Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

July 31, 2006

NATIONAL

Asylum rates vary widely

Immigration judges vary sharply in their willingness to grant asylum to foreigners seeking to live in the United States, with denial rates ranging from 10 percent to more than 98 percent, according to researchers who reviewed federal figures. pg 3a

Women plan ordination

A dozen women will participate in a ceremony today in which eight will proclaim themselves as priests and four as deacons. The ceremony won't be recognized by the Catholic Church, which has a 2,000-year tradition of all-male priesthood. pg 3a

MARYLAND

Targeting a Towson eyesore

A plan to rid Towson of a long-standing eyesore and replace it with a park is expected to be announced this week. As part of a move to spruce up the county seat, Baltimore County would condemn a rubble-covered property just off the Towson traffic circle where a Shell station closed years ago. pg 1b

Children's lead levels

The number of Maryland children with elevated lead levels continues to drop, according to a state study, but health officials warn that more work must be done to reach their goal of eliminating childhood lead poisoning by 2010. Of 99,148 children tested for lead exposure in the state last year, 1.3 percent showed elevated lead levels, compared with 1.7 percent in 2004, according to the Maryland Department of the Environment. pg 1b

WORLD

Israel to suspend airstrikes

Israel agreed to suspend air attacks in southern Lebanon for 48 hours after one of its raids on the southern town of Qana left dozens of civilians, many of them children, dead yesterday, marking the bloodiest day of the conflict so far. The announcement of the pause in overflights - made by State Department spokesman Adam Ereli - appeared to reflect U.S. pressure on Israel. pg 1a

Law enforcement in Iraq

Iraq's new interior minister pledged yesterday before parliament to clean up the country's law-enforcement ranks, widely viewed as a primary cause of violence and instability. Jawad Bolani, a member of the ruling Shiite Muslim coalition and former mechanical engineer who took over the ministry about six weeks ago, vowed to purge within weeks "unfaithful and corrupt elements, who do not believe in the democratic political project in Iraq." pg 8a

SPORTS

O's rally to defeat White Sox

On the brink of losing yet another close game to the White Sox, Javy Lopez hit a bases-loaded single off All-Star closer Bobby Jenks to cap a two-run ninth inning as the Orioles averted a three-game sweep with an 8-7 victory at Camden Yards. pg 1c

Sutter inducted into Hall

Eighteen years after he hung up his spikes for good, Bruce Sutter was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame, joining Hoyt Wilhelm, Rollie Fingers and Dennis Eckersley as the only relief pitchers to be enshrined in Cooperstown, N.Y. pg 5c

TODAY

Men's fashion

Baltimore makes a fashion statement with men's capris - shorts that are long or pants that are short, depending on your point of view. pg 1d

Gardening guru

Master gardener Larry Kloze would like folks to become more self-sufficient - or at least pick a tomato when they see one. pg 1d

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"This isn't the only place for the seals. There are plenty of seals up and down the coast."

Valerie O'Sullivan, an avid swimmer who filed a lawsuit against San Diego in 2004 to restore for human use a beach that some see as overrun with harbor seals. Article, PG 7A

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