides are scrambling to forge an agreement that has a chance of becoming law. [Page 1a]

WORLD

Gaza evacuation set to begin

As thousands of Israeli soldiers prepare to evict the remaining Jewish settlers from the Gaza Strip, Israeli and Palestinian leaders are looking beyond the withdrawal to what comes next. Dire predictions in Israel that the withdrawal would lead to a civil war have proved false. [Page 1a]

Sri Lanka in state of emergency

Sri Lanka imposed a state of emergency a day after the country's foreign minister was assassinated by gunmen. Officials blamed the killing on Tamil Tiger rebels, calling it a grave setback to the peace process. [Page 17a]

MARYLAND

Ehrlich praises judge's ruling

Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. praised yesterday a federal judge's emergency order giving the state some control over the Baltimore school system's special-education program, saying the judge recognized the "wholesale dysfunctionality of the system." Ehrlich said it now falls to him and Superintendent Nancy S. Grasmick to "deliver the constitutional rights" to disabled students. [Page 1b]

Brokers frustrate ticket sellers

Some Baltimore Orioles fans seeking to sell tickets at Camden Yards' "scalp-free zone" don't like a new system that uses team employees as deal brokers. The zone was created when the city banned reselling tickets for more than face value within a mile of the stadium. [Page 1b]

BUSINESS

Healthy, wealthy and privileged

Pinnacle Care International, a Baltimore company, reports rapid growth in the developing business of patient advocacy -- health management, for those who can afford it. Pinnacle advises families on doctors and hospitals that are likely to give them the best care, arranges appointments, fills out paperwork and even accompanies the patients. [Page 1d]

SPORTS

Rookie Maine lifts Orioles

John Maine pitched five scoreless innings to earn his first major league win. Miguel Tejada singled in a third-inning run, and the Orioles defeated the Toronto Blue Jays, 1-0. Rafael Palmeiro sat out a third straight game since returning from a 10-day suspension for using steroids, but is expected to start as the Orioles' designated hitter today. [Page 1e]

Ravens' offense looks familiar

The Ravens' new-look offense still resembles the old one. In a 16-3 loss to the Atlanta Falcons, the Ravens' running attack carried the load in the preseason opener, while their passing game showed it has a ways to go. [Page 1e]

Mickelson, Love lead PGA

Phil Mickelson and Davis Love III are tied for the lead in the PGA Championship at 6-under 204 going into today's final round. Thomas Bjorn matched the major championship record with a 63. [Page 1e]

ARTS & SOCIETY

A sex tape, a shotgun, liberation

The story of Laura Rogers is one of crime and punishment, fear and forgiveness. A wife kills her sadistic husband who was sexually preying on her daughter. A videotape, finally discovered, exposed the truth about him and sets her free. [Page 1f]

HOME & FAMILY

Helping students find their level

At public schools across the country, the rigid and disputed practice of tracking students by ability has fallen out of favor. But certain forms of grouping persist, and parents say it's harder than ever to figure them out. [Page 1n]

TODAY ONLINE

LAURA'S STORY

A photo gallery and podcast further chronicle a woman's journey out of abuse at www.baltimoresun.com/laura

MARYLAND FISHING

Check out a gallery of photos from the team that fished across Maryland -- from Deep Creek Lake to Assateague Island -- in 24 hours. www.baltimoresun.com/fishingmd

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"I don't have to sell [recruits] a thing. I'm a small-town guy who grew up to visit nearly every state and travel all over the world. I've learned to scuba dive and skydive. I'll be getting a biology degree. ... All I have to do is share my story."

Sgt. Harold Bruce Ziegler, U.S. Army recruiter (Article, Page 14A)

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