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The Goods: As Laws Change, So Does the Baseball Bat. Legislation seeking to ban metal bats has been a boon for manufacturers of wood composite bats, which use blends of maple, ash and even bamboo. By BRENDAN I. KOERNER.NYT > The City, 8:15 PM.
City Lore: The Coney Island of Canarsie. Not far from Dreamland, another dreamland once flourished, complete with a tunnel of love, King Pharaoh the “Wonder Horse” and once, a star turn by a youngster named Mae West. By CRAIG RADOW.NYT > Health Care Policy, 8:15 PM.
Massachusetts Universal Care Plan Faces Hurdles. People who must pay for insurance may now be a majority of the state’s uninsured, and not all are rushing to get coverage. By PAM BELLUCK.NYT > Sports, 8:15 PM.
Near 30, Swimmer Resumes Sport for the Young. Allison Wagner considers herself an altogether different person than the skinny, single-minded perfectionist who was 16 when she set a world record in the 200-meter individual medley. By KAREN CROUSE.NYT > National, 8:15 PM.
Lake Tahoe Blaze Is Traced to Campfire. An unattended campfire in a restricted area was the cause of a devastating wildfire last weekend near Lake Tahoe, federal authorities said. By THE NEW YORK TIMES.NYT > Environment, 8:15 PM.
Buying Into the Green Movement. Eco-friendly shopping may be fashionable, but critics argue it won’t reduce global warming. By ALEX WILLIAMS.NYT > Asia Pacific, 8:15 PM.
Asia’s Long Road to Recovery. The financial crisis that rocked Asia a decade ago is past, but in the countries most affected, a sense of loss persists. By KEITH BRADSHER.NYT > Art and Design, 7:15 PM.
Art: This Art Is Your Art, This Art Is My Art. Stung by scandal, the Smithsonian needs to dust off America’s collection. By HOLLAND COTTER.
Close Reading: Hooked on the Fourth of July. It’s a raucous Independence Day picnic depicted in “All Had a Good Time,” and the hand-hooked rug certainly lives up to its title. By J. D. BIERSDORFER.NYT > Opinion, 7:15 PM.
Editorial: Abuse of Executive Privilege. Congress is finally challenging President Bush’s campaign to trample all legal and constitutional restraints on his power. By .
Editorial: Let Blair Be Blair. The job of peace envoy is extremely challenging, requiring a leader of Tony Blair’s prominence and skills. By .
The City Life: Predatory Newcomers Flit About. It is a big deal on the West Side of Manhattan to spot a fledgling hawk with a tiny, already pernicious looking beak. By FRANCIS X. CLINES.
[TS] Op-Ed Columnist: When the Vice President Does It, That Means It’s Not Illegal. Another half-century could pass before Americans learn the full story of the secrets buried by Dick Cheney and his boss. By FRANK RICH.
[TS] Op-Ed Columnist: Dog Paddling in the Tigris. There is no sign that the U.S. military’s surge in Iraq is making Iraqi politics or security better in any appreciable way. By THOMAS L. FRIEDMAN.
[TS] Op-Ed Columnist: Tears on My Pillow. “I miss Albania!” W. wails. “They know how to treat a president there.” By MAUREEN DOWD.
Op-Ed Contributor: Moving Beyond Kyoto. America should join an international treaty that cuts global warming pollution by 90 percent in developed countries and by more than half worldwide. By AL GORE.
Op-Ed Contributor: The Six Stages of E-Mail. It’s so easy. It’s so friendly. It’s a community. Wheeeee! I’ve got mail! By NORA EPHRON.NYT > The City, 7:15 PM.
The Call of the Wild Ride. Every summer Coney Island seems poised for its future. As July 4 nears, this time the anticipation may be for real. By MARK CALDWELL.
New York Observed: Her Notes From the Underground. As the guys discussed the ballgame and a baby was born in a nearby train, she realized that real life takes place not outside the subway but within it. By ERICA REX.
Harlem: After a Grisly Shooting, Parkgoers Are Up in Arms. Neighbors suggest that a recent deadly shooting in Marcus Garvey Park can be linked to quality-of-life violations. By ALEX MINDLIN.
Kensington: Talk Therapy for Postal Rage. In Brooklyn, the United States Postal Service is hoping to improve service with a new advisory council made up of representatives from community boards. By JAKE MOONEY.
Staten Island Up Close: Even as the City Rejects the Habit, One Place Is Still Tobacco Road. No one is quite sure why Staten Islanders appear to be the only city residents who don’t seem to be quitting smoking. By EMILY BRADY.
Bayside: For a Tiny Queens Church, a Smile From Rome. Our Lady of La Salette is a traditionalist church, where Mass has been delivered in Latin even as Rome turned to vernacular languages for its rites. By JOSEPH V. TIRELLA.NYT > Washington, 7:15 PM.
Word for Word | Spying on Reporters: J.F.K. Turns to the C.I.A. to Plug a Leak. In August 1962, President Kennedy, furious over information leaks to the media, took steps to spy on the national security reporter for The New York Times, Hanson Baldwin. By TIM WEINER.NYT > Arts, 7:15 PM.
Music: Maestro Gives New Meaning to Traffic Jam. An obscure composer’s grand plan to transform a bridge into an orchestra is slowly taking place upstate. By DANIEL J. WAKIN and JOHN SCHWARTZ.
Music: Electronica That Rocks, à la Française. With a harder edge and a French pedigree, a new strain of electronica seeps into summer. By WILL HERMES.
