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Shuttle docks at space station

NASA discovered a worrisome gouge on Endeavour's belly soon after the shuttle docked with the International Space Station yesterday, possibly caused by ice that broke off the fuel tank one minute after liftoff. pg 3a

Man charged in N.J. deaths

A suspect in the killings of three college students pleaded not guilty yesterday in Newark, N.J., as prosecutors tried to explain why the illegal immigrant from Peru was granted bail this year on assault and child rape charges. pg 6a


Congregation marks milestone

Members of Beth Jacob Congregation will celebrate their last Shabbat service today. Once the only Modern Orthodox community on Park Heights Avenue, Beth Jacob's membership has now dwindled to about 500, with about 125 regularly attending Saturday morning worship services. pg 1B

State GOP is almost broke

The Maryland Republican Party, reeling from the loss of the governor's mansion, is nearly broke, according to a copy of its financial statement obtained by The Sun. The state GOP treasurer's report from July 31 shows the party had $4,615 in cash and $50,500 in debt. pg 1B

Diverse experience at Academy

Giancarlo Alpuche looked every bit like the other 1,200 Naval Academy freshmen who reunited with family after six weeks of indoctrination. The Belize native is one of 48 international students who attend the Academy as part of a military exchange program that dates to the Civil War. pg 1B

Cyberspace as a road lifesaver

The next breakthrough in making driving safer might come from cyberspace. For a new generation of drivers, safety could come through a national wireless network that would enable cars to communicate electronically with one another and with the roads they're driving on. pg 8D

Fannie, Freddie denied debt bid

Mortgage finance giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac will not be allowed to take on more debt, the government said, denying requests to relax the companies' investment caps as a way to pump cash into the struggling mortgage market. pg 8D


Woods takes lead at PGA

Tiger Woods shoots a 7-under 63 to claim a two-shot lead after the second round of the PGA Championship. pg 1d

J. Gordon gets Nextel Cup pole

NASCAR cancels qualifying at Watkins Glen (N.Y.) International because of bad weather, allowing points leader Jeff Gordon to take the pole position for tomorrow's Centurion Boats at The Glen. pg 4d

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