Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

April 15, 2005

NATIONAL

Ephedra ban struck down

A federal judge yesterday struck down the FDA ban on supplements containing ephedra, the weight-loss aid that was yanked from the market after it was linked to dozens of deaths. The ruling said the FDA went too far in banning all products containing the supplement. [Page 3a]

10,000 fugitives rounded up

More than 10,000 fugitives wanted for murder, rape, child abuse and other crimes were taken into custody in the largest coordinated crackdown by federal, state and local law enforcement officials in history. [Page 3a]

WORLD

4 indicted in oil-for-food case

A Texas businessman and three other people have been indicted in an oil-for-food case that alleges the defendants paid millions of dollars in secret kickbacks to Saddam Hussein's government. [Page 1a]

Suicide bombers kill 18 in Iraq

Suicide car bombers targeting Iraq's Interior Ministry missed most of their target but killed at least 18 people in attacks minutes apart. [Page 11a]

MARYLAND

Suburbia's spread continues

Suburbia continued to spread out from Maryland's cities last year, with mostly rural Cecil and Calvert sharing top billing as the state's fastest-growing counties, according to Census Bureau estimates. [Page 1b]

Flood insurance policies probed

Members of Congress grilled federal officials yesterday about claims of "rip-offs" and "fraud" in the federal flood insurance program. Central to the panel's debate was whether the National Flood Insurance Program should pay flood victims the full amount needed to rebuild their homes. [Page 1b]

Balto. Co. budget offers raises

Baltimore County Executive James T. Smith Jr. unveiled a $1.45 billion budget proposal that provides raises for county employees, money to eliminate a tuition increase at the Community College of Baltimore County and more than $37 million to help finish renovation of the county's middle schools. [Page 1b.)

Teens' traffic arrest criticized

Two 18-year-old women pulled over by police for allegedly speeding spent this past weekend in a city jail because they disobeyed a Baltimore officer's orders to stay in their car. Lawyers representing the Baltimore County teens called the arrests absurd. [Page 3b]

SPORTS

Nationals win home opener

Baseball returned to Washington after 34 years, with 45,596 fans packing RFK Stadium to see the Nationals win their home opener, 5-3, over the Arizona Diamondbacks. Vinny Castilla had three hits and four RBIs for Washington, and right-hander Livan Hernandez got the victory. [Page 1f]

Ponson, O's fall to Rays

The Orioles came up short in their series finale with the Devil Rays, losing 12-7 after a terrible outing by Sidney Ponson. The right-hander gave up seven hits in three innings and was charged with nine runs, raising his ERA to 13.50. [Page 1f]

Wake's Paul to turn pro

All-America point guard Chris Paul announced he will give up his final two years of eligibility at Wake Forest and enter the NBA draft. Paul said he plans to sign with an agent soon, which would make his departure final. [Page 2f]

BUSINESS

House OKs bankruptcy changes

Tens of thousands of people who want to wipe out their debt in bankruptcy court would have to work out repayment plans instead under legislation Congress approved yesterday. A 302-126 vote by the House sent the legislation to President Bush, who is eager to sign it. [Page 1d]

Safeway promotes new image

California-based Safeway Inc., the second-largest grocer in the Baltimore area, is spending $100 million on a campaign to change its logo, adopt a new slogan, roll out a line of commercials, change the format of stores and redefine its identity. [Page 1d]

Congress to look at ID theft

Responding to outrage from consumers whose personal information has been stolen from companies, Congress is primed to pass new laws to try to prevent break-ins and to require businesses to confess to customers when private information is taken. [Page 1d]

HEALTH & SCIENCE

Adult day care growing

Adult day care centers offer a measure of independence to senior citizens as well as their caregivers. And as the baby boom generation continues to age, adult day care is becoming an increasingly popular option. [Page 1e]

Eggs shed light on dinosaurs

Scientists have reported identifying a pair of 7-inch dinosaur eggs still tucked inside the fossilized pelvis of an oviraptorosaurian dinosaur discovered in China. The find is shedding fresh light on dinosaur reproduction and on links among species. [Page 1e]

Merging yoga and Judaism

Myriam Klotz has created an art form that merges yoga and Judaism into what she calls Torat haGuf, or "Torah of the body." [Page 4e]

TODAY

`Amityville' is a real horror

The really scary thing about The Amityville Horror is that it's back. The latest remake puts a few scares onscreen, but all are strictly of the let's-see-how-often-we-can-goose-the-audience variety, says Sun film critic Chris Kaltenbach. [Page 1c]

Yankees fans show true stripes

So many cheering Yankee fans will swarm on Oriole Park this weekend for a three-game series that O's fans will want to scream, "Go home!" [Page 1c]

HEALTH & SCIENCE

Find all the stories from our weekly Health & Science section, plus in-depth coverage and archived stories at www.baltimoresun.com/healthscience

FANTASY BASEBALL

Dave Alexander weighs in on the busts and bargains in his weekly fantasy baseball column at www.baltimoresun.com/fantasyball

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"When I read my insurance policy, I assume replacement means replacement, and we have to clarify that, because this is terrible."

Robert W. Ney, chairman of a House panel investigating federal flood insurance and its policy of not providing full replacement value (Article, Page 1B)

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