Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

April 27, 2004

NATIONAL

Bush visiting Baltimore today

In his fourth visit to Baltimore since taking office, President Bush will promote today his plan to computerize medical records of Americans in the next decade. He will speak at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center. [Page 3a]

Kerry responds to GOP critics

While campaigning, John Kerry countered GOP critics of his anti-war activities, saying that President Bush "can't ... prove that he showed up for duty in the National Guard." [Page 3a]

Justices rebuke liberal colleagues

Two of the Supreme Court's most conservative members rebuked their more liberal justices, accusing them of ducking a church-state fight over mealtime prayers at a tax-funded military college. Both said the court should have taken the case. [Page 4a]

WORLD

South Africans focus on economy

As they celebrate the 10th anniversary of the end of apartheid, black South Africans are embarking on another revolution, seeking more control of the economy. [Page 1a]

Jewish settlers oppose movement

Jewish settlers in the Gaza Strip invited all Israelis to join them today, to mark Israel's Independence Day and show opposition to Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's proposal to abandon the Gaza settlements. [Page 9a]

MARYLAND

Medical cause seen in I-95 crash

The driver of the gasoline tanker that plunged from an overpass Jan. 13 onto I-95 apparently had a heart attack or other medical problem that caused him to lose control of his truck, investigators said. The report is to be released today. Four people were killed. [Page 1a]

State may look into lab approvals

Maryland's health secretary has threatened to cancel the state's automatic approval of nationally accredited medical laboratories here unless the accrediting agency hands over its inspection reports. The issue arose after an agency gave Maryland General Hospital a glowing report when its labs were in disarray. [Page 1a]

Possible moratorium on Shore

Environmental officials warned that the pace of development that overwhelmed a sewage plant in Centreville has pushed a new $9 million plant beyond its recommended capacity - before it has opened. State officials are considering a moratorium on building permits in the Shore town. [Page 1b]

TODAY

Redgrave does Shakespeare

Students at the Baltimore School for the Arts get a lesson in speaking Shakespeare at the foot of a master, actress Lynn Redgrave. [Page 1c]

An alternative to Harry Potter

Christian parents who enjoy seeing their children read but disagree with positive images of witchcraft in Harry Potter, get an alternative in Shadowmancer by G.P. Taylor. [Page 1c]

`The Normal Heart' returns

AIDS activist and playwright Larry Kramer shocked, angered and overwhelmed audiences in the 1980s with The Normal Heart, a play foretelling the epidemic of "gay cancer." The play is back off-Broadway. [Page 3c]

BUSINESS

Maryland drug prices go on Web

The Maryland attorney general is offering price comparisons for the 25 most-prescribed medications on his Web site (www.oag.state.md.us). The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services will soon publish a more comprehensive list. [Page 1a]

PSC members challenge firings

State Public Service Commission members Harold D. Williams and Gail C. McDonald are challenging the firing of professionals at the agency that regulates utilities. They are seeking a legal opinion. [Page 1d]

Price changes aim to curb abuses

Baltimore-based T. Rowe Price, the nation's fourth-largest mutual fund firm, said it will impose redemption fees and change the minimum holding period on more than 20 of its mutual funds to try to curb trading abuses that hurt everyday investors. [Page 1d]

SPORTS

Role of healed Hairston uncertain

His broken right ring finger now healed, second baseman Jerry Hairston will resume game activity Thursday at extended spring training in Sarasota, Fla., and hopes to return to the active roster within 10 days. Whether he would take Brian Roberts' place in the lineup is unclear. [Page 1e]

Boxing on the ropes, in doldrums

Vitali Klitschko is heavyweight boxing's newest world champion, but that's not saying much these days. "This is the most uninspiring crop of fighters I've ever seen, and this is easily the worst the division has ever been," boxing historian Bert Sugar said. [Page 1e]

Singh wins Houston Open

Vijay Singh won the rain-delayed Houston Open, finishing at 11-under-par 277 for a two-stroke victory over Scott Hoch. [Page 8e]

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"There's magic to a dollar store. You go into a dollar store, and it's like a treasure hunt."

David Schlessinger of Five Below, his new variety store for teens

MARKETS

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