Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

June 18, 2005

NATIONAL

Schiavo case inquiry

Embarking on what may be a politically risky path, Florida's Gov. Jeb Bush reopened the Terri Schiavo case yesterday by asking a prosecutor to review a perceived delay by her husband in seeking medical help after her collapse 15 years ago. [Page 3a]

Defibrillator recall issued

Guidant Corp. issued a worldwide recall of more than 40,000 surgically implanted cardiac defibrillators because of potential malfunctions. [Page 4a]

Catholic bishops target abuse

The nation's Roman Catholic bishops renewed their pledge to remove sexually abusive clerics from ministry in a near-unanimous vote yesterday to accept a revised version of their policies regarding abuse. The 235 bishops also agreed require that potential priests live celibate lifestyles for at least two years before entering the seminary. [Page 6a]

WORLD

U.S., Iraqi troops launch strike

About 1,000 U.S. and Iraqi troops, backed by aircraft, tanks and amphibious vehicles, fanned out in a coordinated strike near the Syrian border yesterday in search of insurgents. [Page 8a]

Iran presidential election

As polls closed four hours late yesterday in Iran's most closely fought presidential election in the 26 years, it appeared that none of the seven candidates would win a majority. That would force an unprecedented run-off vote likely to pit pragmatic ex-President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani against reformist candidate Mostafa Moin. [Page 9a]

No EU budget accord reached

The leaders of 25 European countries failed yesterday to agree on how to spend billions of dollars in their annual budget, dealing a final blow to a troubled summit and casting the continental alliance into a murky future. [Page 10a]

MARYLAND

Wage office to stay open

The Ehrlich administration reversed course on its plan to close the state's Prevailing Wage Office after a General Assembly attorney found a 1997 law requiring the office to employ at least five inspectors. [Page 1a]

Raise urged for city teachers

A mediation panel recommended that the city school board grant 3 percent raises to more than 8,000 employees - including retroactive for the current school year. But the board rejected the non-binding decision. [Page 1b]

Kaufman attack suspect arrested

Baltimore police arrested a man and charged him with attempted first-degree murder in the stabbing earlier this week of long-shot Senate candidate A. Robert Kaufman in his West Baltimore home. [Page 1b]

SPORTS

D3 share golf's U.S. Open lead

On a day when several top players struggled on the difficult Pinehurst No. 2 course, Olin Browne, Jason Gore and defending champion Retief Goosen played steady golf to share the lead at 2-under-par after two rounds of the U.S. Open. [Page 1c]

Rockies shut out O's, 2-1

Todd Helton's sixth-inning home run broke a scoreless tie, helping the Colorado Rockies defeat the Orioles, 2-1, before 49,004, the sixth-largest regular-season crowd in Camden Yards history. [Page 1c]

Giacomo out for rest of year

Kentucky Derby winner Giacomo has a bone chip in his left front ankle and is likely to be sidelined the rest of the year, according to trainer John Shirreffs. The 3-year-old colt will have surgery at Hollywood Park next week. [Page 2c]

BUSINESS

Tyco's Kozlowski indicted

Former Tyco International CEO Dennis Kozlowski and a subordinate were convicted yesterday of looting more than $600 million from their company. Kozlowski and his finance chief, Mark H. Swartz, face up to 30 years in prison. [Page 1a]

5,000 Md. jobs added in May

Maryland employers added nearly 5,000 jobs last month, helping nudge the unemployment rate down to 4.2 percent, the Labor Department said yesterday. Labor force participation soared by 20,500 people, an unusually large monthly increase that could signal growing faith in the economy. [Page 9c]

TODAY

Reading for fun

Novelist Michael Kun will read from his book You Poor Monster at Clayton Fine Books on North Charles Street today. Kun's books, which showcase his well-honed sense of the comic, are a grown-up version of the Good Humor truck. [Page 1d]

The return of RuPaul

RuPaul Charles, perhaps the world's most famous drag queen, is headlining tonight's Baltimore Pride Block Party. Charles is back in the spotlight, touring to promote a new album, RuPaul RedHot, as well as a line of anatomically correct RuPaul dolls. [Page 1d]

Penn's work on display

A show of Irving Penn's photographs opens tomorrow at the National Gallery of Art in Washington. Irving Penn: Platinum Prints presents a generous sampling of the photographic prints and other materials Penn donated to the museum. [Page 1d]

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"`The United States treated us with contempt. If it respects us as a partner, we will return to the talks, as early as July.'"

South Korean envoy Chung Dong Young, quoting North Korean leader Kim Jong Il on conditions for his nation rejoining negotiations over its nuclear weapons program (Article, Page 8A)

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