Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

March 11, 2005

NATIONAL

History of rants noted in suicide

A man who killed himself after being pulled over by police in a Milwaukee suburb Wednesday night had a decade-long history of ranting against members of the judiciary, including U.S. District Judge Joan H. Lefkow, whose husband and mother were slain in Chicago last week. [Page 1a]

Senate passes bankruptcy bill

The U.S. Senate passed legislation yesterday making it easier for banks, retailers, credit card companies and other creditors to recoup some money they're owed by many of the 1.5 million people who file for bankruptcy every year. Eighteen Democrats and the Senate's lone independent joined Republicans in approving the bill on a 74-25 vote. It goes to the House next month. [Page 1a]

WORLD

Suicide bomber kills 47 in Mosul

A suicide bomber killed at least 47 people and wounded more than 100 at a Shiite funeral in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul yesterday. [Page 1a ]

Lebanon leader reinstated

As expected yesterday, Lebanon's president reinstated his country's pro-Damascus prime minister, who had been forced to resign just days ago amid anti-Syrian protests. [Page 13a]

MARYLAND

Witness intimidation charges

A 51-year-old man was charged yesterday with witness intimidation, assault and other conspiracy-related crimes for allegedly hiring two men to try to beat up another man who had been set to testify in an assault case. Prosecutors said Joseph John DiAngelo Jr.'s alleged scheme broke down, in part because the intended victim fought back. One of the two intruders was killed during the fight in the Southwest Baltimore home. [Page 1a]

Schools meeting on aid canceled

Mayor Martin O'Malley's latest proposal to aid city schools hit a snag yesterday when the school board abruptly canceled a meeting without taking a vote. O'Malley offered $3 million to spruce up school buildings and a city takeover of maintenance responsibilities for all school facilities. [Page 1b]

Deal near on police retirements

The city and its police union have neared a deal that relieves some police concerns about the department's plans to force some injured and ill officers to retire. The agreement still needs the approval of acting police Commissioner Leonard D. Hamm. [Page 1b]

TODAY

Pajamas in the courtroom

Pop star defendant Michael Jackson's choice of attire raised eyebrows yesterday at his trial in California on child-molestation charges. Local judges say they've witnesses a lot of odd things in their courtrooms but never pajamas. [Page 1c]

Rather's last newscast is No. 1

Dan Rather's CBS Evening News sign off Wednesday night was No. 1 in the ratings, according to Nielsen Media Research. Roughly 8 million households watched Rather's final newscast, Nielsen reported. [Page 2c]

New `Phantom' score at MICA

The Alloy Orchestra has written a new score for the peerlessly creepy 1925 Lon Chaney silent-film version of The Phantom of the Opera, a new print of which premieres tonight at the Maryland Institute College of Art. [Page 5c]

BUSINESS

Region's housing boom extends

The region's home sale market rose to a fever pitch last month during what is normally the slow season, stretching out a sustained boom that has economists and real estate agents shaking their heads. [Page 1d]

M&T official returning to Dublin

Eugene J. Sheehy, who was sent to Baltimore three years ago by Allied Irish Banks PLC to help its Allfirst Financial Inc. subsidiary recover from a massive currency trading scandal, is being called home to Dublin to lead the parent bank. Sheehy, 50, is chairman and chief executive officer of the Mid-Atlantic division of M&T Bank Corp. [Page 1d]

SPORTS

Terps ousted in first round

The Maryland men's basketball team lost to Clemson, 84-72, in the first round of the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament in Washington. It was the third loss to the Tigers this season by the Terps, who fell to 16-12 and are in danger of missing the NCAA tournament for the first time in 12 years. [Page 1f]

House panels confront baseball

The fight between Congress and baseball escalated when a House committee defended its right to subpoena players, and another panel criticized the sport's steroid testing. Baseball has accused Congress of overstepping its authority by seeking to confront players with questions about steroid use. [Page 1f]

Ponson cleared to pitch

Orioles right-hander Sidney Ponson obtained a work visa that will allow him to start tomorrow's exhibition game against the Los Angeles Dodgers. He had been scratched from his first scheduled appearance Monday because of visa problems associated with his court case in Aruba. [Page 4f]

TODAY ONLINE

THOMPSON LAID TO REST

The Orioles' and Colts' Hall of Fame broadcaster Chuck Thompson was laid to rest yesterday. Go online to share your memories of Thompson, read archived articles and look at a photo gallery. www.baltimoresun.com/chuckthompson

TOURNIQUET Q & A

Submit questions to Sun national correspondent Robert Little on the issue of why some soldiers in Iraq don't carry tourniquets. www.baltimoresun.com/tourniquet

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"Bottom line is that they chose to resolve the conflict in a different way. I feel like it's a sincere effort and courageous."

Author Afeni Shakur, mother of rapper Tupac Shakur, on the declaration of peace between rappers 50 Cent and the Game. (Article, Page 1C)

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