Dance: Steps That Outshine Big City’s Bright Lights. The New York City Ballet’s spring season includes works that rank among New York City’s greatest treasures, and glowing performances that showcase the wide range of Balanchine’s genius. By ALASTAIR MACAULAY.
Scenery Chewer Plays It Straight, Methodically. Actor Sam Rockwell tones down the wackiness to play the father of a bad seed in the movie “Joshua.” By SYLVIANE GOLD.
Enter Acting, Pursued by Applause. Audiences love to show their appreciation when stars walk onstage. How do the stars feel about it? By ZACHARY PINCUS-ROTH.NYT > Theater, 7:15 PM.
The Thirty Years’ War, All 10 Hours of It. Peter Stein, Germany’s biggest postwar directing star, is staging a 10-hour version of Friedrich Schiller’s classic 18th-century trilogy “Wallenstein.” By JONATHAN KALB.NYT > National, 7:15 PM.
Seattle Schools Take Stock After Justices Issue Ruling. While many school districts may be forced to abandon race-based assignment plans, Seattle will feel little impact from a ruling it helped prompt. By WILLIAM YARDLEY.NYT > Music, 7:15 PM.
Journeys | Bayreuth Without a Ticket: Opera-less in the Realm of Wagner. The small north Bavarian city of Bayreuth is the Woodstock of the opera set. But who needs a ticket to the music festival when there’s a keg in the parking lot? By FINN-OLAF JONES.
Playlist: Sugar Sugar, Shake Shake and, Yes!, Viking Metal. Reviews of new releases by Aly & AJ, Gotty Boi Chris, Prins Thomas, Mavado and Moonsorrow. By KELEFA SANNEH.NYT > Week in Review, 7:15 PM.
Roman Candles: Wrapped in the Star-Spangled Toga. Recently, it has seemed that ancient Rome is everywhere — especially in comparisons to modern America. By ADAM GOODHEART.
The Nation: Can a Law Change a Society?. Last week’s Supreme Court decision declared that public schools can’t take explicit account of race to achieve integration, but will a colorblindness mandate succeed? By JEFFREY ROSEN.
The Nation: A Bird Watcher Who Can Schmooze. The Smithsonian is looking for a chief executive who won’t use its funds for personal chandelier cleanings, pool heatings or chauffeur service. By ROBIN POGREBIN.
Birth Order: I Am Worm, Hear Me Roar. A study connecting birth order with differences in intelligence reminds us that the fight for self-definition starts much earlier than freshman year. By BENEDICT CAREY.
The Basics: The British Are Watching, Very Closely. The discovery of two bomb-laden cars around Piccadilly Circus on Friday underscored the vigilance that underpins quite a lot of behavior in Britain these days. By GRAHAM BOWLEY.
The Basics: Determining Who’s Gotten Satisfaction. In the case of the $54 million pants, just what did “satisfaction guaranteed” really mean? By CHRIS CONWAY.
World View Podcast. Greg Winter and Michael Wines discuss the disastrous spiral that is Zimbabwe’s economy. By .
Ideas & Trends: iSee Into the Future, Therefore iAm. S0, Steve Jobs, what’s next? The iPhone, after all, is already two days old. By ADAM BRYANT.
Ideas & Trends: Pop Life ’97: Tunes Were Empty, but the Coffers Were Full. For anyone who cares about music and its current chaotic state, the summer of 1997 was the beginning of the end of the music business as we knew it. By DAVID BROWNE.
Reading File: The Mullahs Reap What They Sow. National Review Online’s Victor Davis Hanson on Iran’s theocratic leadership and The Guardian’s Kate Connelly on Volksmusik, the German “music of the people.” By .
Laugh Lines: Jay Leno and David Letterman. Excerpts from television talk show monologues. By .
Correction: When Computers Attack. An article last Sunday on the potential impact of a world cyberwar misstated the main method of recent cyberattacks in Estonia. The method is known as distributed denial of service, not digital denial of service. By .NYT > Education, 7:15 PM.
University for Deaf Is Put on Probation. Gallaudet, the nation’s only liberal arts university for the deaf, has been put on probation by its accrediting agency. By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS.NYT > Baseball, 6:15 PM.
Mets 8, Phillies 3: Mets Feel Flash of Pain in the Middle of a Victory. The site of pitcher Jorge Sosa limping off the field overshadowed a dynamic performance by Carlos Beltrán and a solid victory in Philadelphia. By BEN SHPIGEL.NYT > Asia Pacific, 6:15 PM.
Bomber’s End: Flash of Terror, Humble Grave. In Afghanistan, suicide bombers are buried without ceremony, the forgettable end to an unforgivable act. By BARRY BEARAK.
Pope Urges Reconciliation for China’s Catholics. In a letter, Pope Benedict acknowledged suffering by Catholics under Communist rule, but said it was time to forgive past wrongdoings. By ELISABETH ROSENTHAL.
More Afghan Civilians Killed in Airstrikes. Local Afghan officials reported that dozens of civilians, and perhaps a great many more, were killed during United States-led coalition airstrikes. By BARRY BEARAK and TAIMOOR SHAH.
Companies in U.S. Increase Testing of Chinese Goods. Widening recalls have forced big American companies to focus on potential hazards that were overlooked in the past. By NELSON D. SCHWARTZ.
Lives: Market Forces. Trading in carpets, chess sets and casualties at a military base in Afghanistan. By KEVIN PATTERSON.NYT > Americas, 6:15 PM.
