Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

April 02, 2005

NATIONAL

Berger admits smuggling secrets

Former national security adviser Samuel R. Berger pleaded guilty yesterday to sneaking classified documents out of the National Archives on two occasions in 2003 and cutting some of them up with scissors. He was to be sentenced on July 8, but under a plea arrangement in which he would serve no jail time but pay a $10,000 fine, surrender his security clearance for three years and cooperate with investigators. [Page 3a]

Autopsy performed on Schiavo

The autopsy on Terri Schiavo was completed in Florida yesterday as her husband, Michael, and her parents spent the day planning separate funerals for the 41-year-old woman, who died on Thursday, 13 days after the feeding tube that had sustained her was removed. [Page 3a]

WORLD

Prayers for the pope

Tens of thousands prayed and sang hymns in St. Peter's Square yesterday as Pope John Paul II remained near death, his kidneys failing and his breathing shallow. Millions of faithful around the world prayed for the 84-year-old pontiff. [Page 1a]

Mugabe's party claims victory

Zimbabe President Robert Mugabe's party declared victory in parliamentary elections yesterday, but opposition leaders claimed massive fraud and urged Zimbabweans to protest the outcome. [Page 11a]

MARYLAND

New allegation about guards

A new filing in a civil lawsuit against the Western Correctional Institution says officers at the prison kept medical personnel from attending to inmate Ifeanyi A. Iko as he lay motionless and apparently unconscious after a violent encounter with staff last year. Iko, 51, died in the incident, and his family is seeking $28 million in damages. p [Page 1b]

Police evaluations changed

A portion of the Baltimore Police Department's evaluation system for its officers was ended yesterday after City Council members - who feared it resembled a quota system - met with police officials. [Page 1b]

SPORTS

Chen named O's fifth starter

Bruce Chen, who allowed just five hits and no runs in 14 2/3 innings this spring, was named the Orioles' fifth starter by manager Lee Mazzilli. Mazzilli wouldn't say whether the proclamation means Rick Bauer would make the team as a reliever or be sent to Triple-A to start. [Page 4c]

Phelps, Hoff win at Worlds

Baltimore natives Michael Phelps and Katie Hoff both won their final at the World Swimming Championship Trials in Indianapolis. Phelps took the 400-meter freestyle, while Hoff set an American record in the womens' 200-meter individual medley. [Page 3c]

Wizards hold off Magic

Gilbert Arenas scored 31 points and Larry Hughes added 30 for the Washington Wizards, who withstood a furious fourth-quarter rally to beat the Orlando Magic 111-102. [Page 10c]

BUSINESS

Perdue reshaped industry

Perhaps more than other executive spokesmen of the country's culinary past - a list that includes Orville Redenbacher, Col. Harland Sanders and Dave Thomas of Wendy's - the late Frank Perdue shaped more than the public image of his products. Observers say he helped reshape the poultry industry, expanding its product range and extending the power, and premium pricing, of a brand to what had previously been thought of as just chicken. [Page 12c]

Unemployment rate down

The nation's unemployment rate dipped slightly in March, the government said yesterday, but job creation was barely more than half what many analysts had expected. Overall, the department's report showed modest improvement in the job market. That dampened worries among investors that inflationary pressures might prompt the Federal Reserve to raise interest rates more quickly in the months ahead. [Page 12c]

Ciena, Broadwing settle suit

Telecommunications companies Ciena Corp. of Linthicum and Broadwing Corp. of Columbia announced yesterday that they have settled a nearly 5-year-old patent dispute, dismissing all claims. Broadwing will pay Ciena $35 million over three years but can get credit for $33 million of that by buying Ciena equipment and services at market prices. [Page 12c]

TODAY

Backstreet Boys back

On Wednesday night, Nick, Kevin, Howie, Brian and A.J. raced onstage at D.C.'s 9:30 Club in white jackets, white hats and white sneakers. A thousand voices shrieked and a thousand digital cameras were lifted into the air. The Backstreet Boys are back. [Page 1d]

Laces from Cone Collection

A selection of laces on display at the Baltimore Museum of Art through Sept. 18 is the first exhibit dealing specifically the collection belonging to Etta and Claribel Cone, known better for their Matisses and Picassos. [Page 1d]

McFerrin at the Meyerhoff

Bobby McFerrin returns to the Meyerhoff for another collaboration with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, this one devoted largely to Mozart. The program, which repeats tonight, is part of the BSO's Symphony With a Twist series. [Page 3d]

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"Indeed, it was stated that as long as [Iko] was breathing, no one was going into the cell."

Gary C. Adler, family attorney

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