NATIONAL Bush aims to quell fears on Iraq President...

June 17, 2005

NATIONAL

Bush aims to quell fears on Iraq

President Bush, on the defensive about the war in Iraq as death tolls continue to climb, has launched a major effort to quell public fears about the conflict and quiet calls from Capitol Hill to bring home U.S. troops. The president plans to use public remarks, private meetings and a major speech at the end of the month to show his concern about the conflict in Iraq and his plans for succeeding there. [Page 1a]

Killen hospitalized; trial on hold

Testimony in the murder trial of former Ku Klux Klansman Edgar Ray Killen was put on hold yesterday when the 80-year-old was rushed to a hospital by ambulance, complaining of a smothering sensation in his chest. Though Killen's condition is not serious, he was to spend the night in the intensive care unit as a precaution, said Patrick Eakes, the internist who is overseeing Killen's care. [Page 9a]

WORLD

EU summit has turbulent start

Leaders of a Europe in turmoil opened two days of talks here yesterday, awash in bitter disputes over money and politics that threaten the future of the continent's 25-nation alliance. The European Union, established decades ago to bring peace and stability to a land emerging from war, is struggling to come to terms with a new reality after a jarring revolt from voters, economic malaise, mounting bureaucratic inefficiency and public fears of overly swift expansion. [Page 14a]

Bush blasts Iranian election

On the eve of the Iranian election, President Bush declared yesterday that Iran's electoral process failed to meet "the basic requirements of democracy" and said that the "oppressive record" of the country's rulers would undercut the legitimacy of the vote. [Page 14a]

MARYLAND

Migrant workers ready to work

Several dozen migrant workers from Mexico are on their way to seafood processing plants on Maryland's Eastern Shore -- the result of an emergency federal legislation that cleared Congress last month resolving problems in a U.S. visa program. [Page 1a]

Allegany debates development

A proposal to build 4,300 homes near the town of Little Orleans has triggered debate over whether the development -- Terrapin Run -- would be an economic shot in the arm for struggling Allegany County or an unwelcome intrusion of suburbia into the rural reaches of western Maryland. [Page 1a]

Prison investigators reassigned

Two internal prison investigators who had been involved in separate high-profile inquiries, including the beating death of an inmate in Baltimore last month, were reassigned with no explanation by state officials this week, according to a union representing them. We feel [their reassignment] is strictly political," said union representative Herbert Berry Jr. [Page 1b]

TODAY

`Perfect Man' in theaters today

The Perfect Man with Heather Locklear, Hilary Duff and Chris Noth opens at area theaters today. Sun Movie Critic Michael Sragow says what's sad about The Perfect Man is that it makes you nostalgic for You've Got Mail. [Page 1c]

BSO commissions concerto

A 20-minute concerto by composer Daniel Brewbaker was commissioned by the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and music director Yuri Temirkanov, underwritten by BSO board member Solomon H. Snyder and the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine Department of Neuroscience. The work, which is scored for violin and large orchestra, premiered last night. [Page 1c]

Actor inches toward success

Jordan Siebert, 24, from Fork turned a community theater role into a big break in the touring production of Hedwig and the Angry Inch. [Page 1c]

BUSINESS

NeighborCare deal shapes up

Omnicare Inc. yesterday upped its offer for Baltimore-based NeighborCare Inc. to $32 a share and said the period for federal antitrust review of the potential combination had passed without the Federal Trade Commission moving to block the acquisition. Those events made a deal more likely, perhaps later this year at a higher price, analysts speculated. [Page 1e]

Plan unveiled for old quarry site

A Timonium-based developer unveiled plans yesterday to build offices, shops and restaurants in a 230-acre mixed-used development on the site of the former Greenspring Quarry in Baltimore County. [Page 1e]

Advancis shares plunges

Shares of Advancis Pharmaceuticals Corp. dropped 59 percent yesterday to an all-time low of $2.03 after it announced disappointing clinical results that cloud the future of the Germantown biotech company. [Page 1e]

SPORTS

Browne, Mediate lead Open

Olin Browne and Rocco Mediate shot 3-under-par 67s and led the U.S. Open at the Pinehurst Resort and Country Club in North Carolina by a stroke after the first round. Retief Goosen, Lee Westwood and Brandt Jobe were at 68. [Page 1f]

Pistons top Spurs, even Finals

The Detroit Pistons tied the NBA Finals at two games apiece by beating the San Antonio Spurs, 102-71. The Pistons got big boosts off the bench from Lindsey Hunter (17 points) and Antonio McDyess (13 points) in support of Chauncey Billups 17 points. [Page 1f]

IRAQ DEVELOPMENTS

There were major developments in Iraq yesterday, including Sunni Arabs agreeing with the major Shiite alliance about representation on the constitutional committee. For updates and archived coverage on Operation Iraqi Freedom, go to www.baltimoresun.com/iraq

HEALTH & SCIENCE

Go online for today's special report on sports medicine, and find more Sun in-depth Health & Science coverage. www.baltimoresun.com/healthscience

UOTE OF THE DAY

"It's amazing what a guy has to do to get his name in the paper."

A. Robert Kaufman, candidate in the Democratic primary for U.S. Senate, returning home from the hospital yesterday after being beaten and stabbed. (Article, Page 3B)

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