Bell Canada to Go Private in Record-Setting Deal. The bid from a pension fund and private equity firm would be among the largest leveraged buyouts ever. By IAN AUSTEN.NYT > Science, 6:15 PM.
The Amateur Future of Space Travel. How NASA turned to America’s basement brainstormers, workbench concocters and garage tinkerers to revive the space program. By JACK HITT.NYT > Europe, 6:15 PM.
Britain on Edge After Car Slams Into Airport. Britain raised its terrorism threat assessment to its highest level after two men slammed a Jeep S.U.V. into entrance doors at Glasgow Airport and turned the vehicle into a potentially lethal fireball. By ALAN COWELL and RAYMOND BONNER.
Bush to Press Putin on Iran Sanctions. President Bush will press President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia to support a major escalation of economic pressure, officials said. By JIM RUTENBERG and DAVID E. SANGER.
A Death in Moscow. The journalist Anna Politkovskaya defended Russia’s victims — until she became one. By ANDREW MEIER.NYT > Africa, 6:15 PM.
Uganda and Rebels Agree to Third Phase of a 5-Stage Peace Deal. Uganda’s government and the Lord’s Resistance Army rebels signed an agreement on how to deal with war crimes in the third phase of talks to end one of Africa’s worst conflicts. By REUTERS.
Niger Sending Troops Toward Rebel Area. Niger is deploying large numbers of soldiers, 4,000 one report says, in the north of the country after a spate of attacks by Tuareg rebels . By AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE.NYT > Middle East, 6:15 PM.
Hamas Rejects an Outside Force for Gaza. Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas, of Fatah, had proposed sending an international force to Gaza to enable early elections. By ISABEL KERSHNER and TAGHREED EL-KHODARY.
2 U.S. Soldiers Charged With Murder of 3 Iraqis. The two soldiers have been charged with premeditated murder and planting weapons on dead Iraqis. By STEPHEN FARRELL.NYT > National, 6:15 PM.
Perspective on Her Side, Mrs. Edwards Enters Fray. Since her cancer diagnosis, Elizabeth Edwards has become an increasing presence in her husband’s campaign. By ADAM NAGOURNEY and PATRICK HEALY.
After Bill’s Fall, G.O.P. May Pay in Latino Votes. The demise of the immigration bill may have damaged the party’s ability to attract more Hispanic voters. By JENNIFER STEINHAUER.NYT > New York Region, 6:15 PM.
Official Sees Possible Risk in Big Project in Brooklyn. A debate over Atlantic Yards may be revived because of a lawsuit that has wrung free hundreds of pages of internal documents. By NICHOLAS CONFESSORE and ANDY NEWMAN.
Man Cleared in Fatal Fall at Nightclub. Charges have been dropped against a man who was accused of causing the death of a another man who fell down an elevator shaft last winter, his lawyer said. By ETHAN WILENSKY-LANFORD.
Police Call Deaths Murder-Suicide. A Brooklyn man fatally shot his 21-year-old son in their apartment, then apparently shot himself, authorities said. By .NYT > National, 5:15 PM.
Texas Residents Return to Homes as Waters Recede. Storm-weary residents who evacuated their homes along the rain-swollen Brazos River were allowed to return Saturday but were urged to remain cautious. By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS.
Fiscal Year Brings Range Of New Laws From States. Hundreds of new laws take effect on July 1, when most states begin their fiscal years. By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS.
Rehabilitating Uncle Remus (and His House in Atlanta). The Wren’s Nest, the home of Joel Chandler Harris and his famous storyteller, Uncle Remus, has long been shunned by the black neighborhood that surrounds it. By CATE DOTY.NYT > New York Region, 5:15 PM.
Stickball, Anyone? In a PlayStation World, Maybe Not. The once-ubiquitous game of stickball is on its last gasp in New York City, a vestige of a simpler age for which a fast-paced world has little time. By TIMOTHY WILLIAMS and CASSI FELDMAN.
Back on Opponents’ Turf, Spitzer Works to Stir Up Discontent. Gov. Eliot Spitzer is traveling to the districts of state senators to upbraid them for taking what he has termed a “vacation” and to demand that they return to Albany. By NICHOLAS CONFESSORE.NYT > Washington, 5:15 PM.
Ping: The Big Thought Is Missing in National Security. Why, six years after 9/11, is there no mega-research project to address the plausible security threats to the United States in the 21st century? By G. PASCAL ZACHARY.NYT > Baseball, 4:15 PM.
Life in a Cage: Baby Sleeps, Mom Cooks, Dad Bats. For the past three years, Amber Willits, the wife of Angels outfielder Reggie Willits, has made a home, raised a son and helped develop a .300 hitter — all in an indoor batting cage. By LEE JENKINS.
Keeping Biggio Without a Hit 3,000 Ago. Charlie Wonsowicz did not remember having much of a scouting report the first time he pitched to Craig Biggio 20 years ago. By JACK CURRY.NYT > Other Sports, 4:15 PM.
Drivers Hit by Penalties, but Damage Seems Slight. Jeff Gordon and Jimmie Johnson were each docked 100 points Tuesday for violating Nascar’s rules, but the sanctions did not ruffle public opinion much. By DAVE CALDWELL.
Conlogue Is an Intense 14-Year-Old, In and Out of the Water. Courtney Conlogue has stood out at the elite level in amateur surfing for more than her talent. By MATT HIGGINS.
