Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

August 16, 2005

NATIONAL

Deficit picture brightensA windfall of tax revenues, particularly from corporations, has substantially brightened the short-term budget outlook, but beyond this year the deficit is still an unsolved problem, the Congressional Budget Office reported. [Page 1a]

Atlanta OKs panhandling ban

A ban on panhandling near downtown Atlanta's tourist attractions was approved by the City Council yesterday, despite hundreds of protesters who called the measure an attack on the poor. [Page 3a]

WORLD

Gaza eviction notices delivered

Israeli soldiers delivered eviction notices to thousands of Jewish settlers in the Gaza Strip warning they would be forcibly removed starting tomorrow, as Prime Minister Ariel Sharon said the evacuation he ordered "was vital for Israel" but "the most difficult and painful step of all." [Page 1a]

Extra week for Iraq constitution

Minutes before a key deadline, Iraq's leaders decided yesterday to give themselves another week to agree on a new constitution and resolve fundamental disagreements over the future and identity of the country. [Page 1a]

6 alive when plane crashed

Initial autopsies showed that at least six of the 121 people aboard a Cypriot plane were alive but, not necessarily conscious, when the aircraft crashed near Athens, Greece, a coroner said. [Page 7a]

MARYLAND

Hotel endorsed by City Council

The Baltimore City Council gave preliminary approval to a $305 million publicly financed convention center hotel in downtown. The 9-6 vote is expected to remain unchanged when the council takes a final vote next month. [Page 1a]

1st Md. female combat death

Army Spc. Toccara Green of Rosedale became the first reported Maryland female combat death in Iraq when explosives detonated near her supply convoy in Al Asad on Sunday, the Pentagon said. Green, 23, had just completed a two-week leave at home and returned to Iraq for the final four months of her second tour. [Page 1a]

O'Malley assails special ed ruling

Mayor Martin O'Malley accused a federal judge yesterday of inappropriate judicial activism for giving the state expanded oversight of the city's failed special education operations. The mayor also said Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. is obstructing progress in Baltimore's school system. [Page 1b]

SPORTS

After wait, Mickelson wins PGA

Phil Mickelson birdied the par-5 18th hole at the weather-delayed 87th PGA Championship in Springfield, N.J., and finished at 4-under-par 276 to beat 1995 champion Steve Elkington of Australia and Thomas Bjorn of Denmark by a stroke. [Page 1c]

Orioles come back, top A's, 6-2

The Orioles rallied from a two-run deficit by scoring five times in the top of the seventh inning and defeated the Oakland Athletics, 6-2. Rodrigo Lopez (12-6) earned the victory. [Page 1c]

TODAY

Norris debuts as talk show host

Former Baltimore police commissioner Edward T. Norris received a warm welcome from callers yesterday as he made his debut as a radio talk show host for WHFS-FM. [Page 1d]

ABC news show renamed

ABC is changing the name of its signature nightly news program, World News Tonight with Peter Jennings, to World News Tonight. ABC said the move would be appreciated by Jennings, who died last week. Executives said he demanded accuracy above all.[Page 1d]

BUSINESS

Labor ruling appeal weighed

In a closely watched case that could redefine the role of labor unions in the federal work force, the Department of Homeland Security is weighing whether to appeal a federal judge's ruling that the agency unfairly undermined workers' rights in the name of fighting terrorism. [Page 1e]

U.S. home prices surge

U.S. home prices surged 13.6 percent in the second quarter, the fastest pace in more than a quarter of a century, as a decline in interest rates fueled record sales of existing houses and condominiums. [Page 1e]

GAZA Q&A

John Murphy, The Sun's Middle East correspondent, answers questions about the Israeli withdrawal from the Gaza Strip at www.baltimoresun.com/mideast FAN FASHIONS

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QUOTE OF THE DAY

"Enough's enough. I never whined. I did it. I went. I was punished pretty severely. ... It's in my past. I want to move on."

Former police commissioner Edward T. Norris, new radio talk show host, on doing time in prison (Article, Page 1D)

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