Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

June 06, 2005

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"Everybody's second or third choice may accumulate more votes, because another pianist alienates part of the jury."

James Conlon of the Cliburn Competition, commenting on the grumbling that often surrounds selection of the piano contest's (Article, Page 1C)

NATIONAL

Professor faces terrorism charge

Sami Al-Arian, a former University of South Florida professor, and three co-defendants will be in court to face terrorism charges in a case that began percolating a decade ago but took on new significance after the terrorist attacks of Sept 11, 2001. (Page 3A)

Close prison camp, Biden urges

Sen. Joseph R. Biden Jr., a Delaware Democrat, said yesterday that the United States must move toward shutting down its military prison camp at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. (Page 3A)

WORLD

Hussein likely to face 12 charges

Lawyers with the Iraqi Special Tribunal probably will center their case against Saddam Hussein on 12 charges of crimes against humanity, selected from up to 500 cases that they could bring against the deposed leader, an Iraqi government spokesman said yesterday. (Page 1A)

Hezbollah, allies claim victory

Hezbollah and its Shiite allies claimed a victory in southern Lebanon in yesterday's second stage of national elections, a vote the militant group hopes will prove its strength and send a message of defiance to the United States. (Page 7A)

MARYLAND

Death row appeal to use study

Lawyers for death row inmate Wesley Eugene Baker are to present this week the first oral arguments before Maryland's highest court using a University of Maryland study to try to show that Maryland's application of the death penalty is racially biased. Baker's case is one of at least five to raise the issue since the study by Professor Raymond Paternoster was released in January 2003 and first to earn a spot on the docket of the state's highest court. (Page 1A)

Review of Jessamy office sought

On the heels of Mayor Martin O'Malley's agreement to give Baltimore State's Attorney Patricia C. Jessamy the money she needs to avoid staff reductions next year, the City Council is set to introduce a resolution that would require Jessamy to subject her agency to a performance- management audit and a biannual budget review. (Page 1B)

TODAY

'Doubt." "Spamalot' win Tonys

Doubt, John Patrick Shanley's drama of suspicion and certainty set in a parochial school in the Bronx, was named best play at last night's Tony awards. The season's most widely praised drama, it captured two acting Tonys, for star Cherry Jones and for featured performer Adriane Lenox. Monty Python's Spamalot was named best musical. (Page 1C)

Russia's Kobrin wins Cliburn

Alexander Kobrin, 25, of Russia won the gold medal at the 12th Cliburn Competition. The pianist's prodigious technique, rich tone and somewhat constrained, super-serious personality stamped "winner" on him throughout the contest's finals. (Page 1C)

'Madagascar' king at box-office

The animated children's tale Madagascar climbed to the No. 1 spot with $28.7 million in its second weekend. Adam Sandler's The Longest Yard took in $26.1 million in its second weekend, followed by Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith, grossing $26 million in its third weekend. (Page 3C)

SPORTS

O's Cabrera beats Tigers, 6-2

Daniel Cabrera (5-4) went seven innings, shutting out the Tigers after Dmitri Young's two-run home run in the first, and pitched the Orioles to a 6-2 victory in Detroit. The season's longest road trip will continue tonight in Pittsburgh. (Page 1D)

Biffle victorious at Dover

Greg Biffle took the MBNA RacePoints 400 title at Dover (Del.) International Speedway, earning his Nextel Cup series-leading fourth victory of the season to close within 46 points of leader Jimmie Johnson. (Page 1D)

Nadal takes French men's title

Rafael Nadal, 19, won the French Open, overcoming unseeded Mariano Puerta, 6-7, 6-3, 6-1, 7-5, to become the first teenager to claim a Grand Slam men's title since Pete Sampras took the U.S. Open in 1990. (Page 3D)

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