Bowling: Why a 900 Series Just Isn’t What It Used to Be. Higher scores and dwindling memberships are dividing purists and recreational bowlers over the sport’s priorities. By NEIL AMDUR.
One Last Time Around the Grand Prix Circuit in Rural France. Despite recent assurances by the president of the circuit, Gérard Dumas, that the circuit would fight on, Magny-Cours looks doomed. By BRAD SPURGEON.NYT > Golf, 4:15 PM.
It’s Open and Out as Injured and Struggling Wie Withdraws. For the second time in three events, Michelle Wie withdrew in the middle of a tournament, the latest disappointing finish in what has become a strange and forgettable season. By DAMON HACK.
Ochoa Picks Up Another Sponsor. Lorena Ochoa, who has been playing Ping equipment for the last 10 years, will finally be paid to use it under a multiyear agreement that varies slightly from most Ping contracts. By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS.NYT > Washington, 4:15 PM.
In Steps Big and Small, Supreme Court Moved Right. In the first full term of the Roberts Supreme Court, a third of decisions were decided by 5-to-4 margins, with Justice Anthony M. Kennedy as the linchpin. By LINDA GREENHOUSE.NYT > National, 4:15 PM.
Universal Care Plan Faces Hurdles in Massachusetts. People who must pay for insurance may now be a majority of the state’s uninsured, and not all are rushing to get coverage. By PAM BELLUCK.NYT > New York Region, 3:15 PM.
Death Is 3rd in 3 Years at Playland. A manager of the Mind Scrambler ride at Playland Amusement Park in Rye, N.Y., was killed Friday night after she rode it without wearing her seat belt. By NATE SCHWEBER and MANNY FERNANDEZ.NYT > Obituaries, 3:15 PM.
Laurence Mancuso Dies; Founding Abbot Was 72. The Rev. Mancuso was the founding abbot of the Monks of New Skete, whose hilltop monastery in upstate New York is renowned for breeding German shepherds. By DENNIS HEVESI.Pogue's Posts, 3:00 PM.
IPhone Good News and Bad News. The following video may not be suitable for all viewers. In it, PC World’s correspondent attempts to damage a shiny new iPhone by shaking it in a Ziplock bag full of keys; by keying it deliberately; by dropping it repeatedly onto concrete; and more. Even I was surprised by the results.On the other hand, it [...]NYT > Sports, 2:15 PM.
Athletics 7, Yankees 0: Igawa Is Not the Answer for Yankees. Starter Kei Igawa ran into early trouble against the Athletics while Oakland starter Chad Gaudin baffled the Yankees, who have now lost 8 of their last 10 games. By DAVID PICKER.NYT > Baseball, 2:15 PM.
A Wild Ride for Ankiel Finds Direction. A few years ago, the Cardinals’ Rick Ankiel was one of the best young left-handed pitchers in the major leagues. Now he’s hitting and fielding in the minor leagues. By JOE LAPOINTE.NYT > Technology, 1:15 PM.
Can She Turn Yahoo Into, Well, Google?. Susan L. Decker, president of Yahoo, faces daunting challenges: rebuilding morale, attracting top-notch recruits and delivering better results for investors. By MIGUEL HELFT.NYT > Media and Advertising, 1:15 PM.
All the News That’s Fit to Print Out. How did the world’s biggest online encyclopedia turn into a leading source of daily journalism? By JONATHAN DEE.
The Web Site Celebrities Fear. While networks tussled over which would land the first interview with Paris Hilton after her release from jail, the upstart Web site TMZ.com was breaking most of the news. By ALLISON HOPE WEINER.
The Media Equation: Say ‘Cheese’ for the King of the A-List. Jason Binn will announce this week that his magazine company, Niche Media, will merge with Greenspun Media Group of Las Vegas, creating a network of 16 publications. By DAVID CARR.NYT > Business, 1:15 PM.
Bell Canada Agrees to $49 Billion Deal. The bid from a pension fund and private equity firm would be among the largest leveraged buyouts ever. By IAN AUSTEN.
Congressional Leaders Skeptical of South Korea Trade Deal. The Korean Free Trade Agreement calls for eliminating tariffs on 95 percent of consumer and industrial products traded between the United States and South Korea. By CHOE SANG-HUN.
A Hamptons for Hedge Funds. The rise of Caribbean tax havens coincides with recent calls by American legislators for greater oversight and taxation of hedge funds. By LYNNLEY BROWNING.
Re:framing: A Challenge to Gene Theory, a Tougher Look at Biotech. The $73.5 billion global biotech business may soon have to grapple with a discovery that calls into question the scientific principles on which it was founded. By DENISE CARUSO.
Spending: If One Vacation Home Won’t Do, How About a Bunch?. Destination clubs are a recent innovation in the shared-ownership industry, allowing members to vacation in luxurious, club-owned homes throughout the world. By EILENE ZIMMERMAN.
Economic View: A False Sense of Security? You Must Own a Home. Never before have homeowners actually had such a small ownership stake in the houses they occupy. By LOUIS UCHITELLE.
Everybody's Business: What Is This Thing Called Private Equity?. There’s something not quite kosher about some private equity dealings, or so it seems to me. But I could be wrong. By BEN STEIN.
Investing: Value Stocks Prove That the Bargain Basement Isn’t Empty. With their bargain prices, value-oriented stocks can generate a healthy cash flow and give investors a reassuring margin of safety. By GERALDINE FABRIKANT.
