Sun News Digest


April 09, 2005


Falsified records alleged

Medicare's chief medical officer has been charged with falsifying records and put on indefinite administrative leave, officials said yesterday. Dr. Sean Tunis, who also works part-time in the emergency department at Mercy Medical Center, is accused of altering documents meant to prove that he had completed mandatory continuing education. [Page 3a]

EPA official cancels test

Stephen L. Johnson, acting administrator of the EPA, said yesterday that he was canceling a test of the effects of pesticides on children - one day after two Democratic senators said they would block his confirmation in his job if the test proceeded. [Page 3a]


Paying respects to the pope

Hundreds of thousands gathered in St. Peter's Square and millions more around the globe watched on television as the world paid its final respects to Pope John Paul II yesterday. [Page 1a]

Piazza an open-air church

Many of those who couldn't get close to St. Peter's Basilica gathered nearly a half-mile away from the at Piazza Pia to honor Pope John Paul II. The faithful staked out their territory early and watched the funeral Mass on a large video screen. [Page 1a]


New trial for Blackwell

A Baltimore Circuit Court judge granted a new trial yesterday to Maurice Blackwell, the former West Baltimore Catholic priest convicted of molesting a one-time choirboy. The judge ruled that improper testimony from police investigators about other alleged victims was heard by the jury during Blackwell's February trial. [Page 1a]

Suspect in spree held without bail

The man arrested in a two-state shooting spree that killed two and injured four was ordered held without bail yesterday after he threatened during a Wicomico County court hearing to harm his lawyer, the judge and security officials. [Page 1b]

Liquor board allegations

Baltimore's chief liquor inspector accused four members of the city's Board of Liquor License Commissioners of engaging in political collusion and corruption to protect some bar owners on The Block from sanctions. [Page 1b]

UB to admit underclassmen

The University of Baltimore will begin admitting freshmen and sophomores next fall, state university system regents decided yesterday - a shift in mission for the traditionally upper-level downtown campus that will make more use of its classrooms to handle growing numbers of college-seeking students in Maryland. [Page 1b]


Hopkins tops Duke in 2 OT

Freshman attackman Kevin Huntley scored from the right of the crease with 1:05 remaining in the second four-minute overtime period to lift the top-ranked Johns Hopkins men's lacrosse team past No. 2 Duke, 11-10. After edging the Blue Devils, the Blue Jays (8-0) are the only unbeaten team remaining in NCAA Division I, and they set a school record with their 32nd straight win at home. [Page 1c]

Orioles pound Yankees

Brian Roberts had four RBIs and three hits, including a two-run homer and a triple, as the Orioles pounded out 18 hits in a 12-5 victory over the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium. Miguel Tejada and Luis Matos each had three hits and two RBIs. [Page 1c]

Weather again strikes Masters

The threat of dangerous weather canceled nearly all of the second round of the 69th Masters in Augusta, Ga. Play was suspended at 12:40 p.m. and called for the day at 4 p.m. It followed a 5 1/2 -hour delay in Thursday's opening round. [Page 1c]


Balancing the Vatican budget

Pope John Paul II's successor won't just face falling church attendance and an aging priesthood: He also has to find new revenue to balance the Vatican's budget. After making a profit for eight years, the central administration for the church ran deficits in the three years through 2003. [Page 2c]

Miller in Qwest's corner

Legg Mason's William H. Miller III, a vocal opponent of the proposed merger between phone companies MCI Inc. and Verizon Communications Inc., may put his firm's money into the fight. The money manager, who backs Qwest Communications International in a bidding war for MCI, indicated he would consider funneling money into Qwest to bolster its bid. [Page 12c]

Deal heats up Internet arena

With the nation's two largest cable-TV operators reportedly poised to make a $17.6 billion purchase of rival Adelphia Communications, the race to bring high-speed Internet service into American homes appears likely to grow even more fevered. [Page 12c]


Artist Koons returns to MICA

Raised in York, Pa., Jeff Koons spent three years at Maryland Institute College of Art. On Monday, Koons - one of the contemporary art world's bad boys - will speak Monday when he visits his old stamping grounds. [Page 1d]

Chatting about the weather

Weather buffs can tune in when Tony Pann, formerly of WBAL TV, and Justin Berk, of WMAR TV, exchange banter and talk about - what else? - the weather on their new radio call-in show, Weather Talk. [Page 1d]


"Today we bury his remains in the earth as a seed of immortality. Our hears are full of sadness, yet at the same time of joyful hope and profound gratitude."

Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, during his homily for John Paul II (Article, Page 1A)














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