Jackson trial wrapping up

In closing statements - as they have through three months of sometimes bizarre testimony - lawyers for both sides in the child-molestation trial of Michael Jackson painted widely divergent portraits of the singer who has in recent years retreated into a strange and private world. [Page 1a]

Cox nominated to head SEC

President Bush nominated conservative Rep. Christopher Cox as chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission yesterday, prompting speculation that the agency would take a more pro-business approach after it battled financial scandals at Enron Corp., WorldCom Inc. and other companies in recent years. [Page 3a]

Weighing in on weight

Weighing a little too much might not kill you, but there's nothing healthy about it, the head of the nation's health agency said yesterday, distancing herself from a report suggesting that being overweight isn't so bad. [Page 7a]


City needs spur Hamas dialogue

Hamas may be the avowed enemy of Israel, but many of its members - newly elected as city officials across the Palestinian territories - are finding that they must reach out to the Israelis regarding the day-to-day functioning of their municipalities. [Page 1a]

38 killed in Iraq bombings

The latest string of car bombings and ambushes in Iraq left 38 people dead and wounded dozens more over a 24-hour period. [Page 12a]

Journalist killed in Beirut

A Lebanese journalist renowned for his anti-Syria views was killed yesterday by a bomb planted in his car in Beirut. [Page 12a]


10,000 new Fort Meade jobs

State officials are advising local governments to expect as many as 10,000 new jobs at Fort Meade within seven years as the military consolidates bases and boosts the ranks of the National Security Agency. Secretary Aris Melissaratos of the Department of Business and Economic Development, said the estimate - nearly double the number projected under the base realignment proposal - is drawn from talks with military officials. [Page 1a]

O'Malley-Jessamy budget deal

Mayor Martin O'Malley agreed yesterday to boost the budget of Baltimore State's Attorney Patricia C. Jessamy, a deal that may signal newfound harmony between the officials. The agreement will give the prosecutor's office about $600,000 more than the $2.2 million originally requested. [Page 1b]

Firefighting cash-flow problem

The president of the Owings Mills Volunteer Fire Company says he has frozen its spending and is scrambling for a way to raise cash after a melee at last year's fund-raising carnival led to the cancellation of the event for this year. [Page 1b]


Now hitting the big screen

Of movies opening this weekend, director Ron Howard's Cinderella Man, starring Russell Crowe and Renee Zellwegger, has the biggest box-office names. But other offerings at area theaters include the Lords of Dogtown with Emile Hirsch, Rebecca De Mornay and Heath Ledger and the documentary Mad Hot Ballroom. [Page 1c]

He can spell victory, too

Anurag Kashyap, 13, of California became the U.S. spelling champ yesterday, beating 272 other spellers in a tough two days of competition. He said he felt "just pure happiness." [Page 1c]

BET's Johnson to retire

Robert Johnson, who built BET into the leading TV network for black Americans, announced that he would retire in January. Debra Lee, BET's president and chief operating officer, will assume his CEO role. [Page 2c]


Legg Mason-Citigroup talks

Reports that Legg Mason Inc. is in talks to swap parts of its business with financial services giant Citigroup Inc. reverberated from Wall Street to the Inner Harbor yesterday, pumped Legg's stock to its all-time high, and signaled a continued industry retreat from the "financial supermarket" era that bunched many services under a single corporate nameplate. [Page 1a]

Foreclosure rescue schemes

Houses are being stolen from their owners through foreclosure rescue schemes that suck equity out of homes or gain title to residences, sometimes without the owners knowledge, according to a report released by a consumer advocacy group. [Page 1e]

Cordish is Cards' pick

The St. Louis Cardinals chose Baltimore-based The Cordish Co. yesterday to build a mixed-use development behind the outfield of the Cardinals' new stadium, a project the developer expects will lay groundwork for additional partnerships with professional teams to create entertainment districts around sports complexes. [Page 1e]


Heat takes 3-2 series lead

The Miami Heat defeated the Detroit Pistons, 88-76, to take a 3-2 series lead in the NBA's Eastern Conference finals. The teams will meet in Game 6 tomorrow in Auburn Hills, Mich. [Page 1f]

Ortiz's homer beats O's, 6-4

David Ortiz hit a three-run homer off B.J. Ryan in the bottom of the ninth inning to give the Red Sox a 6-4 victory over the Orioles. The win gave the Red Sox a split of the four-game series and pulled them within three games of the Orioles in the AL East.[Page 1f]

NBA pioneer Mikan dead

George Mikan, pro basketball's first dominant big man who led the Minneapolis Lakers to five titles, is dead at the age of 80. Mikan, who had suffered from diabetes and kidney failure, "was the NBA's first true superstar," said commissioner David Stern. [Page 1f]



A report on collegiate sports released yesterday says that NCAA member institutions have improved hiring records when it comes to gender, but not when it comes to race. See the complete report at


Read Sun film critic Michael Sragow's reviews of this weekend's new arrivals Cinderella Man and The Lords of Dogtown, plus search our interactive directory of theaters, movies and showtimes.


"I've always been very impressed with Loyola, and I think it's a very blessed place. I'm excited about leading the school."

The Rev. Brian Linnane, an assistant dean at Holy Cross, on being named president of Loyola College (Article, Page 1B)





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