Fundamentally: Don’t Let a Bouncing Bond Market Make You Dizzy. Just as increased volatility in stocks can highlight opportunities for equity investors, the recent rockiness in bonds can help clarify some decisions. By PAUL J. LIM.
Dealbook: Your Debt May Become My Advantage. In buyouts, the winners can include rival companies that go head to head in the marketplace with businesses that are laden with debt as a result of leveraged buyouts. By NORM ALSTER.
Market Week: Choosing Sides on Jobs Data. The monthly Labor Department jobs report is often wide of the mark, requiring substantial revisions weeks later and leaving investors unsure of how to interpret the results. By CONRAD DE AENLLE.
National Perspectives: Restoring the Past to Improve the Future. The restoration of a historic theater is part of an array of changes intended to reinvigorate a once-thriving African-American community in Virginia. By FRED A. BERNSTEIN.
The Count: That War Is Over. It’s O.K. to Trade With the Enemy.. What began in 1776 as an act of rebellion against the British created not just a separate country but also a powerful economic force. By PHYLLIS KORKKI.
Suits: Only One Word for Subprime Mess. High-level public officials and private analysts suggest that the subprime mortgage mess is contained. By GRETCHEN MORGENSON.
[TS] Fair Game: Risk-Aversion Therapy on Wall St.. Investors have some nerve to dump Blackstone’s shares — don’t they know who Steve Schwarzman is? By GRETCHEN MORGENSON.NYT > Other Sports, 1:15 PM.
America's Cup: Alinghi Tacks to a Victory From Repeat. What looked like a comfortable lead for Emirates Team New Zealand in Race 6 of the America’s Cup turned out to be something much more fragile, and now Alinghi has a 4-2 series lead. By CHRISTOPHER CLAREY.NYT > Sports, 1:15 PM.
Two Men Are Pulling Strings to Make Players’ Rackets Fresher. Nate Ferguson and Ron Yu construct, deconstruct and reconstruct the woven crisscross pattern of tennis racket strings every day, for dozens of rackets. By JOHN BRANCH.NYT > International, 12:15 PM.
2 G.I.’s Charged With Murder of 3 Iraqis. The two soldiers have been charged with premeditated murder and planting weapons on dead Iraqis. By STEPHEN FARRELL.
Airstrikes Kill at Least 30 in Afghanistan. Local Afghan officials said that perhaps a great many more than 30 civilians were killed during United States-led coalition airstrikes. By BARRY BEARAK and TAIMOOR SHAH.NYT > Sports, 11:15 AM.
Jeter Sees It’s Time That He Speaks Up. Now in his 12th full season, Derek Jeter has been in the playoffs for 11 consecutive years. But this is a different team and a different time. By JACK CURRY.
America's Cup: Alinghi Tacks to One Victory Away From Retaining America’s Cup. What looked like a comfortable lead for Emirates Team New Zealand in Race 6 of the America’s Cup turned out to be something much more fragile, and now Alinghi has a 4-2 series lead. By CHRISTOPHER CLAREY.
[TS] Sports of The Times: Mets Fans Find Their Usual Seats in Philadelphia. Just as killer bees sting their way upward from Brazil and alien seaweed clogs the waterways of North America, so Mets fans swarm their way to Philadelphia. By GEORGE VECSEY.NYT > International, 10:15 AM.
Pope Appeals for Reconciliation Among China’s Catholics. In a letter, Pope Benedict acknowledged suffering by Catholics under Communist rule, but said it was time to forgive past wrongdoings. By ELISABETH ROSENTHAL.
Bush to Seek Putin’s Help on Iran Sanctions. President Bush will press President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia to support a major escalation of economic pressure, officials said. By JIM RUTENBERG and DAVID E. SANGER.
Britain Hunts for Suspects in Failed Bombs. Several experts and officials said that the technology behind two thwarted car bombings in central London seemed to be amateurish. By ALAN COWELL and RAYMOND BONNER.
The Saturday Profile: Saving Wildlife in Zambia, and Raising Human Prospects. Describing Hammer Simwinga’s work is easy: He shows rural Zambians that there are better ways to get ahead than by killing animals. Doing it well is another matter. By MICHAEL WINES.NYT > Sports, 7:15 AM.
On Basketball: Don’t Be Surprised if Durant Delivers Big. At the moment of his first 40-point, 20-rebound outburst, the world will realize what Kevin Durant is hiding behind his smile. By STEPHEN DANLEY.NYT > Business, 6:15 AM.
Bell Canada Endorses Privatization Offer. If approved, the deal would be Canada’s largest takeover and among the largest leveraged buyouts in history. By IAN AUSTEN.NYT > Television, 5:15 AM.
Joel Siegel, 63, Movie Critic Who Instructed and Amused, Dies. Mr. Siegel was a longtime film critic for ABC News whose pithy reviews captured the essence of a new film quickly without giving too much away. By EDWARD WYATT.NYT > Business, 4:15 AM.
As Unrest Rises, China Broadens Workers’ Rights. A new law strengthens protections amid increasing signs of restiveness among tens of millions of migrant laborers. By JOSEPH KAHN and DAVID BARBOZA.NYT > Health Care Policy, 4:15 AM.
Commission on Veterans’ Care Recommends Measures to Improve Treatment at Home. The commission focused on moving patients through various stages of aid to home care and to jobs. By JACQUELINE PALANK.
Psychiatrists Top List in Drug Maker Gifts. Psychiatrists earn more money from drug makers than doctors in any other specialty. By GARDINER HARRIS.NYT > Space, 4:15 AM.
