Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

June 21, 2006

NATIONAL

Stem cell advance reported

A team of Johns Hopkins researchers has restored movement to paralyzed rats using a new method that they say shows the potential of embryonic stem cells to restore function to humans suffering from neurological disorders. pg 1a

Ex-Bush aide is convicted

In the first trial arising from the scandal surrounding Jack Abramoff, a federal jury found a former Bush administration official guilty yesterday of lying and concealing his ties to the disgraced Republican lobbyist. pg 3a

Gay bishops ban is rejected

Episcopal church leaders rejected a temporary ban against gay bishops, while Presbyterians agreed to let local and regional governing bodies decide whether to ordain gay or lesbian ministers. pg 4a

WORLD

Remains of U.S. soldiers found

The U.S. military said searchers had found what appeared to be the remains of the two U.S. soldiers captured by insurgents last week during an ambush south of Baghdad, and a senior Iraqi defense official said the men were "brutally tortured." pg 1a

Missile moratorium rejected

North Korea said yesterday that it is not bound by its own moratorium on long-range missile tests, as tension over Pyongyang's intentions continued to mount. pg 12a

MARYLAND

MSA scores show gains

Students across the state showed steady but marginal improvement on their annual Maryland School Assessment tests, earning little praise from state education leaders who focused on lagging middle school scores. pg 1a

Major traffic tie-up in Baltimore

Thousands of people driving to the National Baptist Congress of Christian Education in downtown Baltimore snarled traffic for much of the morning, frustrating commuters and others who missed work and appointments. City traffic officials are warning that tie-ups could continue through Friday. pg 1a

SPORTS

Cabrera, O's fall to Marlins

Starter Daniel Cabrera lost his second straight game, needing 117 pitches in just 5 2/3 innings of the Orioles' 6-2 loss to the Florida Marlins at Camden Yards. Orioles third baseman Melvin Mora left the game with a left knee contusion. pg 1e

BUSINESS

DOW -- UP

+32.73

10,974.84

NASDAQ -- DOWN

-3.36

2,107.06

S&P -- DOWN

-0.02

1,240.12

SUN INDEX -- DOWN

-1.43

327.65

West-side complex for sale

The biggest privately developed housing and retail project to be completed in Baltimore's west-side renewal is up for sale, owners of the Centerpoint complex said. Centerpoint was seen as vital to reviving what was once the main shopping district. pg 1d

TODAY

Romance novels heat up

The latest word on romance novels: hot, steamy encounters that leave little to the imagination. pg 1c

A writer's Web site

Brandon Barker's Web site chronicling the strange goings-on in the Nevada desert shows to what lengths aspiring writers can go. pg 1c

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"It was so bad. So bad."

Christi Tyson, who was caught in a huge traffic jam from the National Baptist Congress of Christian Education and spent 90 minutes driving to Baltimore from Laurel Article, PG 1A

Up next

Tomorrow

Expressions For everyone

The 25th annual Maryland Arts Festival offers theater, opera, concerts, art exhibitions and the chance to attend a workshop on striptease or to learn the history of the beehive hairdo.

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Friday

Will Sandler `Click' on screen?

Adam Sandler plays an overworked architect who buys a remote control that allows him to control his entire life - until the remote starts controlling him.

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ONLINE

TODAY

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