Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

June 21, 2005

NATIONAL

Senate still deadlocked on Bolton

The Senate failed again to break a deadlock over the nomination of John R. Bolton to be the ambassador to the United Nations - leaving open the possibility that President Bush might circumvent the stalemate by making the appointment while Congress is in recess next month. [Page 1a]

Jury fails to reach Killen verdict

The jury in the murder trial of Edgar Ray Killen told the judge that it was deadlocked after less than three hours, setting the stage for further deliberations on the 41st anniversary of the killings of civil rights workers Michael Schwerner, James Chaney and Andrew Goodman. [Page 3a]

WORLD

Rice calls for reform in Mideast

In a reflection of the Bush administration's new global priorities, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice delivered a high-profile call yesterday for political reform in the Middle East and urged Egypt to lead the way. [Page 1a]

Hard-fought runoff ahead in Iran

Iran's first runoff for president was shaping up as a hard-fought race as reformists lined up behind Ayatollah Hashemi Rafsanjani, a former president who has veered between the strict religious and reformist camps, and Islamic clerics who back Tehran's hard-line mayor halted publication of a liberal newspaper. [Page 8a]

At least 15 die in bomb attack

A man wearing a police uniform drove a car into a field crowded with police recruits and traffic officers in the northern city of Irbil yesterday and detonated a concealed bomb. The explosion killed about 15 people, wounded 125 and created mayhem in a Kurdish town that until recently had been one of the most peaceful in Iraq. [Page 8a]

MARYLAND

More Md. schools meet standards

The number of elementary and middle schools that failed to meet the state standards in reading and math decreased slightly this year, from 179 last year to 173 this year. Most of the schools are in Baltimore City and Prince George's County, according to data released by state officials. [Page 1a]

$215,000 for dropping of charges

Nathan A. Chapman Jr., who was convicted last summer of defrauding the state's pension system, agreed to pay $215,000 in exchange for prosecutors dropping the remaining bank-fraud charges against him. But it's not clear how he can pay the debt. [Page 1b]

Mexican workers return to Shore

About a dozen Mexican immigrant workers returned to work at an Eastern Shore seafood processing plant yesteday, brought back after months of uncertainty with the help of emergency legislation by Congress. More workers are due at other jobs. [Page 1b]

Calif. likely to join Mega Millions

California is expected to become the 12th state to join the Mega Millions game starting tomorrow - prompting changes to the game that will make the chances of winning even slimmer. Some lottery officials predict jackpots could reach as high as $500 million. [Page 1b]

TODAY

Tombstone's long journey home

Christopher Rousby, killed at the hands of a cousin of Lord Baltimore in 1684, was buried under a 1,000-pound slab of limestone. At some point, his remains were lost. In the past 65 years, the tombstone went from Southern Maryland to a Michigan museum and back. Now it rests, in pieces, in a conservation laboratory in Calvert County. [Page 1c]

New Creative Alliance milestone

The Creative Alliance at the Patterson, the Highlandtown community arts organization that celebrated its 10th anniversary this year, marks another milestone with The Big Show '05, the latest in its decade-old series of annual group exhibitions in which all the association's approximately 1,000 members are invited to participate. [Page 1c]

An `Apprentice,' `Fair Lady' cross

Kathy Hilton describes her new NBC reality show, I Want to Be a Hilton, in which she tries to teach 14 people how to eat escargot, hold a wine glass and live high-society life, as The Apprentice meets My Fair Lady. [Page 1c]

BUSINESS

Retailers fret about security tab

Retailers are concerned they might bear the brunt of a lapse in credit and computer security that resurfaced last week when a processing center confirmed the theft of hundreds of thousands of credit card numbers. [Page 1a]

Adelphia founder gets 15 years

Adelphia Communications Corp. founder John Rigas, 80, was sentenced yesterday to 15 years in prison by a judge who blamed him for defrauding investors of his bankrupted cable company in one of the largest frauds in corporate history. His son, Timothy, 48, the company's former chief financial officer, received a 20-year sentence. [Page 1d]

FTC's AmeriDebt request denied

The Federal Trade Commission's $142 million lawsuit against AmeriDebt founder Andris Pukke could go to trial as early as January, after a federal judge denied the FTC's request for a ruling in its favor without a trial. Also yesterday, Pukke's lawyer informed the court that Pukke intends to file soon for bankruptcy court protection. [Page 1d]

SPORTS

O's, Chen fall to Blue Jays, 11-2

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