The Diapers? Astronaut Denies It. The astronaut Lisa M. Nowak did not wear diapers during her 950-mile road trip to confront a romantic rival, her lawyer said. By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS.NYT > Washington, 3:15 AM.
Immigrants Work On as Bill Dies and Views Divide. The day after the Senate failed to move on a proposal for a broad change in immigration law, it was time to take stock. By RANDAL C. ARCHIBOLD.Front Page, 12:30 AM.
Memo From Islamabad: As Pakistan’s Chief Looks Ahead, Army Holds the Cards. What the army thinks about a political logjam, and what it decides to do, will be the defining factor in Gen. Pervez Musharraf’s future, most commentators agree. By CARLOTTA GALL.NYT > Washington, 12:15 AM.
National Briefing WASHINGTON: Justice Department Official Resigns. A Justice Department official, Rachel L. Brand, who was considered as a possible replacement for one of several fired United States attorneys, has resigned. By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS.NYT > Obituaries, 10:15 PM.
Silas H. Rhodes Dies at 91; Built School of Visual Arts. Mr. Rhodes was the co-founder of a trade school for cartoonists and illustrators in Manhattan that he built into the School of Visual Arts. By RANDY KENNEDY.
Abraham Klausner, 92, Dies; Aided Holocaust Survivors. Rabbi Klausner was the first Jewish chaplain in the United States Army to arrive at the Dachau concentration camp after its 1945 liberation. By DENNIS HEVESI.
Bruce Kennedy, 68, Ex-Chief of Alaska Air, Dies. Bruce R. Kennedy was killed when the single-engine plane he was piloting crashed in central Washington. By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS.NYT > Opinion, 10:15 PM.
Editorial: The Grand Collapse. The immigration bill’s defeat thwarted the possibility of progress on border security, stricter employment laws and an orderly future flow of workers. By .
Editorial: Questions About a Governor’s Fall. If the Justice Department was looking to help Republicans in Alabama, putting away Don Siegelman would be a shrewd move. By .
Editorial Observer: Mr. Bush Gets Another Look Into Mr. Putin’s Eyes. The Russian president arrives Sunday at the Bush family compound in Kennebunkport — the only foreign leader to get such an invitation from this President Bush. By CARLA ANNE ROBBINS.
[TS] Op-Ed Columnist: When Is Enough Enough?. For black people, the current composition of the Supreme Court should be the ultimate lesson in the importance of voting in a presidential election. By BOB HERBERT.
[TS] Guest Columnist: Courage Without the Uniform. The Iraq war has started to resemble a postapocalyptic science fiction film like “Blade Runner.” By TIMOTHY EGAN.
Op-Ed Contributor: Little America. It feels a bit unseemly to see America, the world’s richest nation entangled in a dispute with Navassa, the poorest nation in our hemisphere over a remote rock that no one can live on. By TED WIDMER.
Op-Ed Contributor: The Break-In That History Forgot. I finally realized that what had gone wrong in the Nixon White House was a meltdown in personal integrity. By EGIL KROGH.NYT > Music, 10:15 PM.
Music Review | Rickie Lee Jones: New Rooms With Views, Some Dark and Chilling. “Songs are like rooms,” Rickie Lee Jones said a few tunes into her sold-out show at Fillmore New York on Thursday. “We all go in and look around, and then we go out again.” By NATE CHINEN.
Music Review | Lukas Foss: Red, White and Blue Celebration for an American Born in Berlin. Lukas Foss, who turns 85 in August and was recognized at the Rose Theater at Lincoln Center on Thursday night, has in him a little of both the American dream and the American reality. By BERNARD HOLLAND.
Music Review | Ojos de Brujo: Far Beyond Flamenco, a Zest for Rhythms (and Politics). Ojos de Brujo, whose name means Eyes of the Wizard, is a determinedly independent band from Barcelona. By JON PARELES.
Music Review | New York Philharmonic: Taking the Earnest and Chatty Approach to Strauss and Liszt. Not for nothing has the New York Philharmonic placed its Summertime Classics series — now in its fourth year — in Bramwell Tovey’s hands. By ANNE MIDGETTE.NYT > Fashion and Style, 10:15 PM.
The Shelf Life of Bliss. The seven-year itch? It may be down to three. By SAM ROBERTS.
Hey, Man, Let’s Play Video Game Dress-Up. Will virtual style catch on in real life? By CHRISTOPHER HEALY.
The Age of Dissonance: The Upside of Anger. A new national poll of 2,500 drivers reports that this spring New Yorkers went from third place to second in instances of aggressive driving and road rage. By BOB MORRIS.
A Night Out With: The Master of Festivities. The Magnum Photos’ 60th anniversary celebration will be held at gallery owner Carlo von Zeitsche’s home. By LIESL SCHILLINGER.
Possessed: Not a Believer, but Just in Case...Om. Buddha statues are the inspiration for Rudolf Stingel’s new exhibit at the Whitney Museum of American Art. By DAVID COLMAN.NYT > Books, 10:15 PM.
The Home Place. Rural, Methodist Iowans during the Great Depression were not a soft lot, but Mildred Armstrong Kalish absolutely loved her childhood. By ELIZABETH GILBERT.
Acting Out. As the heroine of this novel grows up, her parents’ myth explodes. By KATHRYN HARRISON.
Inferior Design. In his second book, Michael Behe turns to genetics to poke holes in Darwin’s theory. By RICHARD DAWKINS.
