Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

August 17, 2005

WORLD

Israel prepares to evict settlers

Thousands of Jewish settlers and their supporters faced off at dawn today against Israeli troops who poured in to evict them from the Gaza Strip after a midnight deadline passed to leave voluntarily. [Page 1a]

160 die in jet crash in Venezuela

A chartered jet carrying tourists home to the French Caribbean island of Martinique crashed in Venezuela yesterday, killing all 160 on board. [Page 9a]

NATIONAL

U.S. defends efforts on border

The U.S. government defended efforts by the United States and Mexico to stem violence and drug trafficking on the border. In the past week, the governors of Arizona and New Mexico have declared states of emergency, saying Washington's inability to control crime and violence related to illegal immigration was forcing them act. [Page 3a]

Coretta Scott King hospitalized

Civil rights matriarch Coretta Scott King was in fair condition yesterday at an Atlanta hospital after suffering a stroke, a hospital official said. King, 78, the widow of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., was resting comfortably, said Piedmont Hospital spokeswoman Diana Lewis. [Page 5a]

MARYLAND

Plan for motorized oyster dredging

With the Chesapeake Bay oyster population near a record low, the Ehrlich administration is proposing to make it easier for watermen to catch oysters through the more widespread use of motorized dredging. [Page 1a]

Man pleads guilty in 1980s rapes

Nearly 20 years after sexual assaults in the Catonsville and Arbutus areas led police on an unsuccessful search for a man they dubbed the "Sunglass Rapist," Thaddeus Sylvester Clemons, 53, pleaded guilty yesterday to raping five girls and young women and to kidnapping or trying to kidnap two others over three years in the 1980s. [Page 1b]

Mayor targets child molesters

A six-point plan for new state legislation proposed yesterday by Mayor Martin O'Malley would have convicted child molesters wear satellite tracking bracelets for the rest of their lives. [Page 1b]

TODAY

Md. filmmaking industry revives

Maryland's $75 million-a-year filmmaking industry is bustling after a six-month lull. Three movies, including Sarah Jessica Parker's Failure to Launch, are filming with three more on the way. With TV's The Wire added to the mix soon, local film-crew workers have gone from famine to feast. [Page 1a]

Rudys' 2900 restaurant to close

Rudys' 2900 in Finksburg is becoming the third fine-dining institution to leave the local scene this year. Jeannier's closed in February, Maison Marconi in June. Chef Rudy Speckamp said Rudys' ended regular service July 31 and will officially close Sept. 3. [Page 1c]

Hopkins professor is into security

Johns Hopkins University professor Avi Rubin, who was a thorn in the side of companies whose computer vulnerabilities he exposed, has started a firm to help those businesses build better security systems. [Page 1c]

BUSINESS

Experian unit settles with FTC

A subsidiary of Experian, one of the three major credit reporting bureaus, has reached a settlement with the Federal Trade Commission, which accused it of deceiving consumers with offers for free credit reports while signing them up for a monitoring service that costs nearly $80 a year. [Page 1d]

States aim to collect Net taxes

On Oct. 1, a dozen states will bypass Congress and launch a coordinated sales-tax collection aimed at shoppers buying goods across state lines on the Internet or in catalogs. [Page 1d]

SPORTS

Orioles defeat Athletics, 4-3

Brian Roberts scored the go-ahead run in the seventh on a controversial error, helping the Orioles beat the Athletics, 4-3, in Oakland. The Orioles won a road series for the first time since June 3-5 in Detroit. [Page 1e]

NCAA, NIT settle differences

The NCAA and the National Invitation Tournament settled their differences in court, likely ending a civil trial in which the NIT claimed the NCAA was trying to put it out of business. [Page 2e]

Injuries mount for the Terps

The Maryland football team suffered its second season-ending injury in three days. Linebacker Erin Henderson tore his left anterior cruciate ligament Monday. Senior Stephon Heyer, Maryland's top offensive lineman, had suffered the same injury Saturday. [Page 8e]

WORKING

Get to know your co-workers Some people spend more time with co-workers than spouses or families, which makes getting to know them an important part of the job. Experts say having healthy relationships with co-workers can increase job satisfaction and help boost morale. [Page 1k]

GAZA Q&A

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

Sharpe or Sharper? Ray, Jamal or Jermaine Lewis? Cast your vote for your all-time favorite Ravens. www.baltimoresun.com/ravens10

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"Rudy taught us what great food was many years ago. Rudy served us dishes ... that took your breath away."

Dara Bunjon, a restaurant consultant, of the meals she has eaten at chef Rudy Speckamp's Rudys' 2900 (Article, Page 1C)

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