Sun News Digest


March 29, 2005


End-of-life decisions

The efforts by lawmakers to prolong Terri Schiavo's life may have proved fruitless, but they are expected to force a broader debate in Congress and state legislatures over end-of-life issues.

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A legal setback for Jackson

In a major setback for Michael Jackson, a judge ruled yesterday that the jury can hear allegations the pop star molested or had designs on five other boys, including actor Macaulay Culkin and two youngsters who reached multimillion-dollar settlements with the singer.

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Killer appeals to high court

The U.S. Supreme Court was asked yesterday to grant a Mexican's appeal of his murder conviction in Texas because he wasn't told of his right to contact his nation's consular officers after his arrest, contrary to an international treaty.

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Quake rocks Indonesia

A powerful earthquake struck off Indonesia's west coast late yesterday, killing hundreds of people whose homes collapsed and spreading fears across the Indian Ocean that killer tsunamis would again devastate the region.

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Intelligence failures

A presidential commission studying American intelligence failures regarding illicit weapons includes a searing critique of how the CIA and other agencies never properly assessed Saddam Hussein's political maneuverings or the possibility that he no longer had weapon stockpiles.

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Making kids ready for school

Only 27 percent of Baltimore children entering kindergarten last year were considered fully school-ready, according to a report issued by a coalition of community leaders and groups that has studied school readiness. As a result, the Baltimore Leadership in Action Program is launching initiatives to better prepare the city's pre-schoolers.

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Bissett to head MARC

Phillip D. Bissett, a former Republican legislator, has landed in his third job in the Ehrlich administration -- a $92,801 position running the state's MARC train system. [Page 1b]


Funk wins Players by 1 stroke

Fred Funk, the former University of Maryland golf coach, becomes the oldest winner of The Players Championship at 48 with a one-stroke victory over Luke Donald. Funk closed with a 1-under-par 71, then had to wait until Donald missed a 20-foot birdie putt from just off the green. [Page 1e]

Orioles reassign Fasano

The Orioles reassign catcher Sal Fasano to their minor league camp in Sarasota, Fla., clearing the way for Geronimo Gil to serve as the backup catcher on Opening Day. In another move, Tim Raines Jr. is optioned to Triple-A Ottawa. [Page 4e]

N.C., Duke women ousted

Sophia Young scores 19 points and grabs 11 rebounds to lead No. 2 seed Baylor over top seed North Carolina, 72-63, in the Tempe Regional final of the NCAA women's basketball tournament. Duke was eliminated by LSU in the Chattanooga Regional final. [Page 5e]


High-speed Internet case in court

In a case being heard today, the U.S. Supreme Court will decide, in effect, how companies can compete to deliver high-speed Internet. Similar to battles between phone companies in recent years, the decision pits cable companies against Internet service providers. [Page 1a]

Where's that fish from?

By next week, new federal regulations will require country-of-origin labels on seafood sold in the United Sates. The labels will appear at larger grocery stores across the nation Monday to identify all fresh or frozen seafood that is not processed. [Page 1c]

Patient records database

CareFirst BlueCross/BlueShield yesterday launched a program to pay doctors as much as $20,000 to install electronic patient records systems, designed to reduce medical errors and allow for more precise tracking of the care patients receive. [Page 1c]


Center helps in final decisions

The Gilchrist Center, part of Hospice of Baltimore, is a place people come to make hard decisions about how to ease a loved one's journey into death. "Deciding what to do is always a struggle, even when it's already in writing," says social worker Amy LaMoure. [Page 1d]

NOAA to build in Suitland

Pritzker Prize-winner Thom Mayne is lead designer of a $61 million satellite center for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in Suitland that will collect information vital to predicting severe weather, fighting forest fires and executing rescues. The building will play a key role in relaying information from space, Mayne says. [Page 1d]

Film festival next month

Irwin Winkler and Sydney Pollack are among movie veterans who will discuss their work during the Tribeca Film Festival, beginning next month. [Page 2d]



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"[New NOAA building is] going to look like a ship in a way, a giant aircraft carrier floating over the ground."

Thom Mayne, architect (Page 1D)



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