Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

July 18, 2006

BUSINESS

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324.84

MARYLAND

Area looking at a hot week

Scores of people sought temporary reprieve at 10 air-conditioned "cooling centers" scattered across the city as the region braced for the hottest week of the year. The high yesterday was 99 degrees. pg 1a

No attorney-general favorite

Democratic primary voters have not settled on a favorite among three candidates to replace retiring Maryland Attorney General J. Joseph Curran Jr., a new Sun poll shows. pg 1a

WORLD

Moves in Mideast diplomacy

Israel sent ground troops into Lebanon briefly and more than 50 Hezbollah rockets struck Israel, as diplomatic efforts to end the worst fighting in the Middle East in 24 years slowly gained strength. pg 1a

Gunmen attack Shiite market

Masked gunmen with rocket-launchers and grenades swarmed a predominantly Shiite Muslim market in a town south of Baghdad, firing at men, women and children on the streets. pg 8a

NATIONAL

Discovery returns after 13 days

NASA's efforts to put the International Space Station program back on track took a major step forward with the safe return of the shuttle Discovery after a nearly flawless 13-day mission. pg 3a

Stem-cell funding issue debated

The Senate opened an emotional debate yesterday on whether to expand federal funding for embryonic stem cell research, with advocates and critics taking strong stands. pg 3a

Local venture firm bucks trend

New Enterprise Associates, a venture capital firm founded in Baltimore, raised $2.25 billion for the second quarter, bucking a trend in which investors are offering money to venture capitalists but most firms are turning much of it away. pg 1d

SPORTS

2 runs in 7th lift Orioles over A's

Melvin Mora and Miguel Tejada hit run-scoring singles in the seventh inning to carry the Orioles to their third straight victory, 5-3, over the visiting Oakland Athletics. Orioles starter Adam Loewen gave up one hit in five innings but walked six. pg 1c

TODAY

Major concert again at Pimlico

Pimlico Race Course will host its first major concert in more than four years in September, when the Virgin Festival - featuring 15 bands, including the Who and the Red Hot Chili Peppers - makes its lone U.S. stop in Baltimore. pg 1e

Quote Of the day

"You get hot and the mechanisms you use to regulate that heat go haywire."

Dr. Joshua Sharfstein, Baltimore health commissioner Article, PG 1a

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