Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

April 20, 2005

WORLD

Cardinal Ratzinger elected pope

Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, 78, of Germany became Pope Benedict XVI yesterday, the 265th Roman Catholic pontiff. Crowds in St. Peter's Square greeted Pope John Paul II's successor with cheers and flag waving. [Page 1a]

Pope a force for conservatism

Vatican scholars say Joseph Ratzinger, long considered a staunch defender of church ideology, will be an architect for Catholic conservatism in the 21st century. [Page 1a]

Iraq attack kills at least 10

At least 10 people were killed in a suicide car bombing in Baghdad as resurgent violence and sectarian tensions raised the stakes for lawmakers as the National Assembly struggling to finalize a government. [Page 18a]

NATIONAL

Senate extends visa program

After almost a week of pressure from Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski and other lawmakers, the Senate voted to temporarily expand a visa program for seasonal workers from other countries, legislation that, if it becomes law, could salvage a season some Maryland seafood packers thought lost. [Page 1a]

Panel delays Bolton vote

Prodded by the last-minute concerns of a Republican member, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee postponed a vote on John R. Bolton - President Bush's nominee to be ambassador to the United Nations - until at least early next month. [Page 3a]

MARYLAND

5 Bay Bridge lanes to be open

All five lanes of the Bay Bridge are expected be open by Memorial Day weekend, state transportation officials said yesterday in an update on a resurfacing project that has drawn widespread criticism. [Page 1b]

FBI seizes Hornsby files

FBI agents seized documents and computer files yesterday from the office of Prince George's County schools chief Andre J. Hornsby as part of an investigation into his dealings with education vendors. [Page 1b]

TODAY

McDonogh senior Md. Junior Miss

McDonogh School senior Ronke Olaleye's family emigrated from Nigeria when she was younger. At 16, she is Maryland's Junior Miss - and with the title and the pageant's scholarship money, she is a step closer to realizing her dreams. [Page 1c]

BUSINESS

GM reports $1.1 billion loss

General Motors Corp. reported a $1.1 billion loss for the first quarter, its largest in more than a decade, as rising health care costs and a lukewarm response to some new models hammered its North American business. [Page 1d]

A new recruiting tool - pizza

Google, the Internet search engine, apparently figures the inventor of the next generation of Gmail might think of the company fondly because of - pizza. Google has a pizza allowance for computer science and engineering students on campuses across the country, including the University of Maryland, College Park. [Page 1d]

SPORTS

Roberts powers O's past Tigers

Brian Roberts kept up his surprising power surge with a three-run homer, and Miguel Tejada and Rafael Palmeiro added bases-empty shots to lead the Orioles over the Detroit Tigers, 8-4, at Camden Yards. [Page 1e]

Marlins top Nationals

Brian Moehler earned his first major league win in 2 1/2 years and Carlos Delgado hit Florida's first homer in six games, as the Marlins beat the Washington Nationals, 6-3. [Page 3e]

WORKING

Regular sabbaticals urged

Workplace experts recommend taking a sabbatical or extended break every few years, if not annually, as a way to truly maintain a balanced life. [Page 1k]

TODAY ONLINE

POPE BENEDICT XVI

Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger of Germany becomes Pope Benedict XVI. For expanded coverage of the new pope and the process behind his selection, go to www.baltimoresun.com/newpope

WORKING: TAKE A BREAK

See a video of Sun business writer Blanca Torres discussing her Working section story about the importance of taking time away from work. www.baltimoresun.com/break

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"Dear brothers and sisters, after the great Pope John Paul II, the cardinals have elected me, a simple, humble worker in the vineyard of the Lord."

Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, who has taken the name Pope Benedict XVI (Article, Page 1A)

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