Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

June 16, 2005

NATIONAL

Schiavo autopsy offers answersAn autopsy on Terri Schiavo found that she had extensive, irreversible brain damage, a Florida medical examiner's office said yesterday in a report that gave scientific support to her husband's decision to withdraw her feeding tube. [Page 1a]

Maryland's House millionaires

The eight-member Maryland House delegation has three millionaires, according to public records released yesterday, including Rep. Benjamin L. Cardin, who is running for U.S. Senate in next year's elections. [Page 3a]

Jury hears defendant's KKK past

The long-awaited murder trial of Edgar Ray Killen got under way yesterday with attorneys for both sides acknowledging to a racially diverse jury that the 80-year-old defendant was a member of the Ku Klux Klan when three civil rights workers were killed in 1964. [Page 12a]

WORLD

Australian hostage rescued

Iraqi troops rescued a kidnapped Australian contractor during a raid in Baghdad, officials announced yesterday, while a suicide bomber killed at least 23 Iraqi soldiers at a mess hall north of the capital during another violent day across Iraq. [Page 17a]

Iran's plutonium experiments

Investigators for the U.N. atomic watchdog agency said in a draft report to be made public today that Iran has acknowledged experimenting with plutonium more recently than was known previously and has yet to fill in crucial information about its efforts to obtain sophisticated centrifuges. [Page 18a]

MARYLAND

Steele steps toward Senate bid

Lt. Gov. Michael S. Steele announced yesterday he will begin raising money in anticipation of running for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by retiring Democrat Paul S. Sarbanes. Saying he is "ready to step up and take the challenge" of higher office, Steele unveiled an exploratory campaign committee during a morning conference call coordinated by the National Republican Senatorial Committee. [Page 1a]

Ehrlich closing wage offices

The Ehrlich administration is shutting down the offices that enforce minimum wage and prevailing-wage laws, ignoring legislation passed by the General Assembly this year directing the governor to keep them open. Legislative leaders called the move a back-door attempt to repeal the prevailing-wage statute. [Page 1a]

SPORTS

O's complete sweep of Astros

Rodrigo Lopez pitched eight innings of four-hit ball, and the Orioles beat the Houston Astros, 5-1, for a three-game sweep. Melvin Mora homered, Jay Gibbons had three hits and Brian Roberts went 2-for-3 with two RBIs for the Orioles. [Page 1c]

Madden joining NBC

John Madden has signed a six-year deal to be NBC's lead analyst for its NFL coverage. The network begins broadcasting the NFL Sunday night game in 2006. [Page 1c]

BUSINESS

Mutual fund suits may yield little

Nearly two years after New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer shocked mom-and-pop investors by accusing the mutual fund industry of cheating them, a battery of lawyers has been quietly litigating a huge civil action brought on behalf of those investors in federal court in Baltimore. However, legal experts say that any money recovered for investors wouldn't buy most of them a hot dog and soda. [Page 1a]

Rouse retirees losing insurance

General Growth Properties Inc., the Chicago real estate giant that bought the Columbia developer Rouse Co. last fall, is dropping company-paid health and life insurance for Rouse retirees. That's happening more and more. Nationally, 55 percent of large private employers offered health coverage to retirees over age 65, down from 80 percent in 1991. [Page 1d]

Hagerstown hospital plan opposed

When hospital construction projects are sent to state health planners for review, they're usually accompanied by letters of support from local elected officials. The opposite was the case, however, for Washington County Hospital. The Hagerstown city government objected to the cost and location. The challenge by a hometown government appears to be unprecedented. [Page 1d]

TODAY

Atoning through artwork

The state's first traveling exhibit of inmate art to benefit the victims of crime makes its debut today. All works are for sale, and an opening auction will kick off the show at the Eubie Blake Center tonight. [Page 1e]

African-American museum's birth

A documentary on the making of the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture debuts on Maryland Public Television tonight. Sun Television Critic David Zurawik says A Journey of Faith: The Creation of the Reginald F. Lewis Museum offers glimpses of pivotal moments in the creation of Baltimore's newest cultural center. [Page 1e]

WBAL president leaving

After a seven-year run during which he led WBAL-TV (Channel 11) to new heights in ratings and prestige, Bill Fine will leave Baltimore's NBC affiliate next month to become executive vice president and general manager of WCVB-TV, the ABC affiliate in Boston. Hearst-Argyle Television Inc. owns both stations. [Page 5e]

TODAY ONLINE

ROUSE RETIREES TO LOSE COVERAGE

General Growth Properties, which acquired the Rouse Co. last year, informed Rouse retirees that it is ending company-paid health and life insurance. Read about it, along with archived Rouse Co. articles at www.baltimoresun.com/rouse

MORE STEROIDS TESTIMONY

The House Government Reform Committee heard testimony on Wednesday about the use of steroids among high schoolage girls. For more on the story and archived coverage about the issue of steroids in sports, go to www.baltimoresun.com/steroids

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"The governor is my homeboy. I always, regardless of what I am doing, am going to take care of my homeboy."

Lt. Gov. Michael S. Steele, on his potential run for U.S. Senate (Article, Page 1A)

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