Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

June 12, 2005

NATIONAL

FBI to share decision

The White House says the FBI has agreed to give John D. Negroponte, the director of national intelligence, a role in choosing a powerful new intelligence chief at the bureau - the first time in the agency's history that an outsider would get such a significant role. [Page 1a]

WORLD

Marines attack insurgents in Iraq

U.S. Marines launched airstrikes against insurgents in western Iraq, killing 40, while a wave of attacks around Baghdad left at least 30 Iraqis dead. [Page 1a]

MARYLAND

Balto. Co. plans sewer overhaul

Baltimore County has tentatively agreed to make more than $800 million in repairs and improvements to its aging sewer system and to pay a $750,000 fine for past sewage spills under a proposed settlement with state and federal environmental agencies and the Department of Justice. [Page 1b]

Why don't people use trash cans?

Baltimore officials are using focus groups and interviews to find out why many city residents aren't using the 100,000 trash cans distributed two years ago. [Page 3b]

SPORTS

Reds rout Orioles, 10-1

Daniel Cabrera was tagged for seven runs on five hits as he lasted just two innings in the Orioles' 10-1 loss to the Cincinnati Reds. Felipe Lopez hit a second-inning grand slam for the Reds, and starter Brandon Claussen held the Orioles to three hits over a career-high eight innings. [Page 1e]

Afleet Alex storms to Belmont win

Preakness winner Afleet Alex scored an overpowering, seven-length victory in the Belmont Stakes. [Page 1e]

Sorenstam cruising in LPGA

Annika Sorenstam blew away the field in the LPGA Championship with her 14th consecutive round in the 60s to take a five-shot lead into the final round in Havre de Grace. Sorenstam shot a 3-under 69. [Page 1e]

BUSINESS

Companies wrestle with rumors

Neither Legg Mason Inc. or Citigroup Inc. has confirmed or denied rumors they are in talks to swap some operations, saying it's corporate policy not to comment on market rumors. Some rumors disappear like a cloud. But speculation can drive a stock price, dampen morale and hurt customer relations. [Page 1d]

Ruling hurts small biotech firms

Small biotech businesses are setting aside research because grants they once received from the National Institutes of Health have dried up under a 2003 ruling. [Page 1d]

TRAVEL

Iceland's surprising terrain

Mention Iceland, and most people think - what else? - ice. But more than half of the land is considered desert plateaus. Another 11 percent is lava fields. [Page 1r]

HOME & FAMILY

Subtlety against substance abuse

Euphoria, by Baltimore filmmaker Lee Boot, is not your typical educational film that battles substance abuse with an avalanche of scary facts. Its message arrives instead through symbols, questions and thoughts over the course of the film. [Page 1n]

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"He has velvet-covered steel fists."

State Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller, about James C. "Chip" DiPaula Jr. (Article, Page 1B)

TODAY ONLINE

COPING DAY BY DAY

See a video of Sun health reporter Jonathan Bor discussing his Perspective article about the challenges facing soldiers severely injured in Iraq and their doctors. www.baltimoresun.com/challenge

THE MUSIC OF GILCHRIST

Read Sun feature writer Carl Schoettler's Arts & Society profile of local jazz pianist Lafayette Gilchrist, then go online to hear clips of three of Gilchrist's compositions. www.baltimoresun.com/gilchrist

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