Sun News Digest

April 05, 2005

WORLD

Pope's body moved to basilica

With more than 100,000 faithful watching, the body Pope John Paul II was carried across St. Peter's Square into the ancient basilica where he will lie in state until his funeral Friday. [Page 1a]

Similar doctrine to pope's favored

One of the most senior U.S. members of the Vatican hierarchy said that the next pope would best serve America by continuing Pope John Paul II's strict interpretation of doctrine - even if the approach alienates some of the country's 67 million Catholics. [Page 1a]

Royal wedding delayed a day

Prince Charles' wedding to Camilla Parker Bowles that had been scheduled for Friday has been postponed a day to avoid conflicting with the funeral of Pope John Paul II. Prince Charles will represent Queen Elizabeth II at the pope's funeral. [Page 9a]

NATIONAL

Bush meets with Yushchenko

President Bush solidified his ties with Ukrainian President Viktor A. Yushchenko yesterday during a White House meeting in which the president underscored his support for democracy in the former Soviet state. [Page 3a]

Delaware River floods in 3 states

The swollen Delaware River displaced thousands of people yesterday in New York, Pennsylvania and New Jersey, shutting down the New Jersey Statehouse in Trenton. Three people were reported missing. [Page 3a]

HEALTH & SCIENCE

New avian flu vaccine is tested

About 150 adult volunteers are participating in a study funded by the National Institutes of Health of an experimental vaccine for avian flu. [Page 1a]

MARYLAND

Camille Cosby gives endowment

Camille Cosby, the wife of entertainer Bill Cosby, has announced that she will give a $2 million endowment to pay for the tuition of more than a dozen students at St. Frances Academy each year in perpetuity. [Page 1a]

Judge dismisses Clark lawsuit

Former Baltimore police Commissioner Kevin P. Clark's $120 million lawsuit against Mayor Martin O'Malley was dismissed by a Circuit Court judge. In addition to seeking millions in damages, Clark - who contended he was wrongfully terminated - was asking to return to his old job. [Page 1b]

BUSINESS

JetBlue leads airlines in study

JetBlue, the low-fare carrier that offers service from Washington Dulles International Airport, rated first in overall quality for the second consecutive year, a new study shows. Baltimore-Washington International Airport's top two airlines, Southwest and AirTran, ranked third and second, respectively. [Page 1c]

ChevronTexaco is buying Unocal

ChevronTexaco Inc. said yesterday that it will buy Unocal Corp. for $16.4 billion, in a deal industry analysts described as proof that buying oil is cheaper than discovering it. ChevronTexaco also hopes to gain access to the Asian market with the purchase. [Page 1c]

TODAY

Opening Day is a feast of senses

Opening Day at the ballpark is a feast of the senses. For many in Baltimore, spring begins when they enter Camden Yards for the first time each year and bask in the sight, sound, touch, taste and smell of baseball. [Page 1a]

`Sesame Street' to focus on eating

The focus of the 36th Sesame Street season, which starts this week, is healthful eating habits. Joining the battle against childhood obesity, the season-long theme of "Healthy Habits for Life" is clear from the season opener, which aired yesterday. [Page 1d]

BET will do some original series

BET is developing a slate of original series for the first time in the 25-year history of the cable channel, according to Hollywood Reporter online. The network once known as Black Entertainment Television is planning to introduce a new prime-time series each quarter beginning this month. [Page 2d]

OPENING DAY

Orioles shut out A's in opener

Luis Matos hit a two-run homer to lead the Orioles over the Athletics, 4-0, in the teams' opener at Camden Yards. In his Baltimore debut, Sammy Sosa singled in his first two at-bats bats and went 2-for-4. [Page 1e]

Phillies defeat Nationals, 8-4

Kenny Lofton hit a three-run homer to lead the Phillies over the Washington Nationals, 8-4, in Philadelphia in the Nationals' first regular-season game. Terrmel Sledge homered and drove in three runs for Washington. [Page 6e]

SPORTS

North Carolina, Williams win title

North Carolina defeated No. 1 Illinois, 75-70, for the NCAA basketball championship before more than 47,000 fans at Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis. It was the first national championship in five trips to the final for Tar Heels coach Roy Williams, whose other trips came as Kansas coach. [Page 1f]

Phelps wins freestyle, 200 IM

Baltimore's Michael Phelps won the 100-meter freestyle in 49 seconds and the 200-meter individual medley in 1:57.44 at the U.S. World Championship trials in Indianapolis. Katie Hoff of Abingdon finished second in the 200-meter backstroke and earned a spot on the national team. [Page 1f]

TODAY ONLINE

REMEMBERING THE POPE

Get comprehensive coverage of the death of Pope John Paul II and continuing developments in the papal transition. www.baltimoresun.com/pope

ORIOLES ONLINE

Go online for Opening Day articles on the Orioles and archived stories, photo galleries, rosters, schedules and more. www.baltimoresun.com/orioles

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"If we are looking for solutions to the failure of our schools to educate our children, we would be well served by ... replicating what St. Frances Academy is doing."

Camille Cosby, on her $2 million donation to the East Baltimore school (Article, Page 1A)

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