Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

February 26, 2005

WORLD

Suicide bomber strikes in Tel Aviv

A suicide bomber blew himself up outside a Tel Aviv nightclub last night, killing at least four Israelis, wounding dozens more and shattering a fragile cease-fire. [Page 1a]

Pope remains hospitalized

Pope John Paul II remained hospitalized with a tube in his throat to help him breathe yesterday. Vatican officials said the pontiff did not have pneumonia, was breathing on his own and ate a hearty breakfast. [Page 1a]

NATIONAL

Judge orders end to Schiavo fight

A Florida judge set yesterday a March 18 date to remove Terri Schiavo's feeding tube. Her parents said they would appeal. [Page 3a]

New HIV study released

Over the past decade, as the HIV infection rate held steady among whites, it doubled among blacks in the United States, according to a new study. The report also found that nearly half of all people in the U.S. infected with the disease and are not receiving HIV drugs. [Page 3a]

MARYLAND

Slots move step closer to passage

After vigorous debate, the Maryland House of Delegates narrowly approved yesterday a measure that would allow 9,500 slot machines in the state, moving Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.'s signature initiative closer than ever to passage. [Page 1a]

Execution date set for inmate

A Baltimore County Circuit Court judge has set the stage for the execution in April of longtime Maryland death row inmate Vernon L. Evans Jr., who was convicted in 1984 of the contract murder of a federal witness and a bystander. [Page 1b]

SPORTS

Temple's Chaney suspended

The controversial and colorful career of John Chaney has turned an ugly hue, as Temple has suspended its veteran coach for the remainder of the regular season over his use of an enforcer in a heated game against an Atlantic 10 Conference rival. Chaney initially gave himself a one-game suspension for his poor judgment in a loss to Saint Joseph's, but the Temple administration added two games to that punishment. [Page 1c]

Seahawks release Rice

Jerry Rice was released by the Seattle Seahawks, perhaps signaling an end to the career of the greatest receiver in NFL history. The release was announced in a short statement from the team, which acquired Rice, 42, from the Oakland Raiders in a trade last season.

[Page 7c]

BUSINESS

White left port in good shape

A day after the head of the port of Baltimore said he would vacate his post, industry officials said James J. White left the port better than he found it - and poised to capture even more imports. But port experts warn that the progress during his six years at the helm could slip without a strong replacement. [Page 11c]

Stewart nears prison release

After five months in prison in Alderson, W.Va., Martha Stewart will be released next weekend. Stewart will be able to return to work and start drawing her $900,000 salary again, and she will be free to throw lavish house parties - so long as she doesn't invite any criminals. Stewart will also be wearing an electronic anklet that will allow authorities to monitor her movements. [Page 11c]

TODAY

Sabatino's celebrates 50 years

Fifty years ago this month, two Italian immigrants, Joseph Canzani and Sabatino Luperini, pooled their resources to open a family-style restaurant in a Little Italy rowhouse. Next week, Canzani's 60-year-old nephew, Vince Culotta, co-owner of Sabatino's Italian Restaurant, will preside over an anniversary celebration that captures the qualities that have made it a Baltimore landmark. [Page 1d]

McConaughey to visit the Senator

Actor Matthew McConaughey is expected to park his Airstream trailer in front of the Senator Theatre on Monday. He'll attend a premiere screening of his new movie Sahara, an action-adventure that is set to open in April. [Page 3d

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QUOTE OF THE DAY

"It's a brutal process down there. There's so much competition among the different factions for this revenue."

John Franzone, a member of the Maryland Racing Commission on the process for obtaining slots in Maryland (Article, Page 1A)

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