Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

July 17, 2006

NATIONAL

Bond criticizes White House

A visit by President Bush is expected at this week's NAACP convention, but judging from a fiery speech by Chairman Julian Bond last night, the president may feel less than welcome. Bond delivered a searing critique of the Bush administration's policies in opening remarks. pg 3a

Election lottery to go on ballot

A proposal to award $1 million in every general election to one lucky Arizona resident simply for voting -- no matter for whom -- has qualified for the state's November ballot. pg 3a

MARYLAND

Democrats undecided

With the Democratic primary for U.S. Senate less than two months away, Rep. Benjamin L. Cardin, and former representative and NAACP President Kweisi Mfume remain locked in a virtual tie, according to a new Sun poll. But more than a third of the state's Democrats say they haven't decided on a candidate to face probable Republican nominee Lt. Gov. Michael S. Steele in the general election. pg 1a

Family again key to trial

As in the first trial, family members are playing a critical part in the Baltimore retrial of a pair of Mexican immigrants accused of slashing the throats of their three young relatives, and their testimony has again added more mystery to a disturbing crime with no clear motive. Testimony in the trial of Policarpio Espinoza, 24, and Adan Canela, 19, is scheduled to resume today. pg 1b

WORLD

Mideast attacks, deaths mount

Hezbollah militants launched a barrage of rockets at Haifa, Israel's third-largest city, yesterday, scoring a direct hit with a new, longer-range missile on a railway maintenance building filled with workers, killing eight people, wounding two dozen others and quickly bringing an Israeli counterattack. Israeli warplanes carried out a round of airstrikes on southwestern Beirut, targeting Hezbollah headquarters, and a Lebanese civil defense building in the southern port city of Tyre, killing about 45 people and wounding more than 100 others. pg 1a

More than 30 Iraqis killed

A suicide bomber walked into a crowded cafe in a Shiite Muslim neighborhood in the town of Tuz Khurmatu, Iraq, yesterday and blew himself up, killing at least 17 civilians and injuring 25. A British soldier also was killed and an Iraqi oil company executive was kidnapped in a day of violence that left more than 30 Iraqis dead. pg 10a

Iran ready to negotiate

Iran said yesterday that Western incentives to halt its nuclear program were an "acceptable basis" for talks and that it is ready for detailed negotiations. U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice responded that Iran should talk directly to negotiators if it wants to discuss the six-nation proposal. pg 10a

TODAY

Helping turtles cross

Volunteers help Diamondback Terrapins cross the roads in Delaware. pg 1c

SPORTS

O's earn split with Rangers

Rodrigo Lopez pitched 5 2/3 strong innings as the Orioles beat the Rangers, 4-0, and salvaged a split of their four-game series. Miguel Tejada and Nick Markakis homered. pg 1d

First win of year for Kyle Busch

Kyle Busch got his first NASCAR Nextel Cup victory of the year by winning the Lenox Industrial Tools 300 at New Hampshire International Speedway. It was the third triumph of his career. pg 1d

Of the day Quote

"The Iraqi war has been an extraordinary drag on the Bush presidency."

Keith Haller, president of Bethesda-based Potomac Inc., which conducted The Sun poll

Article, PG 1A

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