Sun News Digest


March 09, 2005


Pro-Syria demonstrators in Beirut

Hundreds of thousands of demonstrators poured into the streets of Beirut - this time in support of Lebanon's self-proclaimed protector, Syria. [Page 1a]

Chechen rebel leader killed in raid

The leader of Chechen rebel forces was killed during a raid by the Russian military. The raid was a major achievement for Russian security forces, but analysts worried that it could lead to an escalation of violence. [Page 1a]


Bankruptcy overhaul advances

Final passage of the first major overhaul of the nation's bankruptcy laws in 27 years seemed assured after two Senate votes that cleared remaining political obstacles to a measure that the nation's credit and retail industries have sought for years. [Page 1a]

Young blacks, women avoid Army

Young blacks and women are turning away from offers to join the Army, not wanting to be sent to fight a war in Iraq that they don't believe in, say unpublicized studies for the military. [Page 3a]

Bill Clinton to have more surgery

Former President Bill Clinton will enter the hospital this week to have a buildup of fluid and scar tissue removed from his chest. He underwent heart bypass surgery six months ago. [Page 3a]


Electronic prescriptions at issue

Computer systems that allow doctors to order patients' prescriptions electronically, considered a cornerstone of the effort to reduce medication errors in hospitals, might cause mistakes, a study by the University of Pennsylvania researchers shows. [Page 1a]


$1 billion school budget proposed

The spending restrictions that Baltimore school officials imposed two years ago amid a financial crisis would be eased under a $1 billion budget proposed last night by city schools Chief Bonnie S. Copeland. [Page 1b]

Partial JFX demolition proposed

Hoping to someday coax a residential development from the parking lots and warehouses that border the Jones Falls Expressway, a developer is floating the idea of demolishing part of the elevated freeway, as two other cities have done with highways. Planners will present the proposal today at a forum. [Page 1b]

Audit faults former jails chief

A legislative audit alleged that former commissioner LaMont W. Flanagan of the Division of Pretrial Detention and Services, the state agency that runs the city's jail facilities, circumvented procurement regulations and made questionable payments to vendors in the last two years of his tenure. [Page 1b]


Jolie reserves judgment on Bolton

Angelina Jolie, a goodwill ambassador for the United Nations, said she would reserve judgment on the appointment of John Bolton as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. The actress was at the National Press Club yesterday to speak on refugee issues. [Page 1c


Actress Teresa Wright dies at 86

Movie actress Teresa Wright, who starred with Gary Cooper in The Pride of the Yankees, won an Oscar in 1942 for her role in Mrs. Miniver and defied Hollywood boss Sam Goldwyn, died Sunday at age 86, her daughter, Mary-Kelly Busch, said yesterday. [Page 6c]


Oil prices go up, gasoline follows

The price of oil is soaring again and is expected to hit record highs this summer, sending prices higher at the pump and chilling the economy. The U.S. average moved higher for the third straight week to $1.999 a gallon, up 7.1 cents, based on a survey by the Energy Department. [Page 1d]

5 years since record Nasdaq high

Today is the fifth anniversary of the Nasdaq composite index's first close above 5,000, and tomorrow marks five years since it reached its all-time closing high of 5,048.62. [Page 1d]


2 O's, others to be subpoenaed

A House committee will subpoena the Orioles' Sammy Sosa and Rafael Palmeiro and five other current and former baseball players to appear at a hearing to confront questions about steroid use. The subpoenas will be issued beginning today, say government officials familiar with the process. [Page 1a]

Ravens consider guard DeMulling

After striking quickly in free agency for receiver Derrick Mason and cornerback Samari Rolle, the Ravens could begin their pursuit for a starting right guard by the end of the week. They're believed to be targeting Rick DeMulling, an unrestricted free agent from the Indianapolis Colts. [Page 3e]


If you dislike your job, take action

More workers are dissatisfied with their jobs, no matter what age or income. Experts say there are ways to make an unsatisfying job better and telltale signs that it's time to start perusing those help-wanted ads. [Page 1k]



Got a question about taxes? Ask a local expert about preparing your tax return.


Business reporter Stacey Hirsh discusses when it's time to quit your job.


"It's like saying Renoir, van Gogh and Monet, and saying which is the best painting by one of those three. It's the greatest of one of the greats."

John Feigenbaum of David Lawrence Rare Coins, on an 1894 dime sold in Baltimore for $1.3 million (Article, Page 1C)



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