Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

February 16, 2005

MARYLAND

Angelos family out of track dealThe family of Orioles owner Peter G. Angelos pulled out of a deal to buy the Rosecroft Raceway, a surprise move that track officials cast as a vote of no-confidence in the prospects for legislation allowing slot-machine gambling at racetracks. [Page 1a]

Prison stabbings lead to lockdown

Four stabbings in four days this month and a fatal stabbing in January have led correctional officials to order a lockdown at the Maryland House of Corrections Annex in Jessup. Warden James V. Peguese said the lockdown, ordered Feb. 7, restricts the 1,210 inmates to their cells, denies recreation and work privileges and bans visitors. [Page 1a]

Abuse-case judge criticizes police

The judge in the sexual child abuse case of defrocked priest Maurice Blackwell said he is struggling to maintain a fair trial and chastised two detectives who have made references in court and in front of television cameras to "other victims." [Page 1a]

NATIONAL

FDA oversight board created

The Bush administration announced the creation of a Food and Drug Administration oversight board to monitor drugs once they're on the market and inform the public about health risks. The move comes on the eve of scientific hearings that could lead to restrictions on a whole class of popular arthritis drugs. [Page 1a]

Boy guilty of killing grandparents

A 15-year-old boy who claimed the antidepressant Zoloft drove him to kill his grandparents and burn down their house was found guilty in Charleston, S.C., of murder and sentenced to 30 years in prison. [Page 3a]

WORLD

U.S. recalls ambassador to Syria

The United States recalled its ambassador to Syria for consultation, as anger built in Lebanon against Syria over the car-bombing assassination Monday of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri. Syria's ambassador to the United States denied that his country was involved in the killing. [Page 1a]

Top contender for Iraqi post

A moderate Shiite physician emerged yesterday as the top contender for the job as Iraq's prime minister after his main rival dropped out. [Page 11a]

SUN JOURNAL

Russians voice grievances

In a normally politically passive country, Russians have taken to the streets by the thousands to voice grievances against the government. [Page 4a]

SPORTS

ACC football adds replay reviews

The Atlantic Coast Conference will use instant replay to review and potentially overturn on-field officials' calls in the 2005 football season, experimenting with a system based on the one the Big Ten debuted last season. [Page 1c]

NHL rejects players' counteroffer

The NHL made a take-it-or-leave-it pitch of a $42.5 million cap to the players association last night, just hours before hockey was set to be canceled. But the union responded with a counteroffer of a $49 million salary cap that was rejected by the league. [Page 8c]

BUSINESS

MCI shareholders look to fight

MCI Inc.'s agreement to be bought by Verizon Communications Inc. for $6.75 billion faces opposition from MCI shareholders who own 11 percent of the telephone company and say the offer undervalues their holdings. [Page 1d]

British Airways ramps up luxury

As many in the airline industry are cutting back on food and other general luxuries, British Airways is adding fully reclining business-class seats for those who will pay thousands more for hours of sleep without a sore neck. The airline is adding the feature in flights from Baltimore-Washington International Airport to London. [Page 1d]

Circuit City gets buyout offer

Circuit City Stores Inc., which has lost market share to Best Buy Co. Inc. and continues to report disappointing sales, has received an unsolicited buyout offer from a Boston investment firm known for rattling management at ailing companies. The retailer said Highfields Capital Management has made an all-cash bid of $3.25 billion. [Page 1d]

TODAY

Grandson works for Pollard honor

For 15 years, Fritz Pollard III has worked to put his grandfather's name back into the spotlight, calling media outlets to pitch stories only to have many respond, "Fritz Pollard? What did he do?" But the persistence paid off. Pollard Sr. has been elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. [Page 1e]

Thunder Dome sold, to be renamed

Thunder Dome, on South Hanover Street, was sold to Vu Tan Huynh, 34, of Rockville, who plans to reopen the venue as Club Mate, say documents filed with the state Liquor Commission. Thunder Dome, to close at month's end, opened in 2001 and brought in national heavy-metal acts. [Page 1e]

BSO backs off plan to sell hall

The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra is backing off a proposal to eliminate a growing debt by selling its concert hall, after learning the plan would violate Internal Revenue Service regulations on tax-exempt financing. [Page 1e]

TASTE

Slow cookers go gourmet route

After regaining popularity, slow cookers are being put to gourmet use, with more challenging and tastier recipes to appeal to a broader market. [Page 1f]

TODAY ONLINE

PROSECUTION RESTS

Testimony concluded yesterday in city Circuit Court and closing arguments are expected today in the child molestation trial of former priest Maurice Blackwell. Get archived coverage of the trial and the events leading up to it. www.baltimoresun.com/blackwell

LACROSSE Q&A

Ask area men's college lacrosse coaches your questions about the new season. www.baltimoresun.com/lacrosse

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"I have tried, and I have failed. That concerns me deeply."

Judge Stuart R. Berger of his efforts to keep jurors from hearing references to other victims in the sexual child abuse case of Maurice Blackwell (Article, Page 1A)

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