Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

April 14, 2005

NATIONAL

FDA on silicone breast implants

A day after rejecting another company's proposal, a Food and Drug Administration advisory panel recommended yesterday that silicone breast implants made by Mentor Corp. be approved with conditions for women having cosmetic surgery. [Page 1a]

Guilty plea in Olympic bombing

Striking a bargain to escape the death penalty, Eric Rudolph pleaded guilty yesterday to bombing the 1996 Atlanta Olympics and carrying out three other attacks on abortion clinics and a gay nightclub. [Page 1a]

WORLD

U.S. hostage appears on video

An American hostage appeared in a video on Al-Jazeera yesterday, sitting between masked gunmen and clutching his passport. The man was identified as Jeffrey Ake, 47, a contractor from Laporte, Ind. [Page 12a]

Afghan leader seeks U.S. security

Meeting with U.S. Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld, Afghan President Hamid Karzai announced yesterday that he wants a formal security partnership with the United States that could set up a permanent U.S. military presence in the country. [Page 14a]

MARYLAND

Ruppersberger out of Senate race

After talking with his family and supporters, Rep. C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger said yesterday that he decided he was better off staying in the House for now, and he will not pursue the seat of Sen. Paul S. Sarbanes. [Page 1b]

Guilty plea in arms smuggling try

An Iranian man pleaded guilty in Baltimore federal court yesterday to trying to buy highly sensitive American military aircraft parts and attempting to smuggle the restricted equipment back to his home country. [Page 1b]

SPORTS

Orioles top Devil Rays, 5-1

Brian Roberts kept up his torrid start with a tiebreaking RBI single, and Miguel Tejada and Sammy Sosa also had clutch hits in a four-run seventh inning that carried the Orioles to a 5-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. Left-hander Steve Kline faced one batter -- striking out Aubrey Huff to end a Tampa Bay threat in the sixth -- and got the win. [Page 1e]

Ravens' 2005 schedule announced

The Ravens, whose 2005 season schedule was announced yesterday, will play four nationally televised games, the most a team can have. The Ravens have back-to-back road games just once and will have their bye week during Week 3. [Page 1e]

Wizards clinch playoff berth

The Washington Wizards will play in the NBA postseason for the first time since the 1996-97 season after they defeated the Chicago Bulls, 93-82, and the Indiana Pacers beat the New Jersey Nets, 90-86. Washington gained an important tiebreaker for home-court advantage by beating Chicago for the second time in three meetings. [Page 1e]

BUSINESS

U.S. trade deficit hits record

Thousands of imported cars now line up near the Patapsco River on the south side of the Baltimore Harbor Tunnel, waiting to be loaded onto ships, trains or trucks. Auto imports to the public port of Baltimore nearly tripled from 1996 to 2003, to 440,000, while exports hovered around 100,000. Such trends led the Commerce Department this week to report a record $61 billion trade deficit. [Page 1a]

Reservoir Hill condos planned

In a sign that Reservoir Hill's comeback is gaining momentum, a developer plans to transform two vacant lots into about 170 market-rate condominiums with views of Druid Hill Park and estimated prices of up to $320,000. [Page 1c]

TODAY

Putting in extra innings at RFK

Tonight, when big league baseball finally returns to Washington after a 33-season absence, the curtain will also rise on heroes of a less-heralded kind: the countless engineers, electricians, architects and others who have worked frantically to get the 44-year-old stadium up to speed. [Page 1d]

Center Stage's new season

An Israeli play so controversial it has never been produced in the playwright's native land will highlight the 2005-2006 Center Stage season. [Page 1d]

GROUP HOMES: REACTION

In reaction to The Sun's series, a state legislator plans to ask for a more thorough legislative audit of the Department of Human Resources and for hearings on how to improve regulation of the state's group homes for children. Read the series at www.baltimoresun.com/grouphomes

OLLISON REVIEWS WAINWRIGHT

See a video of Sun pop music critic Rashod Ollison reviewing Martha Wainwright's self-titled debut album. www.baltimoresun.com/rashodvideos

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"It's kind of a nuisance because it's another thing to think about and I've had this smoke on my mind the whole flight since flying gives me the jitters."

Airline passenger Danny Jacobs, about a new ban on carrying lighters onto planes (Article, 3A)

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