Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

June 19, 2005

NATIONAL

Bush addresses public qualmsWith his second-term priorities stalling and his approval ratings in the doldrums, President Bush is making new efforts to reassure the public about the war in Iraq and the health of the economy, hoping to reclaim the support he needs to re-energize his ambitious agenda. [Page 1a]

MasterCard clarifies fraud risk

MasterCard announced yesterday that about 68,000 credit card users were considered at high risk, after 13.9 million MasterCard accounts were exposed to possible fraud. And while those 68,000 should monitor their credit or debit card accounts, customers do not have to worry about identity theft, the company said. [Page 3a]

WORLD

Russian mortality rising

Since the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, life expectancy in Russia has plummeted. No one really knows why. It is a phenomenon unprecedented outside of war, plague or famine. It also is one of the great medical mysteries of the early 21st century, with broad implications for global health. [Page 1a]

Iran's reformists dispute vote

Two reform candidates angrily challenged the results of Iran's presidential election yesterday, charging that hard-line factions manipulated the vote in favor of the conservative mayor of Tehran, a former Revolutionary Guard with little political experience. [Page 16a]

Rift widens at EU summit

British Prime Minister Tony Blair emerged from a bitter European Union summit defiant, calling ever more loudly for fundamental reform of the floundering bloc. Blair was unapologetic over sharply divergent visions of the EU's future, fueled by growing tension between the British leader and French President Jacques Chirac. [Page 19a]

MARYLAND

Curran hopes to run for 6th term

Maryland Attorney General J. Joseph Curran Jr. says he intends to run for a sixth term next year but would reconsider if it appears his candidacy is harming the political prospects of Baltimore Mayor Martin O'Malley, his son-in-law and presumed Democratic contender for governor. [Page 1b]

Gold and glory for Olympians

More than 1,000 athletes with mental disabilities are competing this weekend at Towson University in the Special Olympics Maryland Summer Games. "For most of these athletes, this is the most important day of the year," said Patricia Krebs, president of Special Olympics Maryland. [Page 1b]

BUSINESS

Colleges carve a niche online

The number of people earning degrees online has more than tripled during the past four years to more than 1 million. As Americans seek to increase their training and climb the corporate ladder, for-profit universities are expanding on the Internet in what has become the fastest-growing segment of higher education. [Page 1d]

SPORTS

Goosen surges at U.S. Open

Retief Goosen seized control of the U.S. Open with three birdies on the final five holes, the last one a 25-footer from just off the 18th green that gave him a 1-under 69 - one of only two rounds under par - and a three-shot lead over journeymen Olin Browne and Jason Gore. [Page 1e]

Sosa helps O's top Rockies

Sammy Sosa hit his 583rd home run to tie Mark McGwire for sixth place on the career list, highlighting a six-run fourth inning that carried the Orioles past the Colorado Rockies, 7-2. Sidney Ponson (7-4) gave up two runs and nine hits in seven innings for the Orioles, who have won four of five. [Page 1e)

ARTS & SOCIETY

Russell's mission nearly complete

After 11 arduous years, the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture is about to open. Board chairman George L. Russell Jr. is in large part the man who built it: raising funds, wooing movers and shakers, overseeing details and absorbing criticism when plans faltered. [Page 1f]

TODAY ONLINE

REMEMBERING CAL SR.

In honor of Father's Day, Cal Ripken Jr. reminisces about growing up with Cal Sr. Read the article, then check out our online Ripken gallery. www.baltimoresun.com/ripken

MUSEUM MAN

Read Sun feature writer Joe Burris' Arts & Society article about George L. Russell Jr., head of the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture. Then go online to see a video about Russell and the museum. www.baltimoresun.com/museum

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