Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

April 17, 2005

NATIONAL

Domestic terror threat persists

A decade after the Oklahoma City bombing, researchers say that domestic terrorism still poses an urgent threat for America, even while most U.S. security efforts are focused on international threats. "There are Americans who are just as fanatical and maniacal as al-Qaida," one investigator says. [Page 1a]

FDA proceeds cautiously

Under intense scrutiny, political pressure and criticism of its drug approvals, the Food and Drug Administration appears to be adopting a more conservative approach, requiring longer-term data in evaluating the safety of drugs. [Page 3a]

WORLD

Papal conclave set to begin

Catholic cardinals will enter the Vatican's Sistine Chapel tomorrow and begin deliberations to pick a new pope -- a process filled with ritual, tradition and, above all, secrecy. The job of leading the church, Vatican insiders say, is one that few cardinals covet. [Page 1a]

Anti-Japan protesters rampage

For the third weekend in a row, anti-Japanese protesters in China rampaged through the streets of Shanghai, angry at Tokyo's bid for a permanent U.N. Security Council seat and its perceived whitewashing of World War II atrocities. Japan responded with a strong protest against China as it prepared to send its foreign minister to Beijing for emergency talks. [Page 14a]

MARYLAND

O'Malley leads Ehrlich in poll

In the aftermath of a confrontational General Assembly session, Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. gets poor marks from Maryland voters on working with legislators and protecting the environment, and has slipped behind Baltimore Mayor Martin O'Malley in a potential 2006 contest for governor, according to The Sun Poll released today. [Page 1a]

Anglers celebrate rockfish opener

Thousands of anglers from across the region took part in the striped bass season that opened at dawn yesterday, braving winds that raked the faces of fishermen and rattled boats from Kent Island to Chesapeake Beach. [Page 1a]

Towson plans hit a wall of protest

Despite early support from Baltimore County officials and an approved $7 million in public funding, a plan to include college dormitories and a large entertainment venue in a downtown Towson development project is generating opposition from community groups. [Page 1b]

BUSINESS

Wireless carriers focus on service

With more than 170 million Americans subscribing to wireless services -- some relying on them exclusively -- the issue of reliability dominates the competition among cellular companies. Technical flaws and spotty coverage -- "drops and blocks" -- can be costly. [Page 1d]

SPORTS

Roberts' homer carries O's 7-6

Brian Roberts hit a three-run homer off Tom Gordon to cap a five-run seventh inning, lifting the Orioles over the slumping New York Yankees, 7-6. Roberts, who went 2-for-4 with two walks, is batting .444 and has matched his career high of five home runs. The Orioles trailed 6-2 before sending eight batters to the plate in the seventh. [Page 1e]

Big crowd sees Navy top Army

No. 7 Navy pulled away from No. 5 and visiting Army for a 12-9 victory before 12,117 at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, the largest crowd to watch a lacrosse game between the service academies. The Midshipmen beat the Black Knights for the ninth straight time and handed them their first Patriot League loss this season. [Page 10e]

Bandini wins Blue Grass Stakes

Bandini, trained by Todd Pletcher, used a strong stretch run to take the $750,000 Blue Grass Stakes, and minutes later Pletcher's Flower Alley finished second to Afleet Alex in the $1 million Arkansas Derby. The trainer said both his horses will compete in the Kentucky Derby in three weeks. [Page 13e]

ARTS & SOCIETY

Angel with a left hook

Angel McNamara knows that opportunities don't roll in for female boxers, that fights can be scarce and paychecks meager. Of the 111 regulated professional bouts in Maryland since last year, only seven featured female boxers. McNamara is one of the few willing to take the risk. [Page 1f]

HOME & FAMILY

The shade of tints to come

Color forecasters, who advise the makers of furniture, clothing and cars, make it their business to know which tints will sell. The Color Marketing Group is holding its twice-yearly meeting in Baltimore this month to decide on the It hues for 2007. [Page 1n]

TRAVEL

Rocky Mountain hot spot

Just 10 years ago, skiing the Rocky Mountains was the main reason anyone traveled to Colorado, with Denver being little more than the gateway. But now Denver has become a play date itself, and LoDo, its revitalized lower downtown area, is the hippest spot in town. [Page 1r]

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"Whenever the ox gets in the ditch, usually the rescue service they send is Dick Cheney."

Republican Sen. Trent Lott of Mississippi, on the vice president's role in the administration (Article, Page 1A)

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