Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

April 13, 2005

NATIONAL

Terror suspects indicted

Three men have been indicted on charges they plotted to attack financial institutions in New York, New Jersey and Washington. The U.S. indictments add to charges already filed against the suspects in London, where the alleged plot was disclosed last year. [Page 1a]

Silicone-implant ban upheld

Thirteen years after most silicone-gel breast implants were banned, federal health advisers yesterday narrowly rejected a manufacturer's request to return them to the U.S. market, citing questions about safety and durability. [Page 1a]

Bolton nears confirmation

John R. Bolton moved a step closer to confirmation as a United Nations ambassador despite scathing testimony yesterday by a former state department intelligence chief that he was a "serial abuser" of analysts who disagreed with his hard-line views. [Page 3a]

WORLD

Labs called to destroy flu samples

The World Health Organization urgently called on 5,000 labs in the United States and 17 other countries to destroy vials of a pandemic flu strain sent out for testing because of the slight risk that the samples could spark a global epidemic if mishandled. [Page 11a]

MARYLAND

Merriweather to stay open air

The owners of the Merriweather Post Pavilion announced yesterday that the facility will remain open air. The decision settles uncertainty that has swirled around the Columbia concert pavilion for two years. [Page 1b]

Warehouse fire investigated

Baltimore and federal fire investigators were trying to determine the cause yesterday of a four-alarm fire that burned a warehouse used by a foam manufacturing company in South Baltimore Monday night. The blaze was the third since January to damage buildings owned by Life-Like Products, which makes foam coolers and similar products. [Page 1b]

CSX safety measures implemented

Safety recommendations demanded by federal transportation officials after the 2001 train derailment and fire in a Baltimore tunnel have been implemented, according to Baltimore and CSX rail company officials. The city reported yesterday in a letter to the National Transportation Safety Board that it is communicating better with CSX and is more prepared for an emergency in a tunnel. [Page 1b]

TODAY

NBC to test religious waters

Several new television programs that are infused with religious themes, plots or characters are about to test the waters. The highly publicized, six-hour NBC miniseries Revelations, which debuts tonight, stars Bill Pullman as a skeptical Harvard scientist and Natasha McElhone as an outlaw Roman Catholic nun investigating what appear to be signs of the end of the world as described in the book of Revelation. [Page 1c]

Kissin at Meyerhoff tomorrow

At 33, Evgeny Kissin continues to inspire audiences. Even those who question a tempo choice or a particular phrase are apt to be blown away by his talent. The Russian-born pianist gives a recital at the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall tomorrow night. [Page 1c]

BUSINESS

Hotels planned near BWI

Two hotels will be built near Baltimore-Washington International Airport, adding 463 rooms to the vicinity's booming hotel market. A 203-room Sheraton will be built on Old Elkridge Landing Road in Linthicum, and is set to open by fall 2006. A 260-room Westin Hotel will open next door, about six months later. The airport's $1.8 billion expansion is expected to drive growth in the area's hotel industry. [Page 1d]

A raise for personal care workers

A provision in the state budget that received final approval this week will give 3,000 personal care workers who contract with the state their first pay increase in 19 years. Workers and their advocates called the 10 percent pay raise a good start but hope that more can be done. [Page 1d]

Studying credit counseling

An effort to allow for-profit companies to provide debt-management services to Marylanders failed during the last hours of the General Assembly. Now, only nonprofits can provide credit counseling and debt management in Maryland. But state regulators are expected to study whether for-profits can do the same job, and the issue may come up again next year. [Page 1d]

SPORTS

Sosa powers Orioles past Rays

Sammy Sosa hit his 575th career homer, and Larry Bigbie broke an eighth-inning tie with a RBI single, helping the Orioles beat the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, 7-6. Brian Roberts also homered, giving the Orioles' leadoff man four, matching his total for last season. [Page 1e]

Nationals rally past Braves

The Washington Nationals rallied for three runs in the ninth inning off Braves closer Dan Kolb to defeat Atlanta, 4-3. Brian Schneider's two-out, two-run double proved to be the game-winner. [Page 1e]

Franklin returns to Md. racing

Five years after barring Ron Franklin from racetracks in the state because of continued substance abuse, the Maryland Racing Commission granted him a one-year license as an exercise rider. Franklin rode Spectacular Bid to wins in the 1979 Kentucky Derby and Preakness. [Page 1e]

WORKING

More jobs open for graduates

The Class of 2005 is facing the best hiring season since 2001, say college career counselors and employers. College graduates can expect more job openings and slightly higher salaries this year compared with last year. [Page 1k]

GROUP HOMES: WHAT TO DO?

In part four of our special report, experts weigh in on what the state should do to overhaul the system regulating group homes. Go online for previous parts of the series, plus expanded coverage. www.baltimoresun.com/grouphomes

TASTE ONLINE

Visit the online version of our weekly food and entertaining section where you'll find all the stories in today's section, plus searchable databases of recipes and restaurants. www.baltimoresun.com/taste

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"I thought it was a great night, great for Maryland and the city."

Maryland first lady Kendel Ehrlich on having the Miss USA pageant in Baltimore (Article, Page 1C)

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