Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

March 27, 2005

NATIONAL

Funerals begin for Minn. victims

The first funerals for the victims of the school shootings in Red Lake, Minn., began yesterday. Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, Sen. Norm Coleman and more than 100 police officers attended services for Daryl Lussier, 58, a tribal police officer, and his longtime companion, Michelle Sigana, 31. [Page 3a]

Schiavo family rift escalates

As legal prospects dimmed for the parents of Terri Schiavo, lawyers for her husband and parents clashed over her condition and whether the removal of the brain-damaged woman's feeding tube was causing her undue suffering. [Page 10a]

WORLD

Kyrgyz elections set for June

Kyrgyzstan's divided Parliament approved plans yesterday for a June presidential election, as the country's new authorities tried to consolidate their takeover of power. Moscow issued a statement implying that ousted Kyrgyzstan President Askar A. Akayev was in Russia. [Page 17a]

Afghanistan bomb kills four

A land mine exploded under a U.S. vehicle south of Kabul yesterday, killing four soldiers in the deadliest incident for American forces in Afghanistan in nearly 10 months. There were conflicting accounts about whether the mine was freshly laid or left over from Afghanistan's long wars. [Page 20a]

MARYLAND

Restored painting unveiled

When parishioners gather at St. Ignatius Roman Catholic Church this morning, their Easter Mass will conclude on an artistic note: the unveiling of what might be a restored masterpiece of American religious art, Constantino Brumidi's painting of St. Aloysius Gonzaga. [Page 1a]

Assembly creates 2006 reserve

The $26 billion budget Maryland lawmakers will approve this week contains $400 million more than is required for the state's rainy day account. By holding the money in reserve, Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. and the lawmakers hope they won't have to raise taxes or debate over slot machines next year, when they are up for re-election. [Page 1a]

Pioneering obstetrician dies

Dr. Georgeanna Jones, a former professor of gynecology and obstetrics at Johns Hopkins Hospital who with her husband, Dr. Howard W. Jones Jr., became an internationally known pioneer of in vitro fertilization, died yesterday in Virginia. She was 92. [Page 1a]

SPORTS

Illinois, Louisville win in OT

Top-seeded Illinois erased a 15-point deficit with four minutes left in regulation to defeat third-seeded Arizona in overtime, 90-89, to win the Chicago Regional of the NCAA tournament and advance to the Final Four. In the Albuquerque Regional final, No. 4 seed Louisville rallied from 20 points down to beat seventh-seeded West Virginia in overtime, 93-85. [Page 1e]

Terps move on to NIT semis

Nik Caner-Medley scored 20 points to lead five Maryland players in double figures, as the Terps defeated Texas Christian, 85-73, in a National Invitation Tournament quarterfinal. Maryland advances to the NIT semifinals for the first time since 1972. [Page 1e]

Ponson moved down in rotation

Unable to regroup after falling behind the other projected starters in camp, Orioles pitcher Sidney Ponson has been lowered to fourth in the rotation this season. Manager Lee Mazzilli said Ponson's recent off-field problems didn't factor into the decision to lower him. [Page 1e]

Hopkins thwarts Virginia

Kevin Huntley took over the game in the fourth quarter, scoring three goals to lift top-ranked Johns Hopkins over No. 2 Virginia, 9-7, in a men's lacrosse game at Homewood Field. [Page 1e]

ARTS & SOCIETY

Talk to the hand

Mum Puppettheatre's production of SM-iance, about a girl who tries to contact the dead, is the latest evidence that the ancient art form of puppetry is enjoying a renaissance. In this incarnation, it's returning to its original purpose - to entertain and enlighten adults. [Page 6f]

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"We oversimplify not just issues, but people. We put them in boxes and we call them fundamentalist Christians, and that means they are automatons who respond like Pavlov's dog, and it's not true. It's not true for liberals; it's not true for conservatives."

Larry J. Sabato, political science professor, on the Terri Schiavo case (Article, Page 1A)

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