Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

June 25, 2005

NATIONAL

Tissue positive for mad cow

A cow that was cleared of having mad cow disease last fall by the U.S. Department of Agriculture was in fact infected with the brain-wasting disease, the department announced. It is the first case from cattle believed to have been born in this country. [Page 3a]

Federal pollution rule upheld

A federal appeals court largely upheld a Bush administration rule that allows thousands of power plants and refineries to avoid installing newer pollution control equipment when they modernize, rejecting arguments by Maryland and 13 other states that it violated the Clean Air Act. [Page 4a]

Missing N.J. boys found dead

After two days of searching by hundreds of law enforcement officials, three boys in Camden, N.J., were found, dead in the trunk of a car. It was not immediately clear how the boys got into the vehicle or whether foul play was involved. [Page 5a]

WORLD

No Iraq timetable, Bush says

As the U.S. military announced the deaths of six in Iraq, President Bush stressed that there would be no timetable for pulling troops out. "We are there to complete a mission, and it's an important mission," Bush told visiting Iraqi Prime Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari at the White House. [Page 1a]

Hard-liner wins Iran presidency

Tehran's ultraconservative mayor won a landslide victory in Iran's presidential runoff vote. Reformers worry that Mahmoud Ahmadinejad will reinstall restrictions of the Islamic Revolution. [Page 9a]

MARYLAND

Marconi's put on hiatus

Marconi's, the 85-year-old downtown restaurant whose courtly, tuxedo-attired waiters offered such signature dishes as "Sweetbreads Sarah Bernhardt" and "Lobster Cardinale," has been shut down "for the summer" by its owner, Peter G. Angelos, who assures that he closing will not be permanent. [Page 1a]

No jail time in manslaughter

Ronald Edward Johnson Sr., who pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter for fatally shooting a 14-year-old boy, was sentenced to five years of probation and 100 hours of community service. The 31-year-old is a former officer with the state Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. [Page 1b]

City's ahead in charter schools

As the state belatedly moves into the charter school business - many will open across the state in the fall - Baltimore has a head start. For eight years now, Baltimore has been the home of the so-called New Schools Initiative, which has produced 10 institutions that are charter schools in everything but name. [Page 1b]

SPORTS

O's lose, fall out of 1st place

Hayden Penn allowed six runs in the first two innings, and the Orioles were beaten, 7-5, by the Atlanta Braves, the loss dropping them out of first place in the AL East. The Orioles, who have dropped four of their past five games, trail Boston by a half game. [Page 1c]

Sorenstam stumbles at Open

Annika Sorenstam bogeyed her final three holes for a 4-over 75 and fell six shots behind leader Nicole Perrot after two rounds at the U.S. Women's Open in Cherry Hills Village, Colo. Amateur phenom Michelle Wie, 15, is just two shots off the lead.[Page 1c]

Roddick advances at Wimbledon

Second-seeded Andy Roddick of the United States pulled out a 7-5, 6-3, 6-7, 4-6, 6-3 victory over Daniele Bracciali of Italy to reach the third round at Wimbledon, ending a streak of five consecutive losses in five-set matches. [Page 1c]

BUSINESS

Legg agrees to Citigroup swap

Legg Mason Inc. agreed to trade its brokerage for the asset-management business of financial giant Citigroup Inc. in a $3.7 billion deal that transforms the Baltimore-based firm into the fifth-largest money manager in the nation, with global reach and greater access to investors than ever before. [Pages 1a, 9c]

General Dynamics to expand

Defense contractor General Dynamics is expanding in Anne Arundel County, a veritable magnet for defense contractors. The company is announcing that it will open a new location as soon as December and add 100 jobs. [Page 9c]

TODAY

Building true to museum aims

Starting with today's grand opening, visitors will finally get to see the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture. According to Sun architecture critic Edward Gunts, they'll find a building that fits - the institution and its mission. [Page 1d]

Washington portraits for sale

The New York Public Library plans to sell two portraits of George Washington by Gilbert Stuart at Sotheby's in December, but that won't be the last chance to buy an iconic image of the first president. On Jan. 21, Christie's will auction a portrait of Washington by Charles Willson Peale. [Page 2d]

Gettysburg's final reunion

July 1 marks the anniversary of the first moment shots were fired during the Civil War battle of Gettysburg. In 1938 during the first four days of July, a collection of former Union and Confederate soldiers gathered for a final reunion at Gettysburg. [Page 8d]

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"Women historically have done a lot of the basic ongoing work at the national and especially the local level, but there is a reluctance to reward women with the leadership that their work would suggest they have."

Robert C. Smith, political science professor, commenting on NAACP leadership (Article, Page 1B)

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LEGG MASON-CITIGROUP SWAP

For expanded coverage of the $3.7 billion Legg Mason-Citigroup swap, including archived stories and multimedia, go to www.baltimoresun.com/leggmason

LEWIS MUSEUM OPENS

The Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture opens its doors to the public today. To read stories about the museum, see photo galleries and videos, and to get more information, go to www.baltimoresun.com/lewismuseum

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