Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

March 26, 2005

NATIONAL

Schiavo fades; protestors hope

Inside what is described as a bare hospice room with an armed police officer seated next to her bed, Terri Schiavo continued the slow process of dying yesterday. Outside, protesters were hoping for a last-ditch court victory ordering the reinsertion of the Florida woman's feeding tube. [Page 1a]

Reservist calls tactics common

An Army reservist accused of killing a detainee in Afghanistan told investigators in Texas that the blows that caused the man's death were commonly used to deal with uncooperative prisoners, and that his superiors approved of the technique. [Page 3a]

WORLD

U.S. sells fighter jets to Pakistan

Over India's objections, the United States plans to sell more than a dozen F-16 fighter jets to Pakistan. The Bush administration said it would also allow India to move ahead with its planned weapons purchases as well. [Page 1a]

Mugabe's party likely to gain

With Zimbabwe's parliamentary elections just a few days off, expectations are that President Robert G. Mugabe's party will add to its comfortable majority. For many Zimbabweans struggling to make ends meet, that means a renewed despair. [Page 1a]

MARYLAND

Harborplace to open 4 eateries

Four new restaurants will open in Harborplace, as management tries to make the Inner Harbor a dining destination. Downtown officials hope that the plan will help make Harborplace more of a regular attraction for residents of Baltimore and the local suburbs. [Page 1a]

Senate OKs partner registry

After two days of heated debate, the state Senate yesterday passed a bill to give medical-decision-making rights to all unmarried couples who sign a domestic registry. The 31-16 vote was seen as a victory for the gay and lesbian rights community. [Page 1b]

Hopkins suspect is denied bail

Donta Maurice Allen, the man accused of killing Johns Hopkins University senior Linda Trinh, was ordered held without bail yesterday, as prosecutors released details about the crime. Trinh fought for her life and "suffered," prosecutors said. [Page 1b]

SPORTS

O's grow frustrated with Ponson

After publicly backing Sidney Ponson through his off-season troubles, the Orioles expressed frustration with the pitcher after learning this week that he was arrested for driving under the influence in January. [Page 1c]

Duke falls in regional semifinals

Duke, the No. 1 seed in the Austin Regional, was beaten by fifth-seeded Michigan State, 78-68, in the regional semifinals, becoming the second top seed to be knocked out of the NCAA tournament. [Page 1c]

North Carolina State eliminated

Wisconsin defeated North Carolina State, 65-56, in the Syracuse regional semifinals, ending the 10th-seeded Wolfpack's improbable run in the NCAA tournament. [Page 1c]

BUSINESS

Prepaid rolls below estimates

Even as prepaid plans have enjoyed a resurgence at public colleges, new enrollment in Maryland's prepaid college plan has fallen well short of expectations, possibly due to price increases and concerns about the plan's long-term health. [Page 11c]

Blockbuster drops hostile offer

Blockbuster Inc. has ended its hostile tender offer for Hollywood Entertainment Corp. The move should help Movie Gallery Inc. to move forward with its offer to buy Hollywood when shareholders vote on its offer next month. [Page 11c]

TODAY

Hand dancers stage comeback

Stepping, spinning and sauntering, hand dancers take over the Sista's Place nightclub in Randallstown every Saturday night. They are part of a revival of a dance form that almost died when rock 'n' roll swept the nation. But this gracious form of dance has started coming back. [Page 1d]

`Seance' draws out magic

Mum Puppettheatre's Seance at the Theatre Project offers some magical moments to the audience. The show runs through April 3. [Page 1d]

`Anatomy' to get first exposure

ABC's Grey's Anatomy, which premieres tomorrow night (with a helpful lead-in from a new Desperate Housewives episode), is a show about surgical interns getting scrubs bloody and psyches bruised in their initial, grueling, sleepless months in the operating rooms of a Seattle hospital. [Page 1d]

TODAY ONLINE

HOPKINS SLAYING

To view archived coverage of the Linda Trinh slaying, including articles, photos and video, please go to: www.baltimoresun.com/hopkins

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QUOTE OF THE DAY

"This club stands for tradition. It's got a long history. It's just a black eye for us and we'll deal with it internally."

Lee Mazzilli, Orioles manager, on Sidney Ponson's off-the-field troubles (Article, Page 1C)

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