Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

April 03, 2005

World

Pope John Paul II dies at 84

Pope John Paul II, who led the Roman Catholic Church for 26 years and helped topple communism in Europe while becoming the most-traveled pope in history, died Saturday in his Vatican apartment, ending a long public struggle against debilitating illness. He was 84. [Page 1a]

Insurgents attack Abu Ghraib

Insurgents fired rocket-propelled grenades and set off two car bombs yesterday at Abu Ghraib prison in Baghdad, injuring 20 U.S. forces and 12 prisoners. The attack shattered hopes the insurgency might be weakening. [Page 25a]

NATIONAL

Social Security overhaul falters

Lawmakers returning to Congress from their spring break say President Bush's push for Social Security changes that would allow personal retirement accounts has lost steam, and congressional leaders now talk openly about postponing action on Social Security until next year or dropping private investment accounts. [Page 3a]

Private loss, shared worldwide

When she died last week, Terri Schiavo had become the central figure in a national debate on the right to die and on who gets to decide. How did the intensely personal tragedy of a brain-damaged woman become a worldwide news story? [Page 5a]

MARYLAND

Donors evade campaign limits

Contributors are using multiple companies to sidestep the state's campaign finance law and give far more than the cap on individual or company donors. Developer Edward A. St. John, for example, has orchestrated $160,000 in contributions from more than 50 related companies operating out of his office. [Page 1b]

Bill expands ban on ads

Those fliers and advertisements that businesses stick on people's homes and often end up littering streets could be curbed. Baltimore Councilman James B. Kraft's bill aims to prevent businesses from putting advertisements on residences without the owner's permission. [Page 1b]

SPORTS

Illinois, North Carolina in final

Sean May scored 22 points -- all but four after halftime -- and Jawad Williams added 20 as North Carolina defeated Michigan State, 87-71, in the NCAA men's basketball Final Four. The Tar Heels will meet Illinois, a 72-57 winner over Louisville in the other semifinal, in tomorrow night's championship game. [Page 1e]

BUSINESS

That new-car smell isn't enough?

Car dealers made record sales in recent years by luring customers with tantalizing incentives. But dealers have pulled back on those offers, and sales were down in the first three months of the year. Analysts say buyers are holding out for the next big discount. [Page 1d]

ARTS & SOCIETY

Game called for D.C.'s last lineup

Thirty-four years ago, a major league baseball team took the field in Washington, D.C., for the final time -- until today. For that last lineup of Washington Senators, it was an unforgettable day that has stayed with them through the ups and downs of more than three decades. [Page 6f]

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"He gave the Catholic faith a face, and it was a face and a heart that people responded to."

Ann Moody of Washington, on Pope John Paul II (Article, Page 12A)

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