Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

August 23, 2005

NATIONAL

Olympics bomber sentenced

Nearly nine years after setting off the bomb that disrupted the 1996 Summer Olympics, Eric Rudolph was sentenced to four life terms in prison yesterday at a hearing in which victims described him as a cowardly terrorist. [Page 3a]

Wedding an FBI sting

The FBI planned a fake wedding between two of its undercover agents as part of an elaborate trap designed to entice alleged members of a suspected smuggling ring into the United States so they could be arrested and charged. [Page 4a]

WORLD

Iraqi constitution delayed

For the second time in a week, Iraq's political heavyweights agreed yesterday to extend the deadline for completing a draft constitution - this time for an additional three days - as the political leaders were unsuccessful in resolving long-standing differences, including the division of power. [Page 1a]

Settlers out of Gaza

Israeli troops wrapped up their forced removal of settlers in the Gaza Strip yesterday and shifted thousands of soldiers to two small settlements that will be closed in the West Bank, where some commanders are worried that they'll face their most ferocious opposition. [Page 8a]

MARYLAND

Liquor board investigation

A city grand jury has subpoenaed thousands of documents from the Baltimore liquor board, including inspection reports for Power Plant Live! and Norma Jean's, a strip bar on The Block, according to court documents and interviews. [Page 1a]

State names administrator

A longtime Carroll County schools administrator will head a team of managers with far-reaching powers to overhaul the city school system's troubled special-education program, state school officials announced yesterday. [Page 1b]

SPORTS

Perlozzo likely back in '06

Unless the Orioles totally collapse in the season's final six weeks, team owner Peter Angelos is inclined to bring back interim manager Sam Perlozzo in 2006, a source close to the front office said. The Orioles are 9-7 since Perlozzo took over for Lee Mazzilli. [Page 1e]

Nationals caps are big sellers

Washington Nationals caps have become one of the fastest-selling Major League Baseball items. Trade experts say Nats headwear ranks sixth in sales among baseball's 30 teams. [Page 1e]

Sharapova claims No. 1

Maria Sharapova took over the No. 1 ranking in women's tennis from Lindsay Davenport, who had held the top spot since October. The Russian star is the 15th to be No. 1 since the tour began its computer rankings in 1975. [Page 2e]

BUSINESS

Southwest refueling at BWI

About two years ago, a piece of cleaning equipment got lodged in the pipeline from Texas that transports the 650,000 gallons of jet fuel pumped into airplanes daily at Baltimore-Washington International Airport. Southwest Airlines, BWI's dominant carrier, had to bring in fuel to keep its fleet in the air. So it is building more storage capacity and a new fueling system at BWI. [Page 1d]

50 lose jobs at NeighborCare

Beginning its consolidation, Omnicare Inc. yesterday eliminated the jobs of about 50 people at the headquarters of NeighborCare, the Baltimore company it bought last month, a source confirmed last night. The company declined comment on who was targeted in yesterday's firings or what plans it has for the remaining 450 people at NeighborCare headquarters. [Page 1d]

TODAY

Rolling Stones in Baltimore

More than 35 years after the Rolling Stones last played in Baltimore, Mick Jagger and his aging bandmates announced yesterday they will bring their signature brand of fast, angry and bluesy rock to 1st Mariner Arena in February. It will be the British rockers' first Baltimore appearance since 1969, when Jagger was 26. [Page 1c]

Moog Synthesizer inventor dies

Robert Moog, inventor of the Moog synthesizer, which along with the electric guitar revolutionized rock and pop music in the 1960s and '70s, died Sunday of a brain tumor at his home in Asheville, N.C., at the age of 71. [Page 1c]

SNIPER MOVED

Convicted sniper John Muhammad is returned to Maryland, for archived coverage, go to www.baltimoresun.com/sniper.

RAVENS BEST

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

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"He had an otherworldly, [but] homespun personality. He was a very unique guy. He was a geek."

Author Trevor Pinch, on Robert Moog, inventor of the Moog synthesizer, who died Sunday (Article, Page 1C)

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