Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

April 10, 2005

NATIONAL

Access to bank records sought

The White House is working on a plan to give government access to millions of international banking records in an attempt to thwart terrorist financing. The plan is likely to intensify pressure on financial institutions beset by new antiterrorism rules. [Page 3a]

Plans call for new warheads

Saying the nation's nuclear weapons stockpile is ill-suited to meet current threats, the Bush administration is pushing for new efforts to develop lower-yield nuclear weapons. Opponents worry that such weapons could invite a new arms race. [Page 16a]

WORLD

Charles and Camilla marry

After enduring years of criticism, Britain's Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles were married yesterday in a modest Guildhall ceremony. The newlyweds attended a two-hour reception at Windsor Castle, then lit out for Scotland. [Page 1a]

Vatican sets `period of silence'

The Vatican imposed an information blackout yesterday as the cardinals who will choose the next pope prepare to enter their conclave and begin deliberations. This "intense period of silence and prayer" will help squelch speculation about the cardinals' preferences. [Page 8a]

MARYLAND

Lawmakers adopt health bill

Maryland's General Assembly gave final approval yesterday to a bill requiring large companies, principally Wal-Mart, to spend a required portion of their payroll on health care costs or pay a tax to the state. The Assembly also passed a $26 billion spending plan for the fiscal year that begins July 1. [Page 1b]

Bases responsible for pollution

Three military bases in Maryland have together spilled nearly 20 million gallons of sewage into tributaries of the Chesapeake Bay over the past decade, raising more questions about the military's refusal to pay the state's flush tax, aimed at cleaning up the bay. [Page 1b]

Derelict building finds an owner

A once-grand building, whose deteriorating facade prompted skepticism about west-side redevelopment efforts, is finally poised for restoration. PMC Property Group has purchased the Abell Building and plans to put shops on the first level of the five-story building and 35 to 40 apartments or condominiums upstairs. [Page 1b]

SPORTS

Yankees rally past Orioles

Batting in the seventh inning, the New York Yankees used a game-tying, bloop double by Hideki Matsui and a three-run homer by Ruben Sierra to rally past the Orioles, 8-5. The Orioles had scored five runs off ace Randy Johnson to take a 5-3 lead into the seventh. [Page 1e]

DiMarco leads at Masters

Chris DiMarco played 26 holes at the Masters without a bogey, building a four-shot lead after the rain-delayed second round, then pressed ahead with to keep his distance from hard-charging Tiger Woods. [Page 1e]

Buzzards Bay wins Santa Anita

Buzzards Bay scored a stunning upset in the $750,000 Santa Anita Derby, giving trainer Jeff Mullins his record third consecutive victory in the West Coast's major prep for the Kentucky Derby. Buzzards Bay, a 30-1 shot, ran near the lead in the 11-horse field before going to the front at the top of the stretch and winning by a half-length. [Page 1e]

BUSINESS

Mutual funds falter in 1st quarter

It was a lackluster first quarter for mutual funds as stock and bond funds fell 1.5 percent. Among Maryland mutual funds, 39 out of 290 had positive returns. Many of the funds that made money were invested in overseas stocks and in emerging markets rich in crude oil. [Page 1d]

ARTS & SOCIETY

The unmaking of a beauty queen

The only woman from Maryland ever to be crowned Miss USA, Leona Gage held the title for just one day in 1957. Then her past caught up with her, and a troubled future began unfolding. [Page 1f]

TRAVEL

Cruise passengers throng north

Juneau, Alaska, is home to just 31,000 people, but it expects about 900,000 cruise-ship passengers to visit this year. Alaskans whose livelihoods depend on tourism love the crowds. But critics are calling for tougher regulations and a bigger cut for the state. [Page 1r]

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"In this case, condoms are used to stop the transmission of death. This is a pro-life stance."

Kevin Dowling, a Catholic bishop in South Africa who advocates condoms to slow the spread of AIDS (Article, Page 8A)

TODAY ONLINE

REGULATING GROUP HOMES

Read Part I of our report on the state's regulation of group homes for children and go online for expanded coverage, including related documents and multimedia. www.baltimoresun.com/grouphomes

GAINING PERSPECTIVE

Read the online version of our weekly commentary section. www.baltimoresun.com/perspective

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