Sun News Digest


May 15, 2007


I-95 ramp to reopen tomorrow

The fatal tanker-truck accident Sunday evening that turned a South Baltimore interstate ramp into a waterfall of blazing ethanol caused no structural damage, authorities said yesterday. The entrance ramp to southbound Interstate 95 is expected to reopen by Wednesday morning. pg 1B

City opens new library

Yesterday's opening of the 27,000-square-foot, $16.2 million library was a boon to a struggling neighborhood. And, as the first new public library building to open in the city in 35 years, it was symbolic of a turnaround for the city's Enoch Pratt Free Library system. pg 1B


Padilla trial begins in Miami

As the curtain opened in the nation's biggest terrorism trial, a dozen jurors heard wildly different accounts about whether Jose Padilla and two others were supporters of al-Qaida or of freedom fighters for persecuted Muslims abroad. pg 3A


Iran enriching uranium

Inspectors for the International Atomic Energy Agency have concluded that Iran appears to have solved most of its technological problems and is beginning to enrich uranium on a far larger scale than before, according to the agency's top officials. pg 1A

Six more U.S. troops die

The United States acknowledged for the first time that three missing American soldiers probably are being held by militants linked to al-Qaida, and announced the deaths of six more U.S. troops. pg 7A















Wheelchair athlete denied

A federal judge rejected Atholton High junior Tatyana McFadden's effort to force officials to allow wheelchair athletes to win points for their teams in the upcoming state track and field championships. PG 4E


Champion for abused children

One of the city's top homicide detectives, Bill Ritz can spend days on end trying to solve a whodunit, immersed in fingerprints, blood smears and photos of murder victims. You'd think that anyone in that line of work would get as far away from it as possible at the end of his shift. Instead, the man noted for his case-cracking prowess has championed funding for the area's sexually abused children. pg 1C

Inside look at an Idol

When Lakisha Jones was competing on American Idol, she presented a demeanor that was characterized at times as reserved, impassive, even stoical. But during a brief telephone interview yesterday, Jones offered tantalizing glimpses into what her life was like before she was chosen to compete in the blockbuster national talent show last winter. pg 1C

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