Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

June 01, 2005

NATIONAL

Andersen conviction thrown out

The Supreme Court threw out the government's high-profile conviction against Arthur Andersen yesterday, saying in a unanimous decision that jurors relied on flawed instructions in 2002 when they found that the accounting giant had obstructed justice by destroying reams of Enron-related files. [Page 1a]

Smoking studies target women

Tobacco companies did extensive studies of gender differences in smoking so they could design products with appeal to women, such as lemon-flavored and vanilla-scented cigarettes, a new study has found. [Page 3a]

FOR THE RECORD - A photo caption in the Sun Digest on Page 2A of yesterday's editions erroneously said that former FBI officials W. Mark Felt and Edward S. Miller were pardoned for convictions in the Watergate scandal. They were convicted for authorizing illegal break-ins during an investigation of the Weather Underground antiwar group. The Sun rerets the error.

WORLD

Chinese attorney detained

Authorities detained Chinese attorney Zhu Jiuhu, who is a leading activist in pushing for the development of rule of law in Beijing, after he tried to file a landmark civil suit against the government, according to his colleagues. [Page 1a]

Russian tycoon sentenced

A Russian court convicted Mikhail B. Khodorkovsky, the founder of Yukos Oil, on fraud and tax evasion charges yesterday. A three-judge panel in Moscow's Meschansky Court sentenced Khodorkovsky and his business partner, Platon Lebedev, to nine years in prison. [Page 8a]

MARYLAND

Party leaders push early primary

State Democratic Party leaders are pushing to move the 2006 primary forward from September to June, altering four decades of tradition, so that their nominees for governor and U.S. Senate have extra weeks to prepare for Republican opponents. [Page 1a]

Curran's challenge blocked

The Ehrlich administration has blocked Maryland Attorney General J. Joseph Curran Jr. from going to court to challenge new federal regulations that environmental groups say will hinder efforts to curb air pollution from power plants. [Page 1b]

Gun buyback program returns

Baltimore police will begin a $100,000 gun buyback program today - an initiative that Mayor Martin O'Malley criticized five years ago soon after taking office. However, a spokeswoman said O'Malley supports this program, in part because it is being paid for with assets seized from drug dealers. [Page 1b]

BUSINESS

Consolidating student loans

Lenders are bracing for a stampede of borrowers trying to consolidate their federal student loans. The rates are set to jump by nearly 2 percentage points next month, the largest single-year increase in decades. The new variable rates on federal loans were set at yesterday's 91-day Treasury bill auction. The rates will be effective from the first of next month through June 2006. [Page 1c]

State report offers port advice

After a messy public battle for power at the port of Baltimore ended with the resignation of its chief executive this year, frustrated lawmakers and port interests urgently debated how to separate politics and waterfront business. A recent report commissioned by the state offers advice on running the port more like a business and less like a state agency. [Page 1c]

TODAY

`Sisterhood' travels to theaters

Alexis Bledel, Amber Tamblyn, America Ferrera and Blake Lively star in The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, a movie based on the book by Ann Brashares. It opens in theaters today. [Page 1d]

Live 8 concerts to benefit Africa

London's Hyde Park, Circus Maximus in Rome and the Philadelphia Museum of Art are among the venues for Live 8, a series of concerts being organized by Bob Geldof, the brain behind the 1985 Live Aid concert for African famine relief. Now, stars are joining a five-city spectacular to push a political solution for poverty in Africa. [Page 1d]

`Beauty and the Geek' on WB

Ashton Kutcher's latest project, Beauty and the Geek, premieres tonight on the WB network and takes reality competition to a new level. Seven women pair off with seven socially inept men. The guys educate the women on history and spelling. The women help the men learn to mingle, and the most-improved team earns $250,000. [Page 1d]

SPORTS

Red Sox beat O's Cabrera, 5-1

Hitless for four innings against Daniel Cabrera, the Boston Red Sox scored four runs in the fifth and beat the Orioles, 5-1, at Fenway Park, handing them their fourth loss in five games. Boston cut the Orioles' lead in the American League East to three games. [Page 1e]

Nationals rally past Braves, 5-4

Nick Johnson hit a go-ahead two-run double in the seventh inning, and the Washington Nationals scored all their runs off relievers in a 5-4 victory over the Atlanta Braves at RFK Stadium. The Nationals' third straight victory follows a five-game losing streak. [Page 6e]

WORKING

Checking up on employees

Employers are running background checks on long-standing employees and new ones. The number of checks has tripled during the past eight years, experts said, mostly because of growing security concerns, the technological ease in obtaining the information and its declining costs. [Page 1k ]

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"The reason for the do-not-call list is very obvious. If people are just going to break the rule, then that is a real problem." Maryland Attorney General J. Joseph Curran, Jr. on the first case brought in Maryland under the do-not-call law (Article, Page 1C)

TODAY ONLINE

DEEP THROAT UNVEILED

Former FBI official W. Mark Felt admits he was the mysterious source "Deep Throat" who helped lead to the downfall of President Richard M. Nixon for Watergate coverups. Read the stories, see photos and related information at www.baltimoresun.com/deepthroat

WORKING

Visit the online version of our weekly Working section, where you'll find stories to help you in the workplace, archived question and answer sessions with local business experts, and a searchable database of employment ads. www.baltimoresun.com/working

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