Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

March 31, 2005

NATIONAL

Age bias protection widened

Employers can be held liable for age discrimination even without proof of intentional bias, the Supreme Court rules yesterday. The 5-3 ruling offered both legal relief for workers and a sense of relief for business interests that feared a harsher outcome. [Page 1a]

Court declines Schiavo case

A federal appeals court firmly declined to intervene in the Terri Schiavo legal battle. However, one of the judges delivered a scathing attack on politicians who got involved in the case. [Page 1a]

WORLD

First lady in Afghanistan

Under tight security on a six-hour trip to Afghanistan, first lady Laura Bush praised the courage of Afghan women and promised more U.S. help for the country. [Page 10a]

Pope has feeding tube

The Vatican acknowledged yesterday that the pope was receiving nutrition through a feeding tube in his nose and said that his recovery from throat surgery had been slow. The announcement added to growing concerns over the pontiff's ability to continue his papal duties. [Page 15a ]

MARYLAND

Man sues police officer

A Baltimore man who said he can no longer walk and has limited use of his arms after being thrown into a wall while handcuffed by a city police officer has filed a $40 million lawsuit against the policeman. [Page 1b]

City of `extreme commutes'

The U.S. Census reported yesterday that Marylanders endure some of the longest commutes in the nation. The data revealed that some Baltimore residents undergo "extreme commutes" of 90 minutes or more to work. [Page 1b]

Witness intimidation bill

Saying another witness to a crime was gunned down on the streets of Baltimore this week, city State's Attorney Patricia C. Jessamy joined Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. yesterday to intensify their push for the House of Delegates to approve a witness intimidation bill this year. [Page 2b]

Fire kills 3 in White Marsh

An early-morning blaze yesterday in a quiet White Marsh neighborhood killed a single mother and her two children, ages 8 and 10. Officials said the blaze did not appear to have been a case of arson. [Page 3b]

SPORTS

O's trade Riley to Rangers

The Orioles traded pitcher Matt Riley to the Texas Rangers for Triple-A center fielder Ramon Nivar. Riley was unable to win the fifth starter's job this spring, and he was out of options with the Orioles. Nivar, 25, was on the Rangers' Opening Day roster last year but spent most of the summer at Triple-A Oklahoma. [Page 1c]

Orioles, MLB clear hurdle

The Orioles and Major League Baseball have reached a tentative agreement on the last major hurdle in the long negotiations that team owner Peter G. Angelos says will guarantee the future of the franchise in Baltimore. [Page 1a]

Field for Fla. Derby grows to 9

The field for Saturday's Florida Derby swelled to nine as trainers looked to take advantage of the absence of established talent in one of the marquee races leading to the Kentucky Derby. The $1 million race will take place Saturday at Gulfstream Park in South Florida. [Page 8c]

BUSINESS

Fuel-cost spiral felt widely

Skyrocketing fuel costs are having an effect beyond the gas pump. Prices for flights, cab rides, vacation cruises, even breakfast cereal have risen as gasoline has pushed well past the $2-a-gallon mark. Summer travel demand is expected to force prices higher. [Page 1a]

New CEO at Science Center

The Maryland Science Center today planned to announce that a former Bethlehem Steel Corp. division president at Sparrows Point will be its new chief executive officer as a growing number of cultural institutions tap new leadership from the business world to help their nonprofits survive. [Page 1a]

What's in a name?

Concerned that a name change could dim the identity of Baltimore and Maryland as places near the nation's capital, some marketing and aviation experts are uncertain about an effort in Annapolis to rename Baltimore-Washington International Airport in honor of the late Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall. [Page 1d]

TODAY

Hello, hon, hon, hon, hon ...

When bewildered Miss USA contestants met a Baltimore Hon at the Rusty Scupper the other night, it was only one of the colorful moments in a first week of pre-pageant publicity appearances. The mayor and the governor both stood up the ladies up for the dinner, billed as the official welcome for the nationally televised pageant, which will be broadcast on April 11 from the Hippodrome. [Page 1e]

One-man show

Actor Jefferson Mays gives a tour-de-force performance in the Pulitzer Prize-winning play, I Am My Own Wife, a one-man show in production at Washington's National Theatre through April 10. [Page 1e]

LIVE

Faith Evans' new CD

R&B star Faith Evans talked about her new look and new label as her fourth CD, The First Lady, is about to be released. "I'm ready to get back out there, you know. It's time," she said. [Page 20t]

TODAY ONLINE

POPE JOHN PAUL II

To see archived coverage of the Pope's visit to Baltimore in 1995, please go to: www.baltimoresun.com/pope95

ROLLER COASTER GUIDE

Throw your hands up and scream. See our listing of coasters at area parks and a photo gallery at: www.baltimoresun.com/coasters

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"I had to put him out of his misery. ... It was the honorable thing to do."

Army Capt. Rogelio "Roger" Maynulet, facing a court-martial for shooting a gravely wounded Iraqi man. (Article, Page 14A)

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