SEC chairman to resign

William H. Donaldson, the chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission, announced his resignation yesterday, after repeated criticism from fellow Republican members of the commission, some business groups and Bush administration officials who contended that his enforcement and policy decisions had been too heavy-handed. [Page 1a]

Calif. landslide destroys homes

A landslide sent 18 multimillion-dollar houses crashing down a hill in Southern California early yesterday as people alarmed by the sound of walls and pipes coming apart ran for their lives. At least four people suffered minor injuries. [Page 3a]

Shingles vaccine is forthcoming

Many cases of shingles may be prevented with an experimental vaccine that could be on the market as early as next spring, medical experts said yesterday. The disorder is caused by a resurgence of the chicken pox virus. [Page 5a]


Sharon, Abbas to meet June 21

Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas will hold a long-delayed one-on-one meeting June 21, the two sides said yesterday. The announcement came as a senior Palestinian official revealed that Abbas underwent a heart procedure in Jordan yesterday. [Page 10a]

Bomber strikes in Afghanistan

A suicide bomber in Kandahar, Afghanistan, struck during a funeral at a mosque yesterday. Twenty people were killed, including the city's police chief. [Page 10a]


More funds for inmate health care

The state Board of Public Works approved yesterday a 50 percent increase in spending for inmate health care costs, a move that could push the annual tab to $110 million as state corrections officials try to improve medical services for the state's 27,000 prisoners. [Page 1a]

Rochambeau faces demolition

The Archdiocese of Baltimore is seeking city permission to raze an apartment building it owns near the Basilica of the Assumption. Church officials hope a proposed prayer garden that would replace the apartments will enable people to better appreciate the renovated cathedral. Preservationists object to tearing down the nearly 100-year-old Rochambeau. [Page 1a]

Schaefer's fired up about slots

Comptroller William Donald Schaefer called on the governor yesterday to "pound the speaker of the House of Delegates with a club" to pass an acceptable slots bill and to fire up Baltimore's business leaders about the need to preserve Maryland horse racing, or risk losing the Preakness. [Page 1b]


'Washingtonienne' bares all

Jessica Cutler never intended to get paid for sex or for writing about it. However, she was living in Washington, earning $25,000 a year opening mail for a senator, and it just happened. Cutler doesn't work on the Hill anymore. She received a reported $300,000 advance for her new novel, The Washingtonienne, a barely fictionalized account of her brief yet scandalous time in the capital. [Page 1c]

Some secrets are better left alone

Admit it. Was that about the biggest letdown you've had in years? W. Mark Felt is "Deep Throat" ? Are you kidding me? It's like finding out the Lone Ranger was really a mild-mannered trail cook named Earl who happened to have a nice white horse. It's like finding out Bigfoot is just a hairy local guy who likes to camp out occasionally. [Page 1c]

Geppi pitches pop culture museum

The Maryland Stadium Authority voted to lease space above the recently opened Sports Legends at Camden Yards to Orioles minority owner Steve Geppi for a comic book and pop culture museum. The General Assembly's Legislative Policy Committee must approve the 20-year lease. [Page 3c]


N.J. sues W.R. Grace & Co.

The state of New Jersey sued W.R. Grace & Co. and two of its former executives yesterday, alleging that the Columbia-based chemical maker lied about asbestos contamination at an industrial plant that processed vermiculite ore for about 47 years. [Page 1d]

Home prices up 21% in Md.

Gains in home prices in Maryland continued to outpace those in the nation in the first quarter, as low mortgage rates and limited supply further fueled demand in a hot real estate market. Prices in the state rose nearly 21 percent since last year's first quarter, the Office of Federal Housing Enterprise Oversight reported yesterday. [Page 1d]


Orioles rout Red Sox

Miguel Tejada and Sammy Sosa hit back-to-back homers, Geronimo Gil added a three-run shot, and the Orioles beat the Boston Red Sox, 9-3, at Fenway Park. Tejada also added three doubles and scored three runs for the Orioles. [Page 1e]

J. Lewis to be released today

Ravens running back Jamal Lewis submitted a request to the federal Bureau of Prisons that could allow him to attend the team's mandatory minicamp this month and report to training camp on time. He is scheduled to be released today from Federal Prison Camp in Pensacola, Fla. [Page 1e]

Rahman eyes Ravens' stadium

Local boxing promoter Scott Wagner, Ravens senior director of business development Mark Burdett and Greg Smith of the Maryland Stadium Authority will meet tomorrow to finalize a bid to promoter Don King to bring Hasim Rahman's Aug. 13 World Boxing Council interim title fight to M&T; Bank Stadium. [Page 1e]



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