Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

June 13, 2005

NATIONAL

Guantanamo

Some Bush administration officials have come to believe the U.S. detention camp in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, should be closed because reports of abuse have created a public-relations problem, a senior Republican lawmaker said yesterday. [Page 3a]

Fire kills five in Philadelphia

The security bars in the windows were meant to keep the family safe. But when a fast-moving fire broke out, the bars turned the Philadelphia home into a deathtrap for five young children. Two adults escaped by jumping from a second-floor window, but the five children, ages 6 months to 6 years died. Three were siblings, and the other two were their cousins, neighbors said. [Page 3a]

Diabetes testing benefits shown

Women who develop diabetes during pregnancy give birth to healthier babies if they are aggressively treated, concludes a large new study that helps bolster the case for testing all pregnant women for the condition. [Page 5a]

WORLD

Bombings kill at least 7 in Iran

Iran's lackluster presidential election season erupted in violence yesterday, with five bombs killing at least seven people, and Iranian police beating and arresting protesters at a women's rights demonstration in Tehran. [Page 8a]

Setback for anti-Syrian groups

A popular former general emerged from exile to deliver a setback to powerful anti-Syrian groups yesterday in the most crucial stage of the Lebanese multipart parliamentary elections. [Page 8a]

MARYLAND

City Council to vote on budget

In 12 months, Baltimore's city government has gone from predicting its worst financial year in decades to realizing its most prosperous stretch in recent memory. Today, as the City Council votes on Martin O'Malley's $2.32 billion budget plan, the focus is on surpluses, tax reductions and increased services. [Page 1b]

Schools offer exam help

Some Maryland school districts are offering incoming ninth-graders extra help to ensure they'll surmount the newest obstacle between them and their high school diplomas: exit exams. To graduate, members of the Class of 2009 will have to pass High School Assessment tests in English, U.S. government, biology and algebra. [Page 1b]

Stopping new school programs

Morgan State University President Earl S. Richardson, who is trying to prevent Towson University from offering a master's in business administration, has four times in the past five years kept public universities in Maryland from launching new programs by noting the state's segregated past. [Page 1b]

TODAY

Nonprofit housing in city

A former orphanage and convent in Baltimore's Ednor Gardens neighborhood has been reborn as affordable housing for foster families and people with disabilities. [Page 1c]

Publicizing new museum

With an eye on the opening June 25 of the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture, the Baltimore Area Convention and Visitors Association will increase its spending on ads in predominantly black media, said association spokeswoman Nancy Hinds. [Page 1a]

SPORTS

O's lose final game of road trip

A 14-day road trip ended for the Orioles as they lost to the Cincinnati Reds, 10-6. Sammy Sosa homered twice for the Orioles. The Reds' Ken Griffey hit his 512th homer, tying him for 16th on the all-time list. [Page 1d]

Nationals win 10th in row

The Washington Nationals won their 10th straight game, beating the Seattle Mariners, 3-2, and completing a 12-1 homestand. Junior Spivey hit a two-run homer, and Tony Armas pitched five scoreless innings. [Page 1d]

Garcia wins Booz Allen by 2

Sergio Garcia shot a 30 on the front nine and closed with a 6-under 65 for a two-stroke victory in the Booz Allen Classic at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda. Davis Love III, Ben Crane and Adam Scott tied for second. [Page 8d]

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"People are drinking a lot of the Chesapeake."

Brian Earley, one of the 600 swimmers competing yesterday in the annual 4.4-mile Great Chesapeake Bay Swim. (Article, Page 1B)

TODAY ONLINE

MARYLAND WEATHER

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GOLF GALLERY

Get comprehensive coverage and multimedia from this past weekend's McDonald's LPGA Championship at Bulle Rock and Booz Allen Classic at Congressional Country Club at www.baltimoresun.com/golf

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