Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

August 01, 2006

NATIONAL

Senate closer on gulf drilling

The Senate moved closer yesterday to approving legislation that would make 8.3 million acres in the Gulf of Mexico available for oil and natural gas drilling and ending a quarter-century ban on tapping the rich energy resources in coastal waters. pg 3A

WORLD

Israel to expand offensive

Israeli officials said they would expand the ground offensive in Lebanon and described a 48-hour hiatus in major airstrikes as a "humanitarian gesture" rather than any prelude to a cease-fire. Prime Minister Ehud Olmert declared that Israel had no intention of ending its battle against Hezbollah anytime soon. pg 9a

MARYLAND

Sex offender arrested

After a daylong manhunt, a registered sex offender with a history of abusing children was arrested yesterday in the killing of an 11-year-old boy whose family he had befriended. pg 1a

NAACP ponders move

The NAACP will strongly consider moving its headquarters to a new $2 billion office and hotel complex rising along the Potomac River in Prince Georges County, President Bruce S. Gordon said yesterday. pg 1b

Va. OKs menhaden plan

Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine agreed yesterday to comply with a regional plan to prevent any increase in fishing for menhaden, a species viewed as important to the Chesapeake Bay's health. pg 5b

BUSINESS

DOW -- DOWN

-34.02

11,185.68

NASDAQ -- DOWN

-2.67

2091.47

S&P -- DOWN

-1.89

1,276.66

SUN INDEX -- UP

+0.08

325.10

City could lose advocate

Should Mayo A. Shattuck III leave Constellation Energy to become National Football League commissioner, Baltimore might be left without a strong advocate for its interests after Constellation's merger with a Florida utility, some business and government leaders fear. pg 1d

Allen leaving Bon Secours

Seven years after he became CEO of Bon Secours Baltimore Health System with the West Baltimore hospital in woeful shape, Percy Allen II is retiring with the hospital back in the black. pg 1d

SPORTS

Final Legg Mason for Agassi

Andre Agassi, who is retiring after the U.S. Open, will begin play tonight in a tournament that includes fifth-ranked James Blake and No. 12 Lleyton Hewitt. Defending champion and 10th-ranked Andy Roddick withdrew because of a left side muscle strain. pg 5E

TODAY

Scandalous news

As the current Mel Gibson scandal bears out, Web sites such as TMZ.com, PerezHilton.com and Gawker.com have become effective in ferreting out and publicizing embarrassing information about celebrities. pg 1a

Pitchfork a leader

Ten years after Ryan Schreiber founded PitchforkMedia.com to indulge his interest in independent music, Pitchfork has become the most influential force in the indie music world. pg 1c

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"We certainly understand our customers' frustration, however, and we are trying to ... restore service as quickly as we can."

Linda Foy, BGE spokeswoman

Article, PG 1B

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