Sun News Digest


March 28, 2005


Bush attends Fort Hood service

President Bush attended an Easter service yesterday at Fort Hood, where he offered prayers for peace and the well-being of American soldiers and their families. For a third straight year, the president marked Christianity's holiest day at the largest active-duty armored post in the military. [Page 3a]

Black, Asian women earn more

Black and Asian women with bachelor's degrees earn slightly more than similarly educated white women, and white men with four-year degrees make more than anyone else with the same education, according to data being released today by the Census Bureau. [Page 3a]


Pope appears, can't speak

In a dramatic illustration of his decline, a grimacing Pope John Paul II appeared before thousands of Easter pilgrims yesterday and struggled to speak but ultimately failed. [Page 1a]

Kyrgyz leaders at risk of split

Former opposition leaders who took over Kyrgyzstan last week after protests ousted President Askar A. Akayev were at risk yesterday of splitting into rival camps. The political contest pitted an outgoing Parliament against a new Parliament chosen in disputed elections that sparked the country's political crisis. [Page 7a]

Protesting Iraqi guards shot

Gunmen inside Iraq's Science and Technology Ministry headquarters opened fire yesterday on an angry crowd of off-duty security guards, killing one and wounding three others who were protesting wage reductions, police and witnesses said. [Page 7a]


Fatal drug overdoses dropping

Baltimore health officials will announce today that fatal drug overdoses in the city reached their lowest level in five years in 2004. The city's health commissioner and some substance abuse specialists attribute the decline to two factors: an expansion in drug treatment and the distribution of an anti-overdose medication to administer in emergencies. [Page 1a]

Family to lobby to rename BWI

Lawmakers and African-American political leaders plan to step up the pressure today to press the state Senate to support renaming Baltimore-Washington International Airport for former Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall. The civil rights pioneer's widow and son plan to speak in Annapolis this afternoon. [Page 1b]

Frederick County to fight slots

Frederick County is drawing up a local law to keep out slot machines. Even though legislation remains stuck in the General Assembly over whether to expand legalized gambling, local Frederick officials are worried and drawing up zoning regulations to prohibit video lottery terminals. [Page 1b]


N.C. headed to Final Four

Sean May led North Carolina with 29 points and 12 rebounds in the Tar Heels' 88-82 victory over Wisconsin in the final of the Syracuse Regional of the NCAA tournament. The Tar Heels advanced to their record 16th Final Four. [Page 1d]

Michigan State outlasts Kentucky

Michigan State pulled away in the second overtime of the Austin Regional final, overcoming Kentucky, 94-88, and advancing to the Final Four. It was the first time in tournament history that three regional finals had gone to overtime. [Page 1d]

Sorenstam wins fifth in row

Annika Sorenstam won the Nabisco Championship in Rancho Mirage, Calif., by eight shots. It was Sorenstam's fifth victory in a row over two seasons, tying a record set by Nancy Lopez in 1978. It was also her eighth major championship win. [Page 1d]


Torture on `24' stirs debate

This season of 24 has shown brutal torture and interrogation techniques. The Fox TV drama is entering into a national debate over how far the government should go to extract information from suspected terrorists. Some observers praise the show for contributing to public education on the subject, while others say it's unrealistic. [Page 1c]

Blake career faces obstacles

Robert Blake, best known as the Emmy-winning 1970s detective Baretta, would like to get back to work. The question is: Does Hollywood have a job for a man who, some believe, got away with murder? Industry insiders say it won't be easy - in part simply because Blake is at an age when acting jobs are scarceanyway. [Page 1c]

`Guess Who' comes to reign

The Bernie Mac and Ashton Kutcher comedy Guess Who, an update to the 1967 Guess Who's Coming to Dinner, debuted at No. 1 this weekend with $21 million, according to studio estimates yesterday. [Page 3c]


"As an alternative to outright prohibition of slot machine parlors, I would be amenable to allowing them in `Slot Machine' floating zones ... within a one (1) mile radius of the residences of our delegation members who vote for slots."

John L. "Lennie" Thompson Jr., president of the Frederick County commissioners, directing staff to draft zoning rules (Article, Page 1B)



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