Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

May 26, 2004

NATIONAL

Boston archdiocese shrinking

The weight of a priest shortage, shrinking collections and the clergy sex abuse scandal combined to force Boston's archbishop to announce that this Roman Catholic archdiocese will lose 65 parishes by year's end. [Page 3a]

Mold seen as less of threat

Respiratory problems can be caused by mold, but an extensive study fails to indict the fungus for a host of other, often major illnesses that some have sought to associate with it. [Page 3a]

Terror attacks in U.S. feared

U.S. officials have obtained new intelligence deemed highly credible indicating al-Qaida or other terrorists are in the United States and preparing to launch a major attack this summer. The intelligence does not include a time, place or method of attack and officials said there was no immediate plan to raise the nation's terrorism threat level. [Page 6a]

WORLD

Islamic shrine suffers damage

The Shrine of Imam Ali, one of Islam's holiest sites, was slightly damaged in fighting in Najaf, as U.S. troops continued to clash with Iraqi insurgents. At least 13 Iraqis were killed. [Page 12a]

Blair sees possible Iraqi veto

British Prime Minister Tony Blair suggested that the Iraqi government that will assume control after June 30 would be able to veto major military actions by the U.S.-led coalition. [Page 13a]

MARYLAND

Tax loophole to be closed

Companies that set up out-of-state corporations to avoid Maryland taxes will start paying at least $45 million yearly into state coffers because of a bill that will go into effect without the signature of Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. [Page 1a]

Nine shootings overnight

A Northeast Baltimore man was shot and killed early yesterday morning, one of nine shootings that occurred overnight in the city. James I. Moore, 46, was the only person to die, police said, and became the city's 104th homicide victim this year. [Page 1b]

Records sought in Bromwell probe

Federal investigators have subpoenaed state Department of General Services records in the probe of a contracting company and its ties to former Baltimore County Sen. Thomas L. Bromwell. The company, Poole and Kent, oversaw construction of a new $46 million juvenile justice center in Baltimore. [Page 1b]

BUSINESS

Drug prices rise for elderly

Prices for 197 drugs most commonly prescribed for older Americans rose on average by 27.6 percent over the past four years - almost triple the overall rate of inflation in the period, according to a report by the AARP Public Policy Institute. [Page 1a]

NeighborCare rejects bid

A day after receiving a $1.5 billion takeover offer from Omnicare Inc., the board of Baltimore-based NeighborCare unanimously rejected it, terming it blatantly opportunistic. [Page 1c]

Latinos send it home

Latin-American immigrants in Maryland send more money home on average than Latinos working in any other state and they send it more often, a new study of immigrant spending patterns shows. About 80 percent of Maryland's 172,601 Latin American immigrants will wire money home this year, sending about $2,897 per person. [Page 1c]

TODAY

Getas, Caldwell leaving WBAL

Marilyn Getas, a morning news anchor, and weekend sports anchor Sarah Caldwell are leaving WBAL-TV, the station says. Getas is seeking a more prestigious afternoon or nightly anchor job elsewhere. Caldwell is joining Traffic Pulse, which provides traffic reports for the station. [Page 1d]

SPORTS

Yankees dominate O's, 11-3

The New York Yankees hammered Orioles pitching for 14 hits in an 11-3 rout at Camden Yards in manager Lee Mazzilli's first game against his former team. The Orioles suffered their fifth consecutive loss and fell below .500 for the first time since Easter.[Page 1e]

Lakers win, grab 2-1 lead

Shaquille O'Neal had 22 points and 17 rebounds, and Kobe Bryant scored all of his 22 points in the second half to lift the Los Angeles Lakers to a 100-89 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves. The victory gave the Lakers a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven NBA Western Conference finals. [Page 1e]

Desormeaux to enter Hall

Jockey Kent Desormeaux, a former standout in Maryland, and Skip Away, the 1998 Horse of the Year trained by longtime Marylander Sonny Hine, will be inducted into the National Museum of Racing's Hall of Fame in August. [Page 10e]

Navratilova falls at French Open

Martina Navratilova, 47, trying to become the oldest female player to win a singles match at a Grand Slam in the open era, fell short in a 6-1, 6-3 loss at the French Open. [Page 3e]

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"I don't know what to do. I've been left with nothing." Jude Joseph, whose nine relatives were missing from flooding in the Dominican Republic and Haiti that killed at least 363 people. (Article, Page A10)

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