The Least Among Us. The economist Paul Collier has some ideas about how to improve the lot of the world’s poorest countries. By NIALL FERGUSON.
Korean War. In this novel, a young Korean-American woman must battle her parents to grow up. By LIESL SCHILLINGER.NYT > National, 10:15 PM.
Bill Dies, Views Divide and Immigrants Work On. The failure of an immigration bill stirred a variety of emotions. In Tulcingo del Valle, Mexico, where most have a family member in the U.S., many felt let down. By RANDAL C. ARCHIBOLD.NYT > Middle East, 10:15 PM.
Lebanese Troops Kill 2 Palestinian Protesters and Wound 30. Lebanese Army troops opened fire at Palestinian demonstrators trying to march back to their besieged refugee camp in northern Lebanon, witnesses said. By NADA BAKRI.
Israel’s Deal Over Rape Charges Is Criticized as President Resigns. Israel’s disgraced president, Moshe Katsav, submitted his resignation to Parliament amid public criticism over the deal by which rape charges against him were dropped. By ISABEL KERSHNER.
Buried Bomb Kills 5 G.I.’s in Baghdad Neighborhood. Five American soldiers were killed when insurgents blew up a huge bomb beneath their convoy and then attacked with a hail of gunfire and rocket-propelled grenades. By RICHARD A. OPPEL Jr..
Tooth May Have Solved Mummy Mystery. A single tooth and some DNA clues appear to have “positively identified” the mummy of Hatshepsut, a great queen of ancient Egypt, who reigned in the 15th century B.C. By JOHN NOBLE WILFORD.
Forbidden Pleasure in the Desert. In the Iraqi desert, cold beer is something soldiers dream about. By DEXTER FILKINS.NYT > Health, 10:15 PM.
China Vows Food-Safety Changes. China promised to cooperate in tackling its food safety problems but urged a quick resolution. By DAVID BARBOZA.
Old Drugs in, New Ones Out. Biotechnology companies are betting that pairing old drugs can be a better business than inventing new ones from scratch. By ANDREW POLLACK.
Disability, the Insurance That Is Often Sadly Overlooked. Disability insurance coverage can make a big difference in the lives of disabled workers and their families. By HILLARY CHURA.NYT > Magazine, 10:15 PM.
The Final Days. A growing community of amateur scholars believe that the world as we know it will come to an end in 2012, as prophesied by the ancient Maya. Is the New Age apocalypse coming round at last? By BENJAMIN ANASTAS.
Style: Meta-Morphosis. A meticulous renovation turns back the clock on an ’80s landmark. By PILAR VILADAS.
Style: In Situ. A limited-edition chair that’s at home anywhere. By PILAR VILADAS.
Food: The Way We Eat: Curd Mentality. To make butter (and sweet buttermilk), first discard excess skepticism. By DANIEL PATTERSON.NYT > Education, 10:15 PM.
Money, Not Race, Fuels New Push to Buoy Schools. Even before a Supreme Court decision on integration, the push to improve public schools had turned, increasingly, on money. By TAMAR LEWIN and DAVID M. HERSZENHORN.
Small Schools Are Ahead in Graduation. Most of the small public high schools set up by the Bloomberg administration have made considerable advances over the large high schools they replaced. By JULIE BOSMAN.
Neutrality in Expansion at Columbia Is Questioned. A judge has questioned the independence of a state agency that is working with Columbia University on the possible use of eminent domain. By ANEMONA HARTOCOLLIS.NYT > New York Region, 10:15 PM.
Brooklyn, Your New Floating Swimming Pool Is Almost Ready Now. On July 4th, a floating pool built on a barge on the Brooklyn waterfront will finally be ready for bathers. By ETHAN WILENSKY-LANFORD.NYT > Science, 10:15 PM.
Bald Eagles, Thriving, Settle Into Suburban Life. Bald eagles, whose numbers dwindled in the 1960s, are once again flourishing, the interior secretary said Thursday. By FELICITY BARRINGER.NYT > Europe, 10:15 PM.
London Police Defuse Bombs; Iraq Ploy Cited. Two Mercedes sedans filled with gasoline, nails and gas canisters had been parked near Piccadilly Circus in the bustling West End. By ALAN COWELL.
La Viñuela Journal: 62 City Women Agree: The Farmer Needs a Wife. A “women’s caravan” has come to the quiet village of La Viñuela in Spain to offer blind dates with local farmers. By VICTORIA BURNETT.
Art Review | Sculpture Projects Münster ’07 : In Münster, a Sculpture Space Odyssey. On the European grand tour of international exhibitions this summer, Sculpture Projects? plural in english on site/p Münster ’07 is the baby - the smallest, youngest, the most modest and, this year especially, the least polished. By ROBERTA SMITH.
World Briefing | Europe: Sweden: Renewable Booze. Almost all of the 185,000 gallons of alcohol seized from smugglers trying to sneak beer, wine and liquor into Sweden last year was turned into alternative fuel. By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS.NYT > Movie News, 10:15 PM.
Plot Thickens in a Tom Cruise Film, Long Before the Cameras Begin to Roll. When the director Bryan Singer decided to cast Tom Cruise as the German Army officer who tried to blow up Hitler toward the end of World War II, he thought he had dealt with all the possible pitfalls. By MICHAEL CIEPLY and MARK LANDLER.
How a Fan of Comic Books Transformed Himself Into a Hollywood Player. At the party after the “Transformers” mega-premiere on Wednesday, Tom DeSanto, one of that action movie’s producers, was the picture of a hungry Hollywood hustler finally eyeing a hearty meal of credit, money and maybe even a modicum of stature. By DAVID M. HALBFINGER.NYT > Travel, 10:15 PM.
