Sun News Digest


March 22, 2005


No Schiavo ruling immediately

A federal district court judge in Tampa said yesterday afternoon that he would not rule immediately on a request by the parents of Terri Schiavo to replace the severely brain-damaged woman's feeding tube. [Page 1a]

Student's rampage leaves 10 dead

A student went on a shooting spree yesterday, killing his grandfather and a woman, and seven people at his high school on a Minnesota Indian reservation. The gunman was later found shot to death, authorities said. It was the nation's worst school shooting since the Columbine massacre in 1999. [Page 1a]

Rehnquist returns to court

For the first time since October, ailing Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist presided at a public session of the Supreme Court. Though his voice was thin and faint at times, he took a lively part in the back-and-forth arguments over two hours yesterday. [Page 1a]


Kyrgyzstan awash in protests

Thousands of demonstrators took over government buildings, blocked roads and airports and staged demonstrations across Kyrgyzstan yesterday to protest alleged fraud in recent elections in the impoverished Central Asian nation. [Page 12a]

Rice eyes sanctions for N. Korea

Raising the stakes in a nuclear standoff with North Korea, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice suggested yesterday that the North Korean government could end up facing international sanctions. [Page 12a]

Soldiers kill 26 insurgents

U.S. soldiers, ambushed by dozens of Iraqi militants near the infamous "Triangle of Death," responded by killing 26 guerrillas in the largest single insurgent death toll since last fall's battle for Fallujah, the U.S. military said yesterday. [Page 13a]


Video required at mall lots

Many Baltimore County shopping centers will have to install video surveillance of their public parking areas under legislation unanimously approved by the County Council last night. The bill also calls for a task force to study security issues at malls. [Page 1b]

Undocumented migration grows

The nation's undocumented population has grown to 10.3 million, with 200,000 to 250,000 living in Maryland, according to a study released yesterday. The estimate nearly doubled since 2000 in Maryland, from about 120,000 that year. The report comes as President Bush is set to meet with the president of Mexico later this week to discuss Mexican immigration issues. [Page 1b]

ACLU calls school policy illegal

The American Civil Liberties Union of Maryland is calling for the Baltimore County school system to back away from punishment levied against athletes at Dulaney High School for attending a party where citations for underage drinking were issued. The ACLU says the school policy at work violates state law. [Page 1b]


Ravens keep Chester Taylor

The Ravens matched a one-year, $3 million offer sheet signed by running back Chester Taylor with the Browns, assuring he will return to the team for at least one more season. However, starting linebacker Ed Hartwell agreed to a six-year, $26.2 million contract with the Falcons. [Page 1e]

Disney sponsors Volvo yacht

The Walt Disney Co. has confirmed that it plans to sponsor a yacht in the round-the-world Volvo Ocean Race that will begin in November. The 32,700-mile race is scheduled to make its only U.S. stopovers in Baltimore and Annapolis next spring. [Page 1e]

Cavs fire Silas as coach

Paul Silas is fired as coach of the NBA Cleveland Cavaliers, who are fighting for a playoff spot after leading their division earlier this season. "You could kind of tell ... there was going to have to be a change," said Cavaliers star LeBron James. [Page 3e]


Home values surging in city

Home values in Baltimore - battered in the 1990s - are seeing a resurgence. The average sale price of a city home rose 59 percent from 1999 through last year, 18 percentage points above the national average and nearly equal to the region as a whole. The city is developing a swath of ZIP codes with at least 60 percent price appreciation, from the waterfront to North Baltimore. [Page 1a]

FTC, AmeriDebt strike deal

The Federal Trade Commission announced an agreement yesterday with AmeriDebt Inc. that seeks to recoup millions of dollars for consumers and calls for the nonprofit to close its credit counseling operation. The FTC said it would make a $170 million claim against AmeriDebt. But it's questionable how much of that money consumers will see from the Maryland nonprofit. [Page 1c]


Rwandan finds some comfort

Nathalie Piraino, a native of Rwanda who lost scores of family members to the 1994 genocide, finds comfort from Immigration Outreach Services Center, based at St. Matthew Catholic Church in Baltimore. [Page 1d]

Ban piques interest in book

Author Yan Lianke's novella, Serve the People, has proven too much for Communist Party censors in China. The Central Propaganda Ministry banned it last month. Naturally, interest in the novella has surged. Readers are downloading it from numerous Internet sites and blogs. [Page 1d]

Entertainer Bobby Short dies

Bobby Short, who entertained Manhattan's cafe society for more than half a century, died yesterday of leukemia at New York Presbyterian Hospital. He was 80 years old. [Page 1d]



Read part three of The Sun's series on area housing prices and go online to find a database of home sales information from 1999 and 2004, searchable by ZIP code.


Researchers find that a common food preservative has been shown to stop the spread of anthrax spores. Read the story and go online to find archived coverage of the anthrax scare.


"I was helping my nephew count them all until finally I said, `Stop it.'"

Nathalie Piraino, a Rwandan native who lost scores of family members to the 1994 genocide (Article, Page 1D)
















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