Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

June 23, 2005

NATIONAL

Bush hails nuclear energy

Calling nuclear power a safe, environmentally friendly solution, President Bush called yesterday for the industry to build more reactors to help meet the nation's growing demand for electricity. The nation's 103 reactors provide one-fifth of its electricity, but the United States hasn't licensed a new nuclear plant in more than a quarter-century. [Page 1a]

Debating Social Security

House Republicans introduced a bill yesterday to use annual surpluses in the Social Security system to finance individual investment accounts for workers, but Democrats and budget analysts said the proposal would blow at least a $600 billion hole in the federal budget. [Page 4a]

WORLD

An out-of-this-world lawsuit

A Russian woman, fearful of the astronomical implications of NASA's Deep Impact mission, has filed a $311 million lawsuit in an attempt to stop a plan to launch a projectile at a comet. NASA says the stars are still aligned for a July 4 launch date. [Page 1a]

At least 18 killed in Iraq

A series of car bombings in Iraq left at least 18 people dead yesterday, while the U.S. military announced that three soldiers had been killed in fighting Tuesday. [Page 14a]

MARYLAND

Health care and immigrants

Maryland health officials pledged to help local agencies find ways of providing health coverage to uninsured legal immigrants, but health care advocates warned that state funding cuts will shift costs and possibly prompt parents to forgo checkups. [Page 1b]

Getting tough on student rioters

University System of Maryland officials proposed a tougher policy yesterday for rioting-related crimes after sporting events, permitting the expulsion of students who receive "probation before judgment" on such charges. [Page 1b]

Chapman aide charged

Federal prosecutors announced yesterday they have filed stock fraud charges against a senior vice president of the Baltimore company once run by Nathan A. Chapman Jr. Daniel Baldwin Jr. is charged with securities fraud, providing false statements to the FBI and lying to a grand jury. [Page 1b]

SPORTS

Balk costly in O's 3-2 loss

Orioles starter Daniel Cabrera's balk in the fifth inning with the bases loaded allowed the tie-breaking run to score in the Toronto Blue Jays' 3-2 victory at Rogers Centre. Rafael Palmeiro hit his 561st career home run in the fourth inning. [Page 1c]

Gimelstob triumphs at Wimbledon

Justin Gimelstob, who had to take a cortisone shot last week to soothe the pain of three degenerative disks in his back, advanced to the third round at Wimbledon with a 6-3, 4-6, 7-6 (5), 7-6 (0) victory over Nicolas Massu. No. 1 seeds Roger Federer and Lindsay Davenport also advanced to the third round. [Page 2c]

Guillen powers Nats over Pirates

The Washington Nationals squandered an early lead but came back to defeat the Pittsburgh Pirates, 5-4. Washington's Jose Guillen had his second two-homer game in three days. [Page 5c]

BUSINESS

Legg, Citigroup deal is close

Legg Mason Inc. and Citigroup Inc. appear to be in the final stages of negotiations over swapping divisions that would be carved from both financial companies, Wall Street analysts and industry experts said yesterday. The companies have reportedly been in talks for several weeks, although tight-lipped officials with Legg Mason and Citigroup have declined to comment publicly. [Page 1d]

African leaders meet in Baltimore

The largest gathering of African leaders on U.S. soil, which was in Baltimore yesterday, was the setting for several agreements intended to strengthen the economic ties between U.S. business and governments in Africa. [Page 1d]

TODAY

BMA unveils expansion plans

The Baltimore Museum of Art has unveiled ambitious plans to expand its galleries, gift shop, auditorium, educational spaces and parking availability while reopening its historic main entrance. The museum hopes to raise money for the 20-year project through a capital fund drive. [Page 1a]

Shooting to be U.S. marble champ

Forty-five young marble champions are battling for the American title at the 82nd National Marbles Tournament this week in Wildwood, N.J. Cumberland, once a formidable marble power, hasn't had a national champion in 15 years. This year, Ricky Brode, 10, is the region's hope. [Page 1a]

Zombies live in `Land of the Dead'

With its cannibalistic zombies, 1968's Night of the Living Dead established an entire horror subgenre. But in the 1990s, director George A. Romero couldn't get a movie made. Now, he's back from the dead with George A. Romero's Land of the Dead, a tale of walking corpses menacing a walled city. [Page 5e]

TODAY ONLINE

ORIOLES Q & A

Ask Sun sports writer Roch Kubatko about the first-place Orioles. Submit your questions at www.baltimoresun.com/askkubatko

WOMEN'S LACROSSE

Keep up with action from the Women's Lacrosse World Cup, today through July 2 at the U.S. Naval Academy. Plus get archived lacrosse stories, photo galleries and more at www.baltimoresun.com/lacrosse

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"It avoids the boredom of driving. It used to be you drove to see the countryside; now you just see the traffic."

Jerry Tshontikidis, on the increase of vehicles with entertainment systems(Article, Page 1B)

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