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NATIONAL

FBI told about Quran accusations

Prisoners at Guantanamo Bay told FBI agents up to three months ago that their interrogators had shown disrespect for the Quran - kicking the Muslim holy book, knocking it on the floor and placing it in a toilet - newly released records indicate. [Page 1a]

Senate confirms Owen as judge

The Senate confirmed Priscilla Owen as a federal appeals judge yesterday in a vote largely along party lines. Owen was the first of several blocked nominees to be voted on under a new Senate agreement meant to end political gridlock. [Page 3a]

WORLD

Insurgents targeted in Iraqi city

More than 1,000 troops swept through the western Iraqi city of Haditha yesterday in the latest offensive to quell insurgent violence. At least 10 suspected militants were killed in fighting. [Page 12a]

Iran renews nuclear promise

Iran renewed its promise to not develop nuclear weapons and hinted that it would pursue further talks with Europe to reach a final agreement on its nuclear program. [Page 14a]

MARYLAND

Magna meets with Busch, mayor

Days after the Preakness Stakes focused attention on the weakened condition of Maryland racing, officials with Magna Entertainment Corp. met separately with House Speaker Michael E. Busch and Baltimore Mayor Martin O'Malley to discuss the need for slot machines at Pimlico and Laurel race courses. [Page 1a]

Harkins to leave Harford Co. post

Harford County's James M. Harkins, the state's only Republican county executive, announced yesterday that he is stepping down 17 months before the end of his term to become head of the Maryland Environmental Service, an independent, quasi-state agency that operates dozens of water and wastewater plants around the state. [Page 1b]

Judge to hear inmate's complaint

A federal judge has agreed to hear a complaint from an inmate who says correctional officers have harassed and beaten him for talking to investigators about the death last year of a prisoner at the Western Correctional Institution near Cumberland. [Page 1b)

Arundel police probe shooting

Anne Arundel County police are investigating whether a rookie officer was justified in fatally shooting an unarmed naked man who charged at him while "exhibiting delusional behavior" Tuesday night near a Glen Burnie apartment complex. [Page 1b]

TODAY

He collected bricks in his quests

Basil Saffer, 85, is retired and living in a townhouse (with aluminum siding) in Gaithersburg, but most of the old bricks he procured during a 20-year quest are on display at the Museum of Ancient Brick in the headquarters of General Shale, a Tennessee company where he worked. [Page 1c]

Ismail Merchant, filmmaker, dies

Filmmaker Ismail Merchant, who with partner James Ivory became synonymous with classy costume drama in such films as A Room With a View and Howard's End, died Wednesday in London. He was 68. [Page 1c]

Sinclair backs reading of names

The Sinclair Broadcast Group, which refused last year to air on its ABC affiliates a Nightline program listing Americans killed in Iraq, is applauding ABC's decision to show a similar program this Memorial Day. More than 900 U.S. service members have died in Iraq and Afghanistan in the past year. [Page 2c]

BUSINESS

Planners aim at Harbor West

With the success of Harbor East, city planners are shifting their attention to redeveloping the industrial shoreline of the Middle Branch in Westport, a 50-acre swath that some have dubbed Harbor West. [Page 1d]

Factory orders up 1.9% in April

Orders to U.S. factories for big-ticket goods rose 1.9 percent last month, the best showing since November, as sales of new homes hit an all-time high. The reports provided more evidence the economy has recovered from its March slowdown. [Page 1d]

SPORTS

On lookout for young drivers

NASCAR has stepped up efforts to try to find stock car racing's next Jeff Gordon or Kurt Busch. Lowe's Motor Speedway President Humpy Wheeler says: "It's gotten to be just like football and baseball, but instead of people scouting kids at high school games, they're looking at them at kart and Bandolero races." [Page 1a]

Orioles defeat Mariners, 3-1

Rafael Palmeiro hit a two-run homer in the first and Rodrigo Lopez pitched eight strong innings to lead the Orioles to a 3-1 victory over the Seattle Mariners at Camden Yards. B.J. Ryan recorded his 14th save. [Page 1e]

Miami evens Eastern finals

The Miami Heat defeated the Detroit Pistons, 92-86, to tie the NBA Eastern Conference finals at 1-1. The Heat's Dwyane Wade was the game's high scorer with 40 points. Shaquille O'Neal contributed 17 points and 10 rebounds for Miami. Game 3 will be Sunday in Detroit. [Page 3e]

NEW GUANTANAMO DOCUMENTS

The American Civil Liberties Union released FBI documents containing interviews with detainees at Guantanamo Bay who complained of guards desecrating the Quran. Read the documents online. www.baltimoresun.com/aclu

INMATE SEEKS PROTECTION

A Western Correctional Institution prisoner is seeking protection from guards he says beat him after he told authorities and The Sun about the death of fellow inmate Ifeanyi A. Iko. Read archived coverage of Iko's death. www.baltimoresun.com/inmatedeath

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"The bulk of them are just flavors of the moment. It's a great reality check. ... You could make the argument that it prevents a lot of people from wasting their time and chasing their dreams."

Steve Leeds, a former recording company executive, on "American Idol" contestants (Article, Page 1A)

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