Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

June 14, 2005

NATIONAL

Jackson cleared of all charges

Recording superstar Michael Jackson returned to his Neverland Ranch a free man after a California jury cleared him of charges that he had plied a 13-year- old cancer patient with alcohol, molested him, then conspired to imprison the boy and his family. [Page 1a]

Court sides with two on jury bias

Siding in two cases with black murder defendants who claimed they faced juries unfairly stacked with white panelists, the Supreme Court admonished lower courts and prosecutors yesterday to more carefully consider possible racial bias during jury selection. [Page 1a]

WORLD

Video of Saddam Hussein released

The tribunal that will try Saddam Hussein for war crimes released a video of the deposed Iraqi president being questioned. The footage showed a bearded Hussein in a dark suit and open-collared white shirt speaking with tribunal head judge Raad Juhi. [Page 11a]

Head of IAEA given third term

The International Atomic Energy Agency reappointed Mohamed ElBaradei for a third term as head of the organization after the Bush administration dropped its opposition. [Page 13a]

MARYLAND

Hundreds protest bus proposals

Area residents turned out by the hundreds at a hearing yesterday to vent their anger at state officials who are proposing a radical restructuring of Maryland Transit Administration bus routes. [Page 1a]

Children's shelter in office building

The city Department of Social Services is using a downtown office building as a shelter for troubled children who refuse to be placed in group homes. The children sleep upright in chairs or on thin mattresses on the floor, and although they are supervised by adults, some have run away. [Page 1a]

Council OKs $2.32 billion budget

The City Council approved a $2.32 billion budget for next year that boosts public safety spending and reduces the property tax rate by 2 cents per $100 of assessed value. The budget increase is 6.5 percent over this year. [Page 1b]

Towson U. gets $10.2 million gift

The estate of Jess Fisher, the founder of a Washington-based real estate company, donated a record $10.2 million to Towson University's college of science and mathematics to create an endowed chair and two scholarships. Fisher never graduated because he ran out of money, his accountant said. [Page 1b]

BUSINESS

Court won't hear media appeal

The Supreme Court declined to hear appeals from newspapers and broadcasters seeking to restore new federal rules that would have eased restrictions on the number of media outlets a company can own in one market. [Page 1c]

Women attend tech conference

Women from 28 countries are attending an international symposium this week in Baltimore with a goal to create a five-year plan giving women around the world better access to information technology and ultimately helping them achieve leadership roles. [Page 1c]

Morgan Stanley CEO to resign

Chief Executive Officer Philip J. Purcell, whose time at the helm of Morgan Stanley has been marked by legal squabbles and internal dissent, said he will resign when his successor is named. [Page 1c]

TODAY

UniverSoul Circus to begin run

In 1994, Baltimore native Cedric Walker created UniverSoul Circus, which begins a six-day run at Security Square Mall tonight and includes all the mainstays that circus enthusiasts love. UniverSoul is the nation's only African-American owned and operated circus. [Page 1d]

New `Batman' back to reality

In a summer filled with special effects-laden movies, Christopher Nolan is moving back to reality. For his Batman Begins, a Batmobile was built from scratch (the studio wanted the car to be computer-generated) and a scene depicting a 75 mph windstorm was shot during a 75 mph windstorm in Iceland. [Page 1d]

SPORTS

Orioles' Penn gets first win, 8-5

Orioles rookie Hayden Penn went 5 2/3 innings for his first major league victory, defeating the Houston Astros, 8-5, at Camden Yards. Jay Gibbons and Larry Bigbie homered during a six-run second inning. [Page 1e]

Injured Ghostzapper is retired

Ghostzapper, 2004 Horse of the Year, was retired after discovery of a hairline fracture of his left front ankle. [Page 2e]

O's seek dismissal of Comcast suit

Attorneys for the Orioles filed a motion to dismiss a Comcast SportsNet lawsuit against the club and Major League Baseball, labeling as baseless the cable station's claims that the Orioles are violating a broadcast contract. [Page 3e]

TODAY ONLINE

MICHAEL JACKSON NOT GUILTY

Jurors found Michael Jackson not guilty on all 10 counts in his molestation trial. Get complete coverage of the verdict, reaction, archived coverage of the trial, multimedia features and more. www.baltimoresun.com/michaeljackson

PRISON Q & A

Read answers from Sun reporters Greg Garland, Gus Sentementes and Ryan Davis to your questions on Maryland's prison system. www.baltimoresun.com/prisonqa

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"The Hubble Space Telescope is the world's most powerful telescope, and to be given the task of guiding its science program is something one dreams about."

Mattias Mountain, new director of the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore (Article, Page 1A)

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