Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

August 29, 2005

NATIONAL

Reward cutbacks sought

Pro-business conservatives are seeking to cut back a key provision of what has become the government's most powerful weapon against health care fraud: the authority to pay hefty rewards to whistle-blowers who provide inside information about improper activities by medical groups, drug companies and other health care providers. [Page 3a]

Bush quiet on Social Security

President Bush has been notably quiet this summer about the issue that he earlier said would be the centerpiece of his second-term agenda: Social Security reform. [Page 4a]

WORLD

Suicide bomber wounds 2 others

In the first such attack since Israel's withdrawal from the Gaza Strip, a suicide bomber blew himself up in southern Israel, seriously wounding two security guards who tried to stop him. [Page 8a]

France boosts military presence

Despite a bitter falling out with the U.S. over the Iraq war, France has boosted its military presence in Central Asia and Afghanistan and appears to be eager to cooperate with the U.S. in the struggle against terrorism. [Page 8a]

MARYLAND

UM to help China rein in AIDS

Already a force in the fight against AIDS in Africa, the University of Maryland's Institute of Human Virology is expanding its reach to Asia. It is scheduled to sign an agreement at a conference in Baltimore today to help China rein in its emerging AIDS epidemic. [Page 1a]

Schools struggle with fuel prices

As summer's end brings thousands of students back to classrooms today, area schools are wrestling with record-high diesel prices as they struggle to keep their fuel-guzzling fleets - the average school bus gets less than eight miles per gallon - on the road. [Page 1a]

2 bids to replace Sarbanes

Two deep-pocketed Montgomery County Democrats are preparing to enter the U.S. Senate race to replace retiring Paul S. Sarbanes. Lise Van Susteren, a forensic psychiatrist who is the sister of Fox news personality Greta Van Susteren, is scheduled to announce her candidacy this week. Closing in on a similar announcement is Joshua Rales, owner of a real estate investment firm and a philanthropist. [Page 1b]

TODAY

Polyamorous gather in Harford

At a rustic resort in the backwoods of Harford County this past weekend, people came from as far as Puerto Rico to attend a three-day conference of those who call themselves "polyamorous," which means having more than one loving, intimate relationship at the same time - with the full knowledge and consent of all partners involved. [Page 1c]

Hotel design rejected

Is Baltimore spending $305 million to build a downtown hotel or a prison? That question was raised this month by members of Baltimore's Urban Design and Architectural Review Panel when they saw the latest plans for a convention center hotel. The rejection of the design is a setback for supporters of the hotel, just as they are poised to receive funding approval for it. [Page 1c]

SPORTS

A's deal O's third straight loss

The Oakland Athletics defeated the Orioles, 10-3, the team's third straight defeat and its eighth in the past nine games. The Athletics moved into first place, ahead of the Los Angeles Angels, in the American League West. [Page 1d]

Broncos to release Clarett

Running back Maurice Clarett will be released by the Denver Broncos this week, his agent said. Clarett, a third-round draft pick, is a former Ohio State running back who missed two years of football after leading the Buckeyes to the national title. [Page 3d]

W. Oahu wins LL World Series

Michael Memea's home run lifted West Oahu of Hawaii over defending champion Curacao, 7-6, in the Little League World Series championship. [Page 7d]

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QUOTE OF THE DAY

"You're looking at an almost prisonlike structure. There are tones of gray and metal. ... It's a little too severe."

Urban Design and Architectural Review Panel member Deborah K. Dietsch on the latest design for a convention center hotel (Article, Page 1C)

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