Highway, transit proposal

A massive $286 billion plan for the nation's highways and transit systems neared final approval in the House last night, giving lawmakers something to brag about to constituents as they prepared to head home for Congress' monthlong summer vacation. [Page 1a]

NASA shuttle mission

NASA officials said yesterday that they were confident that Discovery had weathered its launch without major damage and will likely be able to return without a problem. [Page 3a]

FDA bans animal antibiotic

The Food and Drug Administration took its first step yesterday toward stemming the increase of drug-resistant bacteria by banning the use of an antibiotic given to animals. The agency ordered off the market a drug commonly given to chickens and turkeys with respiratory infections. [Page 3a]


IRA vows to lay down arms

The Irish Republican Army announced yesterday that it would end its bloody 36-year campaign of violence against Britain and lay down its arms. The announcement was seen as a monumental move and praised from nearly all quarters - but quickly followed with calls for proof. [Page 1a]

More arrests in London bombings

London police made more arrests and questioned suspects in connection with the recent bus and subway bombings - and issued a chilling warning that more attacks could be on the way. It's "a race against time," said Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Ian Blair. [Page 1a]


Pier Six's future uncertain

Pier Six Concert Pavilion, Baltimore's summertime entertainment destination for 24 years, is either folding its pointy white tent and moving from its current harbor perch or staying put for a full-scale overhaul - depending on which of two wildly differing proposals from top development teams is favored by city officials. [Page 1a]

Arundel firefighters' cancer risk

Anne Arundel County firefighters have a greater cancer risk than the general public, though the health problems of 17 firefighters with cancer could not be directly linked to training methods that include exposure to cancer-causing PCBs, a Johns Hopkins University public health study says. But researchers recommended a broader look at cancer cases among the thousands of firefighters who have trained at the county's Millersville fire academy. [Page 1b]

Canton development

Area residents are seeing a developer's vision for energizing Canton's waterfront as a looming threat to the neighborhood's character. The proposal includes changing a sleepy shopping area into a full-blown destination with hip restaurants, a hotel and condos - punctuated by a landmark high-rise that would jut 295 feet above Boston Street, a height along the harbor now reached only by South Baltimore's HarborView tower. [Page 1b]


Suicide at newspaper

Wednesday's suicide of a former Miami city commissioner in the lobby of the Miami Herald follows a long line of similar acts of desperation but should not stop the press from investigating corruption, said Matthew Felling of the Center for Media and Public Affairs in Washington. Journalists are "paid to be writers, not therapists," Felling said. [Page 1c]

Museum director leaves

Thom Collins, who helped turn around the Contemporary Museum in Baltimore, will become director of the art museum at Purchase College in Purchase, N.Y. He will leave the Contemporary on firm financial footing, with a budget of about $650,000, up from $250,000 when Collins arrived, said museum board president Thomas F. O'Neil III. [Page 1c]

FEC clears Sinclair documentary

The Federal Elections Commission has ruled that Hunt Valley-based Sinclair Broadcasting did not violate federal election law by airing portions of a documentary critical of John Kerry in the weeks leading up to the Nov. 2 presidential election. The Democratic National Committee had charged that the documentary amounted to an illegal in-kind donation to the GOP. [Page 8c]


Competition for GM plant

General Motors Corp., which closed its Baltimore van manufacturing plant in May, said it expects stiff competition among developers vying to buy the vast industrial property on the city's eastern fringe. Dozens of developers have expressed interest or toured the plant, and at least a dozen are expected to submit proposals by Monday, a deadline set by the auto manufacturer. [Page 1d]


Rangers edge Orioles, 2-1

Former Oriole David Dellucci hit a tiebreaking ninth-inning homer, and Alfonso Soriano also connected to lead the Texas Rangers past the Orioles, 2-1. Texas took three of four from the sinking Orioles, who lost starting pitcher Sidney Ponson with a bruised right thumb. [Page 1f]

Phelps wins 200 meter IM

Michael Phelps of Rodgers Forge finished seventh in the 100 meter freestyle at the World Aquatics Championships in Montreal, but won gold in the 200 meter individual medley, tying a championship record by finishing in 1 minute, 56.68 seconds. [Page 1f]

Nationals swept by Braves

Rookie Jeff Francoeur homered twice, and the Atlanta Braves beat the Washington Nationals, 5-4, to complete a three-game sweep. With the sweep, the Braves stretched their lead over Washington to three games in the National League East after the teams entered the series tied for first place. [Page 8f]



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"You can't escape the fact that what this man did was irrational and unhinged. No journalist can know that a politician would choose death over disgrace."

Media analyst Matthew Felling, on the suicide of a former Miami public official accused of corruption (Article, Page 1C)








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