Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

June 20, 2005

NATIONAL

Asbestos program overhaulMaryland's program for dealing with asbestos-related claims is designed to provide the most help to the sickest people and has a settlement rate of about 90 percent. But legislation with bipartisan support in Congress would scrap it -- and all individual state programs -- in favor of a national effort that would bar victims' access to the courts. [Page 1a]

Drug ad moratorium mulled

The American Medical Association is considering supporting a moratorium on advertisements for prescription drugs, which would increase pressure on the government and drug makers to ensure consumer safety once prescription drugs reach the market. [Page 3a]

Push to act on global warming

Momentum appears to be building in Congress for a move to address global warming by limiting emissions of greenhouse gases. All three alternatives that may be considered by the Senate are weaker that the Kyoto Protocol, which was rejected by the Bush administration. [Page 5a]

WORLD

23 die in Iraq restaurant blast

A bomb blast ripped through a Baghdad restaurant, killing at least 23, and violence claimed about a dozen lives elsewhere in Iraq. The upsurge in bloodshed came as Iraqi officials prepared to seek investment at a major international conference this week in Brussels, Belgium. [Page 1a]

Lebanese elections

After Lebanese voters went to the polls in the last round of parliamentary elections, a powerful anti-Syrian bloc claimed a sweeping victory and appeared to have won control of the national legislature. Such an outcome would signal the end of Syria's long sway over Lebanese affairs. [Page 7a]

MARYLAND

Sheltering kids in office defended

Since January, more than 100 children have slept for a night or more at the Baltimore City Department of Social Services office at 301 N. Gay Street -- including a 16-year-old girl for 20 nights in a row, according to lawyers who represent foster children. Use of the office as a de facto shelter outraged foster care advocates when it became public last week, but city social services officials say it's better to let children sleep there than roam the streets. [Page 1b]

2 die in city homicides

A man was fatally stabbed during a fight in the basement of Baltimore's historic Mount Vernon Place United Methodist Church in one of two weekend homicides reported yesterday by city police. The slaying occurred as homeless and needy people were being served dinner there late Saturday afternoon, police said. [Page 3b]

TODAY

Lilly Pulitzer still in fashion

No matter the season, Lilly Pulitzer enthusiasts are everywhere. Their fashion euphoria has kept the single-themed fashion label alive since the 1960s, despite a 10-year period when the company -- made famous for its casually elegant clothes -- was completely shut down. [Page 1c]

A much calmer Morissette

Ten years ago, Alanis Morissette was the angriest woman in rock. But at the Meyerhoff last weekend, as the Canadian superstar revisited the bitter tunes of Jagged Little Pill that made her such a pop phenomenon, she revealed her evolution as an artist and a smiling, calm, easy demeanor. [Page 1c]

`Batman' begins big at box office

Batman Begins debuted as the weekend's top movie, pulling in $46.9 million, but overall revenues skidded for the 17th straight weekend, tying a slide in 1985 for longest box-office decline since analysts began keeping records on movie grosses. [Page 1c]

SPORTS

M. Campbell wins golf's U.S. Open

Michael Campbell won his first major golf championship with a two-stroke victory over Tiger Woods in the U.S. Open at Pinehurst No. 2. Campbell held off Woods by shooting a 1-under-par 69. [Page 1d]

O's top Rockies; Mazzilli ejected

Rafael Palmeiro's two-run homer lifted the Orioles to a 4-2 victory over the Colorado Rockies at Camden Yards. Manager Lee Mazzilli was ejected for the first time in 230 games with the Orioles after a heated protest over a ball Chris Gomez hit down the left-field line that came a few inches of the pole that was called foul. Replays showed that it did stay foul. [Page 1d]

OT shot gives Spurs 3-2 lead

Robert Horry hit a wide-open three-pointer with 5.8 seconds remaining in overtime to give the San Antonio Spurs a 96-95 victory over the Detroit Pistons in Game 5 of the NBA Finals. The Spurs lead the series 3-2. [Page 1d]

TODAY ONLINE

WILD ABOUT LILLY

Once you've read fashion writer Tanika White's article about the fashion phenomenon that is Lilly Pulitzer, then go online to check out a gallery of photos from a frenzied Lilly Pulitzer sale in a warehouse outside Philadelphia. www.baltimoresun.com/lilly

ORIOLES VS. BLUE JAYS

The Orioles visit the Toronto Blue Jays for a four-game series. For complete coverage, along with rosters, schedules, photo galleries and more, go to www.baltimoresun.com/orioles

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"No one comes up to the truck in a bad mood, and if they do, they go away with a smile."

Mister Softee ice cream truck driver Louise Cundiff, talking about high points of her job cruising the streets of Pasadena (Article, Page 1B)

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