Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

August 02, 2006

NATIONAL

FDA nominee grilled

Senate Democrats confronted Dr. Andrew C. von Eschenbach - President Bush's nominee to run the Food and Drug Administration - during a testy confirmation hearing yesterday that centered on the agency's delay in approving over-the-counter sales of the morning-after pill. pg 3a

Senate OKs gulf drilling

With political anxiety on Capitol Hill rising along with gasoline prices, the Senate voted to open a large section of the Gulf of Mexico to oil and gas drilling. pg 3a

WORLD

Israel expands attack

As many as 10,000 Israeli troops backed by armor advanced deeper into Lebanon, crossing the Litani River in the south and reportedly staging an undercover operation in the Bekaa Valley, between Beirut and Syria. pg 1a

MARYLAND

Blast furnace weather

The heat soared to triple-digit territory yesterday in Baltimore - producing conditions so steamy that a sanitation worker dreaded collecting the garbage from Canton crab houses. A muggy mass of air lolling over the state was expected to remain today, promising 100-degree readings and record power consumption to cope with it. pg 1a

Jones slipped through cracks

A series of caretakers and others knew that registered child sex offender Melvin L. Jones Jr. had befriended the 11-year-old boy he is now charged with killing, but repeatedly failed to take steps that could have taken the man off the streets and away from children. pg 1a

TODAY

Gibson's second apology

Faced with growing outrage over his anti-Semitic remarks when arrested last week, Mel Gibson offered a second apology, this time specifically imploring the forgiveness of Jews and asking for meetings with Jewish leaders who might help him find the appropriate path for healing. pg 1a

Omnipresent ads

They're everywhere. From forehead tattoos to laser-imprinted eggs, companies are using any means necessary to get their commercial messages in front of consumers. pg 1c

BUSINESS

DOW -- DOWN

-59.45

11,125.73

NASDAQ -- DOWN

-29.48

2,061.99

S&P -- DOWN

-5.74

1,270.90

SUN INDEX -- DOWN

-5.46

319.64

Medical staff shortage

The state's hospitals are facing increasing shortages of therapists, technicians and other staff needed to take X-rays, guide rehabilitation and manage ventilator patients, the Maryland Hospital Association reports. pg 1d

Mittal Steel in a bind

Mittal Steel Co. NV must sell either Sparrows Point or a sister plant in Weirton, W.Va., if it can't dispose of a Canadian subsidiary to resolve antitrust issues arising from its merger with Arcelor SA, Justice Department officials said yesterday. pg 1d

SPORTS

Ravens tackle heat at camp

Tempers and temperatures flared yesterday at the team's seventh practice of the summer. A fight broke out between fullback Justin Green and linebacker Terrell Suggs, and the temperature reached 92 degrees, with a heat index of 102. pg 1E

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"This war must not end in a tie."

Efraim Sneh, a senior Israeli lawmaker Article, PG 1A

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in SPORTS

Destination weddings

More and more couples are choosing exotic locations for weddings rather than the traditional hometown celebration.

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