Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

April 11, 2005

NATIONAL

A new phase for Bush, Sharon

When President Bush welcomes Ariel Sharon to his Texas ranch today, he will be marking a new phase in his close, high-stakes relationship with the Israeli leader. The visit comes at a time when Bush's early backing of Sharon could be on the brink of paying dividends. [Page 1a]

Nominee faces tough questions

In the month since President Bush tapped John R. Bolton to be the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, surprise over the pick has become controversy. Bolton, who has never been shy about criticizing the United Nations, will face a tough audience when he goes before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee today. [Page 1a]

Intimidation alleged at NIH

Women at the National Institutes of Health faced sexual intimidation and repeated disregard of their concerns for the welfare of patients in AIDS experiments, according to testimony by two senior female officers and documents gathered by investigators. [Page 3a]

WORLD

Cardinals silent on new pope

The cardinals who celebrated Masses around Rome confined their remarks to tightly scripted homilies after pledging Saturday to make no more public statements betraying their thinking before selecting a new leader for the world's 1.1 billion Roman Catholics. [Page 9a]

Jewish demonstrators blocked

With a big show of force around a disputed holy site, Israeli police blocked a small rally by right-wing Jews yesterday that officials had feared might ignite a new round of bloodshed. After weeks of calm, the city was under extraordinarily tight security as 3,000 police officers set up barricades in and around Jerusalem's Old City to prevent demonstrators from entering the Temple Mount. [Page 12a]

Pleas for release in Iraq

The family of a Pakistani Embassy employee abducted in Baghdad appealed yesterday for his captors to release him, and al-Qaida's ally in Iraq claimed to have kidnapped and killed a senior police official. [Page 9a]

MARYLAND

End of the legislative session

Tonight - after a 90-day session dominated by partisan feuding between lawmakers and Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. - the Maryland General Assembly wraps up business for the year, leaving behind a legislative record that could cast a long shadow in the 2006 elections. A few major issues remain to be decided, including state support for stem cell research, the timing of party primaries and restrictions on the governor's ability to sell state lands. [Page 1a]

Plant owners' sewage proposal

Owners of a Carroll County plant want to burn more than 100 tons a day of dried, sanitized sewage from Baltimore's wastewater facilities to make cement, a proposal the company insists is safe but has raised concerns from nearby residents. Lehigh Cement Co. is proposing to use the pelletized sludge as an alternative or supplement to the coal it burns in kilns at its factory in Union Bridge. [Page 1b]

Probe into midshipman's death

The Naval Criminal Investigative Service continued to investigate yesterday the death of a 21-year-old midshipman at the Naval Academy whose body was found outside the dormitory of the Annapolis campus about 1 p.m. Saturday. Academy officials said Jay Michael Dixon, a junior physics major from Destrehan, La., was apparently killed in a fall. [Page 1b]

TODAY

Seeing a lot of Maryland

Since arriving in Columbia on March 25, 51 contestants in the Miss USA pageant have been out and about to many corners of the state between rehearsals for tonight's big event that will be telecast nationally on NBC from the Hippodrome Theatre. [Page 1c]

Hopkins visitors center planned

By mid-2007, the Johns Hopkins University expects to open a four-level visitors center that's designed to be a new front door to its Homewood campus in North Baltimore. The visitors center will rise on the south side of campus, facing Wyman Park. It will be the part of a 9-acre "south quadrangle" that Hopkins plans to create starting this year in place of the old Garland Field and south parking lots to provide additional room for classrooms and laboratories. [Page 1c]

`Sahara' first in ticket sales

Sahara, starring Penelope Cruz, Matthew McConaughey and Steven Zahn as adventurers in Africa, was No. 1 at the box office over the weekend. [Page 3c]

SPORTS

Woods wins fourth Masters

Tiger Woods captures his fourth Masters by beating Chris DiMarco with a 15-foot putt on the first sudden-death hole. Woods, who hadn't won a major tournament since the 2002 U.S. Open, had a three-stroke lead entering the fourth round but bogeyed the 17th and 18th holes. [Page 1d]

Orioles defeat Yankees, 7-2

Rodrigo Lopez pitched eight strong innings, and Brian Roberts hit his third home run of the season as the Orioles beat the Yankees, 7-2, at Yankee Stadium. The Orioles (3-3) won the series, 2-1, after going 5-14 against the Yankees last season. [Page 1d]

Player injured in game dies

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