Sun News Digest


March 03, 2005


Ten Commandments arguments

As the Supreme Court heard arguments in two cases involving Ten Commandments postings on the state Capitol grounds in Texas and in county courthouses in Kentucky, the justices struggled with the divisive question of whether those displays and hundreds like them across the country amount to harmless historical items or an unconstitutional endorsement of religion. [Page 1a]

Judges call for more security

Two federal judges called for the government to provide more security to judges and their families after the killings of a colleague's husband and elderly mother, who were shot in the head in the basement of the family home. Meanwhile, a possible fingerprint and a bloody shoe print had been found at the judge's home, a source says. [Page 3a]

New heart valve danger shown

People with severely leaky heart valves that cause no symptoms - a situation thought to be relatively harmless - actually are in danger of dying and should consider surgery right away, a new study suggests. [Page 3a]


U.S. accuses Iran of deception

The United States said yesterday that Iran was "cynically" deceiving inspectors looking for nuclear weapons and accused the U.N. atomic watchdog agency of not meeting its obligation to take a tough stance against the country. [Page 13a]

Shiites, Kurds reach agreement

Shiite and Kurdish leaders reached a tentative agreement yesterday to work together to form a new government, while insurgent attacks killed 13 people. [Page 12a]


Howard Co.'s deal for school land

Faced with skyrocketing land prices and crowded schools, Howard County's Board of Education has crafted an unusual partnership with the YMCA and a Veterans of Foreign Wars post to get land for a new school in Ellicott City. '-[Page 3b]

`Stop Snitching' figure arrested

A West Baltimore man who appeared in the Stop Snitching DVD was arrested yesterday at his home, where police found raw heroin, as well as drug-packaging machinery. [Page 1b]

Fired state employee charged

A fired employee of the State Highway Administration was charged yesterday with accepting "hundreds of dollars" in gift certificates from Outback Steakhouse, Victoria's Secret, Turf Valley Day Spa and other places from a company accused of exorbitantly overcharging government agencies for basic supplies. [Page 2b]


Ravens grab receiver Mason

The Ravens agreed in principle on a five-year deal with wide receiver Derrick Mason, 31, filling a long-standing need in their passing game. Mason made a career-best 96 catches last season, compared with 121 for the Ravens' entire receiving corps. [Page 1c]

Nationals start with win

The Washington Nationals defeated the New York Mets, 5-3, in their exhibition debut before a sold-out crowd of 7,568 at Space Coast Stadium in Viera, Fla. Jose Guillen brought the Nationals from behind with a two-run homer in the fourth inning, and reserve catcher Keith Osik added a bases-empty home run in the fifth. [Page 1c]

St. Frances wins BCL title

St. Frances defeats Towson Catholic, 57-48, to win the 34th Baltimore Catholic League tournament. It was the Panthers' first BCL title since 1997. [Page 9c]


Independence suggested for port

Since the head of the port of Baltimore agreed to step down last week amid frustration with the layers of bureaucracy above him, some in the maritime community are advocating that the port become an independent state agency. [Page 1d]

Premium restrictions criticized

Health insurers covering small employers in Maryland should be allowed to adjust their premiums based on projected medical expenses of the group they're covering, the state's insurance commissioner and the chairman of the Maryland Health Care Commission said yesterday. [Page 1d]

Sosa trade costs Tribune Co.

Former Cub and current Oriole Sammy Sosa has delivered a solid hit this spring - to the first-quarter profit of Cubs owner Tribune Co., which also owns The Sun. Because of corporate-accounting requirements, Tribune is obliged to spell out the cost of pushing Sosa out the dugout door. [Page 1d]


Graduating from a sex column

Some college students who write sex columns for their school newspapers readily trade on this experience when trying to get jobs. Others find it's better to be less specific about the content of their writing on their resumes. [Page 1e]

Keeping secrets straight

With everything today demanding passwords or PINs, how's a poor guy supposed to keep them all straight? [Page 1e]

Re-emerging on jazz scene

Jazz bassist Henry Grimes, who went missing from the music scene for 30 years, resurfaces. He plays at 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. tomorrow at An Die Musik. [Page 1e]



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