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Muscular dystrophy advance seen

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Scientists say they've found a key to treating muscular dystrophy and similar diseases, thanks to a muscular young German boy who lacks a protein that inhibits muscle growth. Tests on the boy show that suppression of a chemical called myostatin can spur muscle growth in humans - and possibly lead to new illicit chemical performance boosters for athletes. [Page 3a]

NASA facing higher risks

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Without the use of its space shuttles, NASA must embark on riskier ventures to keep the international space station running. Today, both astronauts will leave the station unmanned for a spacewalk to make needed repairs. [Page 3a]

ABA says mandatory terms unfair

Mandatory minimum prison terms are unfair and should be abolished, according to a report from the American Bar Association. The group also questioned whether sentencing requirements and other get-tough approaches actually reduce crime. [Page 3a]

WORLD

Saudis offer amnesty to militants

Saudi Arabia said it would spare the lives of Islamic militants if they surrendered to authorities within a month, but cautioned militants would face the "full might" of the state if they didn't - suggesting the kingdom was preparing for a campaign against al-Qaida-linked groups. [Page 1a]

Booklet aims to ease Gaza stress

The dangers facing Jewish settlers in Gaza coupled with the uncertainty of an impending withdrawal have created an atmosphere of stress for many - and Gaza's welfare director hopes a new booklet will help settlers cope with their anxiety. [Page 12a]

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Iraqi leader gets death threat

The militant leader believed to be behind the beheadings in Iraq threatened to assassinate Iraq's' interim prime minister. But Iyad Allawi brushed off the threat. [Page 13a]

MARYLAND

Harford pollution seen in 1991

A potentially cancer-causing gasoline additive has cropped up intermittently since 1991 in the ground water around a service station in Harford County, which has become the epicenter of one of the largest private well-contamination problems ever recorded in Maryland, a state official said. [Page 1a]

Associated seeking $100 million

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The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore will kick off a campaign today seeking to raise $100 million over the next two years for new construction and renovations. The campaign aims to fund projects at such places as Baltimore Hebrew University and a social services complex along Park Heights Avenue. [Page 1b]

State layoffs, job cuts approved

Forty-three state workers were laid off and 318 vacant state jobs eliminated after Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. and the Board of Public Works voted for personnel reductions and other budget trims to save $30 million. [Page 2b]

TODAY

Clinton book sales top 400,000

Bill Clinton's My Life sold more than 400,000 copies in the United States on Tuesday, the biggest first day for a nonfiction book. The king of book premieres remains Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. [Page 2c]

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MPT commissions investor poll

Maryland Public Television has commissioned a survey by pollster John Zogby on American investors' attitudes toward financial issues ahead of the November elections for Wall Street Week with Fortune. MPT says the focus on investors makes it more useful than a general political poll. [Page 2c]

BUSINESS

Md. shows strong job growth

Maryland employers created 8,100 new jobs last month, the largest May increase in 14 years - part of an economic resurgence that is sending tax revenue shooting up and the projected deficit spiraling down. [Page 1a]

SEC OKs mutual fund reform

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In an important step toward cleaning up the scandal-tainted mutual fund industry, the Securities and Exchange Commission approved a proposal requiring funds to install independent chairmen and directors. [Page 1d]

Orioles, Yankees big draw

The Orioles drew 49,696 fans for Tuesday's homestand opener against the New York Yankees - the largest paid crowd since the downtown baseball stadium opened. The record came thanks to creative marketing, stadium accounting and, alas, the dreaded "Yankee effect." [Page 1d]

SPORTS

O's get first win over Yankees

After seven losses, the Orioles got their first victory of the season over the Yankees, routing New York, 13-2. It was manager Lee Mazzilli's first triumph over his former club. [Page 1e]

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Wizards trade for Jamison

The Washington Wizards obtain forward Antawn Jamison from the Dallas Mavericks for forward Jerry Stackhouse, center Christian Laettner and the No. 5 pick in today's NBA draft. The deal was first reported by ESPN.com.[Page 1e]

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"I'm so disappointed at our state. There are not words that you can print." Paula Goodwin, Harford County resident whose well water is contaminated by a toxic chemical. (Article, Page 1A)

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For the record

In yesterday's editions, a photo caption with the Sun News Digest incorrectly identified Orioles reliever Jason Grimsley. The Sun regrets the error.


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