Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

April 01, 2005

NATIONAL

Schiavo dies at 41

Thirteen days after a feeding tube was removed with a judge's permission, Terri Schiavo died yesterday at a Florida hospice at the age of 41. Left severely brain-damaged by heart failure 15 years ago, she had become the center of a national political fight and a feud between her husband and her parents over whether she should be kept alive. [Page 1a]

Pre-war intelligence `wrong'

Calling pre-war intelligence on Iraq "dead wrong" on nearly all points about Saddam Hussein's weapons programs, a presidential commission yesterday called for an overhaul of U.S. spy agencies by improving information sharing and creating a national security service within the FBI to monitor the agency's anti-terrorism efforts. [Page 1a]

Wolfowitz to head World Bank

The World Bank approved Paul Wolfowitz as its new president yesterday, affirming the Bush administration's choice to take the helm of the 184-nation bank whose mission is to fight poverty and improve the living standards in developing countries. Critics have questioned his development credentials and worry that he might try to use the bank to help America's allies and punish its enemies. [Page 5a]

WORLD

Pope's condition worsens

Pope John Paul II developed a high fever from a urinary tract infection and was being treated with antibiotics, the Vatican said yesterday. Italian media reports said the pope received the sacrament of the anointing of the sick. [Page 1a]

Suicide bomber kills five Iraqis

A suicide bomber killed five Iraqis on a pilgrimage yesterday near a shrine south of Kirkuk. In Germany, a military court convicted a U.S. Army tank commander of lesser criminal charges in the shooting death of a wounded Iraqi. [Page 12a]

MARYLAND

Deer disease topic of meeting

Maryland Department of Natural Resources officials met yesterday to discuss ways to protect the state's herd of 225,000 wild deer from chronic wasting disease, which was found in a doe in a captive herd in central New York state. The fatal disease that forced the slaughter and incineration of thousands of deer and elk had been confined to the Rocky Mountains and Midwest. [Page 1b]

Secretary defends juvenile system

Maryland's Juvenile Services secretary said yesterday that his agency is making steady progress in reforming the troubled system. However, at a news conference called to praise improvements, Secretary Kenneth C. Montague Jr. was forced to address yet another security lapse - a near escape Wednesday from the Charles H. Hickey Jr. School. [Page 1b]

TODAY

A sinful excuse of a movie

Sin City raises the question: Does every milestone comic book demand to be made into a movie? It answers it with a resounding No. Frank Miller has co-directed three of his own Sin City graphic novels with Robert Rodriguez, composed the music and plays a corrupt priest. The result is probably the most literal adaptation of a published work ever committed to celluloid. It is also the most repetitive and assaulting. [Page 1c]

Blind Boys of Alabama on tour

When Gospel music fans settle into their seats at Lisner Auditorium tomorrow night, they won't spend much time sitting on their hands. Clarence Fountain says he'll get them involved quickly. "Audiences are all alike," says Fountain, leader of the legendary gospel group the Blind Boys of Alabama, currently touring in support of their new CD, Atom Bomb. [Page 1c]

BUSINESS

Jumpstarting Greektown

In what would be the biggest single residential development in Baltimore in recent memory, banker Edwin F. Hale Sr. plans to build more than 1,000 upscale condos and townhouses in Greektown. [Page 1d]

Blaustein Building sold

The Blaustein Building, a symbol of downtown revitalization when the founder of Amoco Oil built it in the 1960s, has been sold to a commercial real estate partnership for $10 million. The transaction is seen by business experts as another sign of confidence in the efforts to revitalize the nearby west side of downtown. [Page 1d]

HEALTH & SCIENCE

A clearer picture of parenthood

Recently, Tim Brophy and his pregnant wife, Suzanne, went to Little Sprout Imaging in Towson for a sophisticated type of ultrasound. The Brophys are one of a growing number of couples taking advantage of three- and four-dimensional ultrasound technology that offers clearer pictures of the fetus than its traditional two-dimensional counterpart. [Page 1e]

SPORTS

O's to own majority of network

Under the terms of an agreement between the Orioles and Major League Baseball, Peter Angelos' club will be the majority owner of a regional sports network that will have the authority to televise all the team's games and the Washington Nationals games. [Page 1f]

NFL might be next for hearings

The NFL's steroid policies might be the subject of a congressional hearing, just as baseball's were two weeks ago. A top-ranking member of the House Committee on Government Reform believes it would be "appropriate" to convene a hearing to gauge how well the NFL is policing steroid use. [Page 1f]

Sharapova, Federer advance

Maria Sharapova beat Venus Williams, 6-4, 6-3, to reach the championship match of the Nasdaq-100 Open in Key Biscayne, Fla., for the first time. In men's play, top-ranked Roger Federer advanced to the semifinals by beating Tim Henman, 6-4, 6-2. [Page 2f]

TODAY ONLINE

TERRI SCHIAVO

For archived coverage of the Terri Schiavo story, please go to: www.baltimoresun.com/schiavo

SEARCH MOVIE LISTINGS

Get showtimes, find theaters and read archived reviews from Sun film critic Michael Sragow at: www.baltimoresun.com/movies

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"I grieve for them [Terri Schiavo's family]. I was very sorry to lose my son. It never ends as far as losing a child."

Joan Finns, whose son died in a Virginia nursing home in a case similar to Terri Schiavo's (Article, Page 1C)

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