The Last Wilderness. Though it’s overlooked in favor of more famous Western destinations, the Big Empty of northern Idaho has what they have and more. By TIMOTHY EGAN.
Choice Tables | Venice: News on the Rialto Is About Seafood as Good as Ever. The food in Venice isn’t nearly as bad as most “experts” report. Five restaurants to help you sample the best dishes the city has to offer. By MARK BITTMAN.
Check In, Check Out : Barcelona: Hotel 1898. The hotel offers a quiet slice of empire-era luxury in a prime location. By SARAH WILDMAN.
Armchair Traveler. The Scottish journalist A. A. Gill has written a hilarious series of field notes from England, a country where he has resided for more than 50 years. By RICHARD B. WOODWARD.
In Transit: A Flying Apartment to India. Soon, flying to India will not only be easier but more luxurious, too, thanks to Jet Airways. By JENNIFER CONLIN.NYT > Art and Design, 10:15 PM.
ART: Splashing the Art World With Anger and Questions. Until the pranks turned ugly, it was heartening to follow the dust-up between a bunch of street artists and their nemesis or nemeses, identity unknown. By MICHAEL KIMMELMAN.
Art Review | Daniel Gordon: A World of Scissors and Paper That’s Captured in Photographs. Daniel Gordon’s large color photographs, the subject of a solo exhibition at Zach Feuer Gallery in Chelsea, operate in the gap between collage and set-up photography, which is a lively place to be at the moment. By ROBERTA SMITH.NYT > Washington, 10:15 PM.
In Shift, Justices Agree to Review Detainees’ Case. The United States Supreme Court agreed to hear claims of Guantánamo detainees that they had a right to challenge their detention in American courts. By WILLIAM GLABERSON.
News Analysis: A Reversal of Fortune for Bush’s Political Capital. President Bush is in danger of losing control over a party that once marched in lockstep with him. By SHERYL GAY STOLBERG.
Failure of Senate Immigration Bill Can Be Lesson for Congress, Experts Say. The Senate tried to do too much in one bill, said immigration lawyers, researchers, former government officials and other experts. By ROBERT PEAR.NYT > Television, 10:15 PM.
The Web: Online Cliffhangers: You Choose the Cliff. This month the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences awarded itsallinyourhands.com the first-ever Emmy for a broadband show. By Virginia Heffernan.NYT > Weddings, 10:15 PM.
Vows: Jordan Roter and Guy Stodel. After years of paddling in place in the Hollywood dating pool, the couple were married on June 23 under a wedding canopy in Laguna Niguel in Dana Point, Calif. By MONICA CORCORAN.
Janeene Fears-MacArthur and Serge Balmir Jr.. Janeene L. Fears-MacArthur was married Saturday to Dr. Serge Balmir Jr. at Rancho Las Lomas, a private estate in Silverado, Calif. By .
Lisa Hsu and Thomas Petersen. The couple met at Princeton, from which they both graduated, and were married Saturday in Rancho Santa Fe, Calif. By .
Chloe Shehan and Matthew Bernbach. The couple were married Saturday evening at Pearbrook Farm, which the couple owns, in Greenville, N.Y. By .
Sara Whitaker and Stephen Smith. The couple met at an antiwar protest in 2003. Political fervor unexpectedly turned to romantic fervor and the couple were married Friday in the Shakespeare Garden at Northwestern University in Chicago. By .NYT > Asia Pacific, 10:15 PM.
Taliban Spreading, Pakistani President Is Warned. Gen. Pervez Musharraf was told that without “swift and decisive action,” militancy could engulf the country. By JANE PERLEZ and ISMAIL KHAN.
East Timor Votes Again, but Democracy Has Not Bred Prosperity. On Saturday, East Timor elects a new government that analysts expect will upend the political order but do little to address the paralyzing poverty and disarray in the country. By SETH MYDANS.
North Korea and U.N. Reach Agreement on Reactor Shutdown. The U.N.’s nuclear monitoring agency and North Korea have reached an agreement about how the agency will verify the shutdown of the country’s main nuclear reactor. By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS.
U.S. Account of Afghan Deaths at Odds With Head of Rights Group. A human rights group said four civilians were killed by American and Afghan forces. The American-led coalition disagreed, saying that three militants were killed during combat. By BARRY BEARAK and ABDUL WAHEED WAFA.NYT > Automobiles, 10:15 PM.
Behind The Wheel | Ferrari F430: Machine Is a Dream. Wait Is a Nightmare.. If you can manage to get ahold of one, Ferrari’s F430 provides a total experience, one that dopes every pleasure receptor in your brain with automotive giddiness. By EZRA DYER.
Auto Ego: On the Road With Ooh-La-La. In the 28 years since he saw his first Citroën, Robert Monteleone has been obsessed enough to own as many as three at a time. By RICHARD S. CHANG.
Motoring: Tuning in ‘24’ While Heading Down the Highway. Endless viewings of “Shrek 2” or “Over the Hedge” can generate boredom in the back seat, too, which is why the next big thing for in-car entertainment may be live TV. By JOHN R. QUAIN.
Handlebars: For Riders, Risk Is Growing. While the death rate for people in vehicles fell by about 17 percent for each mile traveled in the last decade, the rate for motorcycle riders more than doubled. By MATTHEW L. WALD.