Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

August 03, 2006

WORLD

Israel intensifies offensive

The army's senior commanders confirmed that Israel has intensified efforts to inflict maximum damage on Hezbollah, just in case the faltering international attempts to achieve a cease-fire take hold and force an end to the fighting. pg 1a

No Castro public appearances

Neither ailing Fidel Castro nor the brother he has designated as acting president appeared in public or in the media, deepening a prevailing impression that the 79-year-old revolutionary is wrestling with the most severe health crisis of his life. pg 11a

MARYLAND

Focusing on sex-offender law

A state law passed in June would have made it a crime for registered sex offender Melvin L. Jones Jr. to set foot on school grounds, as he did last year at Collington Square School in visiting the 11-year- old he is now charged with killing. pg 1a

Funding uproar on UMB school

A behind-the-scenes battle over funding has thrown the establishment of a new University of Maryland, Baltimore school of public health into turmoil, according to internal documents and interviews. It would be the first new school on the downtown campus since 1961. pg 1a

SPORTS

Mariners edge Orioles, 2-1

The Seattle Mariners defeated the Orioles, 2-1, dealing Erik Bedard his first loss in nine starts. Orioles second baseman Brian Roberts and manager Sam Perlozzo were ejected for arguing with home plate umpire Mark Wegner from the dugout. pg 1e

BUSINESS

DOW -- UP

+ 74.20

11,199.93

NASDAQ -- UP

+ 16.82

2,078.81

S&P -- UP

+7.63

1,278.55

SUN INDEX -- UP

+ 1.43

321.07

Del. jobs offered to GM workers

About 200 former workers at General Motors' former van assembly plant in Baltimore have been offered jobs this year, mostly at GM's Wilmington, Del., plant. The moves make a major dent in what's left of the local GM job bank, in which laid-off employees collect most of their former salaries. pg 1d

Point or W.Va. mill may be sold

Sparrows Point owner Mittal Steel says it probably will sell the Baltimore County steel mill or a plant in West Virginia to satisfy antitrust concerns about its pending merger with rival Arcelor SA. pg 1d

NATIONAL

Probe in Marine-shootings case

An initial U.S. military investigation supports allegations that American Marines deliberately shot 24 Iraqi civilians in Haditha in November, a Pentagon official said. pg 1a

Outcry grows over flavoring

Three members of Congress have joined an outcry for federal regulators to protect workers from lung damage caused by a chemical contained in synthetic butter flavoring. pg 3a

TODAY

Haggard didn't follow the crowd

From the three years he spent in maximum-security prison through his Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, one constant guided Merle Haggard's life and art: refusal to follow the crowd. pg 1c

Eyelash extensions now a thing

Tired of wimpy lashes or fake ones that make them look like Las Vegas showgirls, some women are opting for another solution: eyelash extensions. pg 1c

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"The dysfunction doesn't just go away. There are sex offenders who, once released from prison, do horrible things."

Maryland attorney general J. Joseph Curran Jr. Article, PG 1a

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