Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

June 22, 2005

NATIONAL

U.S. troops in IraqThe top American ground commander in Iraq said yesterday that he expected no reductions this year in the 135,000 U.S. troops in Iraq, although by March there could be a withdrawal of four or five brigades, as many as 16,000 soldiers. [Page 1a]

Ex-Klan leader guilty in 3 deaths

Exactly 41 years after three young civil rights workers were ambushed and killed, a Mississippi jury convicted yesterday a one-time Ku Klux Klan leader in the notorious case that horrified the country but had never before reached a state courtroom. [Page 1a]

Senate panel OKs Hubble money

A Senate subcommittee took a step yesterday toward extending the life of the Hubble Space Telescope, approving a $250 million down payment on a possible servicing mission. [Page 7a]

WORLD

Mideast summit yields little

Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas met yesterday for a two-hour summit but failed to make any significant gains in efforts to end four years of fighting. [Page 1a]

Anti-Syrian politician killed

An anti-Syrian politician was killed in a bomb blast in Lebanon yesterday -- the second such assassination in three weeks. Washington condemned the attack and suggested Syria was responsible. [Page 10a]

MARYLAND

Immigrants' health care

The Ehrlich administration has begun notifying thousands of low-income legal immigrants that their health benefits will be eliminated when the next state budget year begins July 1. [Page 1a]

Abell questions need for hotel

The Abell Foundation released a report yesterday questioning the need for Baltimore to build a publicly funded convention center hotel. The influential foundation urged the City Council to demand evidence that such a hotel would be a significant boost to Baltimore's convention business. [Page 1b]

Slain soldier buried at Arlington

Sgt. 1st Class Neil Armstrong Prince was buried yesterday at Arlington National Cemetery. The 35-year-old Baltimore City College graduate was killed June 11 by a roadside bomb in Iraq. [Page 1b]

SPORTS

NBA, union reach deal

The NBA and its players union agreed to a new collective-bargaining agreement, preventing a potential lockout. The deal included a 19-year-old age minimum to play in the league and additional random drug tests. [Page 1c]

Orioles defeat Jays, 9-5

The Orioles scored five first-inning runs and rebounded from Monday night's blowout loss with a 9-5 victory over the host Toronto Blue Jays. The victory was dampened, however, by a hamstring injury that might send third baseman Melvin Mora to the disabled list. [Page 1c]

Pistons force Game 7

The defending champion Detroit Pistons defeated the host San Antonio Spurs, 95-86, to tie the NBA Finals at three games apiece. The deciding game will be played tomorrow night in San Antonio. [Page 1c]

Henin-Hardenne defeated

Justine Henin-Hardenne fell in the first round at Wimbledon, becoming the first French Open winner since 1962 to drop her opening match. The Belgian, seeded seventh, lost to Eleni Daniilidou of Greece, 7-6 (8), 2-6, 7-5. [Page 7c]

BUSINESS

Mutual fund regulations

Post-scandal rules designed to protect mutual fund investors from abuses were thrown into doubt yesterday by a federal appeals court ruling that they must get new scrutiny from regulators. [Page 1d]

Finland's paper industry

Negotiations aimed at ending a five-week shutdown of Finland's vital paper industry resumed in an effort to stem huge export losses and avoid worldwide paper shortages. The impact is rippling to U.S. ports such as Baltimore's, one of the largest handlers of paper imports, and causing some pain among longshoremen. [Page 1d]

Movie chain to acquire rival

With box office ticket sales on pace to be the worst since 1985, the nation's second-largest theater chain, AMC Entertainment Inc., announced plans yesterday to acquire Loews Cineplex Entertainment Corp. -- a deal that analysts say may help AMC despite diminished consumer spending at the megaplex. [Page 1d]

TODAY

PBS backers fight planned cuts

Alarmed over nearly $125 million in proposed budget cuts, PBS supporters, Democratic lawmakers and even Clifford the Big Red Dog took the fight to Washington yesterday, rallying in hopes of derailing the plan. [Page 1e]

Midweek premieres

Seeking a head start on the competition, or just a little extra word-of-mouth, Hollywood's top studios appear to be moving away from traditional Friday openings for key films. This month alone features Wednesday openings for Batman Begins (June 15), Herbie: Fully Loaded (today) and War of the Worlds (June 29). [Page 1e]

`Radio Golf' set for Center Stage

The final installment in Pulitzer Prize winner August Wilson's monumental 10-play cycle -- Radio Golf -- will make its Mid-Atlantic premiere at Center Stage in March. Each of Wilson's previous plays in the cycle has made it to Broadway. [Page 3e]

WORKING

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