Bush begins 3-day Europe trip


President Bush began a three-day visit to Europe yesterday, marking the beginning of a month of foreign travel and summits. His advisers hope that after weeks of dispiriting news from Iraq, Bush will appear through a more positive lens, one that could restore confidence in his leadership and his ability to work with U.S. allies. [Page 1a]

Danforth picked for envoy to U.N.


Former Sen. John C. Danforth of Missouri was chosen yesterday to be U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. If confirmed by the Senate, Danforth, a Republican, would succeed John Negroponte, President Bush's choice to be ambassador to Iraq. [Page 3a]


Iraqi leader supports U.S. troops

On a day when five U.S. soldiers were killed in fighting in Baghdad, Iraq's prime minister called for an end to resistance against the coalition and urged Iraqis to accept the need of American forces in the country. [Page 1a]

Sharon fires 2 Israeli ministers

Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon fired two Cabinet ministers yesterday to ensure passage of his Gaza withdrawal plan. However, one minister went into hiding to formally avoid the firing with the hopes of derailing tomorrow's vote. [Page 10a]

Remembering Tiananmen Square

Tens of thousands in Hong Kong marked the 15th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square killings, while the square itself was largely quiet. At least 16 people were arrested in the square through the day, apparently for making small acts of remembrance. [Page 10a]



Hopkins, union reach agreement

A strike planned next week by hundreds of housekeeping, maintenance and food service workers at Johns Hopkins Hospital has been averted, for now, after the hospital reached a tentative agreement with the union that represents 1,700 of its workers. [Page 1b]

Kirwan gave $1,000 to lobbyists

Maryland university system Chancellor William E. Kirwan is among 10 donors who gave $1,000 to launch an advocacy group lobbying for tax increases for higher education, a position at odds with Ehrlich's administration. The group sought legislation raising corporate income taxes and dedicating the proceeds to the university system, while capping tuition increases - a bill the governor vetoed. [Page 1b]



Crowning glory awaits 'Jones'

Smarty Jones, an undefeated colt who has been likened to such classic thoroughbreds as Seattle Slew, Seabiscuit and Secretariat, would become the 12th Triple Crown winner if he captures the Belmont Stakes today. [Page 1c]

Orioles beaten, 8-7, in 11 innings

The Orioles squandered a one-run lead in the ninth inning and lost to the visiting Devil Rays, 8-7, in the 11th on a pinch-hit single by Fred McGriff. Mike DeJean (0-5) took the loss. Melvin Mora hit a grand slam in the third to help the Orioles rally from a five-run deficit. [Page 1c]

Coria, Gaudio reach French final

Guillermo Coria and Gaston Gaudio won semifinal matches at the French Open, setting up an all-Argentine final. Coria prevailed, 3-6, 6-4, 6-0, 7-5, against Britain's Tim Henman. Gaudio beat fellow Argentine David Nalbandian, 6-3, 7-6 (5), 6-0. [Page 2c]



May job gains boost Bush

U.S. employers added 248,000 jobs in May, boosting confidence in the staying power of the recovery and giving President Bush good news on the economic front. Employment numbers for April and March also were revised upward in yesterday's Labor Department report, bringing to 1.2 million the number of jobs created this year. [Page 1a]

Tobacco buyout gains in House

Southern lawmakers relied on election-year politics and old-fashioned vote trading to secure a deal yesterday that would pay tobacco farmers nearly $10 billion to give up a federal quota program that has propped up their prices. [Page 8c]



Wisniewski's works for sale

In Frederick today, 50 original works by children's book illustrator David Wisniewski will go up for display and sale in the largest exhibit to date of the late artist's work. Wisniewski died in 2002 of a brain tumor. [Page 1d]

QUOTE OF THE DAY"There is so much fear and tragedy right now that it's good for the whole United States. It sparks a little of a Cinderella story." Sister Margaret Hogarty on Smarty Jones' Triple Crown bid in today's Belmont Stakes (Column, Page 1C)









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