Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

June 26, 2005

NATIONAL

Politicians tour Guantanamo

U.S. lawmakers from both parties took a one-day fact-finding trip to the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay yesterday - the first such tour since recent condemnation of detainees' treatment. President Bush has invited journalists to the prison to see that the allegations were false. [Page 3a]

Mad cow's herd sought

Using DNA analysis, government officials are trying to identify the herd of the cow that tested positive for mad cow disease, hoping to find the animal's source of infection. It may be the country's first native-born case of mad cow disease. [Page 4a]

WORLD

Ahmadinejad calls for unity

The newly elected hard-line president of Iran urged his country to put aside its internal divisions and said he hoped to create a modern, Islamic state. The election of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has raised fears that he will roll back political and social reforms. [Page 14a]

Bodies of insurgents found

The bodies of 76 Afghan fighters were found in the mountains of southern Afghanistan, the Defense Ministry said yesterday, bringing to 178 the number of insurgents killed last week. [Page 14a]

MARYLAND

Museum of black history opens

Pratt Street was jammed yesterday for the opening of the $34 million Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture. In addition to the museum's debut, the African American Heritage Festival was taking place at Camden Yards. [Page 1b]

Services held for Beltsville officer

Hundreds of police officers from across the state attended services yesterday in Upper Marlboro for Sgt. Steven F. Gaughan, the 24th Prince George's County officer to die in the line of duty. Police have charged Robert M. Billett of Bladensburg with his shooting. [Page 1b]

Schaefer cracks down on retailers

Using computerized sleuthing, state Comptroller William Donald Schaefer has identified scores of liquor retailers in Baltimore and three counties that owe the state a combined $27 million in sales taxes, interest and penalties, with more collections expected as the program goes statewide. [Page 1b]

BUSINESS

Mason to oversee Citigroup deal

Raymond A. "Chip" Mason will work at least two more years from his Legg Mason office on Light Street, implementing the $3.7 billion deal he completed with Citigroup Inc. Friday. Such is his reputation, analysts say, that if he weren't staying, the deal might not survive. [Page 1d]

For `bird dogs,' it's the hunt

In this hot housing market, uncounted numbers of people known as "bird dogs" are ferreting out potential buys for someone else. The reward ranges wildly - from $10 for a photo of a house in bad shape to thousands of dollars for detailed sleuthing on a deal that makes it to settlement. [Page 1d]

SPORTS

Braves slip past Orioles

Andruw Jones homered leading off the bottom of the ninth inning, and the Atlanta Braves beat the Orioles, 5-4, after wasting a four-run lead. The Orioles scored one in the eighth and three in the ninth to tie after trailing 4-0. [Page 1e]

Amateurs' hour at Women's Open

Michelle Wie, 15, was tied for the lead with fellow amateur Morgan Pressel, 17, in the U.S. Women's Open in Cherry Hills Village, Colo. They were joined at 1-over 214 by Karen Stupples, and one shot behind was 18-year-old Paula Creamer. [Page 1e]

S. Williams ousted at Wimbledon

Still rusty following a layoff and slowed by an ankle injury, two-time Wimbledon champion Serena Williams was upset by fellow American Jill Craybas 6-3, 7-6 (4), in the third round in Wimbledon, England. It was Williams' earliest elimination at a major event since the 1999 French Open. [Page 1e]

ARTS & SOCIETY

Books for the boardwalk

It's summer, which means the "beach book" is back. While they're often a blockbuster or escapist page-turner, beach books are as varied as their readers. Inside are the hot titles of summer, and noted readers share their most memorable summer books. [Page 1f]

TRAVEL

Agre's subarctic R & R

As a Boy Scout in his native Minnesota, Peter Agre paddled the wilderness canoe area at the U.S.-Canada border. And long before he dreamed of becoming a scientist, he was planning a canoe trek far north to Hudson Bay. Last summer, after winning a Nobel Prize in chemistry, he realized his lifelong dream. [Page 1r]

AVOIDING `SUMMER SLIDE'

See a video of Sun family life reporter Kate Shatzkin discussing her Home & Family article about creative ways parents can help their kids avoid the "summer slide" in math and reading skills. www.baltimoresun.com/summer

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"We're opening a new path for our children to understand their past."

Lt. Gov. Michael S. Steele at the opening of the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture (Article, Page 1B)

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