Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

April 21, 2005

NATIONAL

Democrats reject offer on DeLay

The Republican chairman of the House ethics committee offered yesterday to begin an investigation of Majority Leader Tom DeLay to end a stalemate that has kept the panel from functioning this year. Senior committee member Democrat Alan B. Mollohan of West Virginia quickly rejected the offer. [Page 3a]

Moussaoui to plead guilty

Zacarias Moussaoui, the only person indicted in the United States in connection with the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, plans to plead guilty to charges that could bring the death penalty, two federal officials said yesterday. [Page 4a]

WORLD

Pope Benedict XVI lays out plan

In his first Mass at the Sistine Chapel, Pope Benedict XVI said he planned to build on the legacy of his predecessor by strengthening Christianity throughout the world and seeking dialogue with religious leaders. [Page 1a]

Slain hostages found in Iraq

Iraq's president announced yesterday that more than 50 slain hostages had been found south of Baghdad, while a hospital official said 19 Iraqi soldiers were found executed in a soccer stadium in Haditha. [Page 1a]

MARYLAND

Central Booking hearing set

A Circuit Court judge has scheduled a hearing today to discuss complaints that chronic delays in processing arrests at the state-run Central Booking and Intake Center in Baltimore is violating the rights of suspects. The public defender's office says it has identified 122 defendants who were held longer than 24 hours, one for 89 hours. City prosecutors and police blame each other for the delays. [Page 1a]

Sources: Cardin to run for Senate

U.S. Rep. Benjamin L. Cardin plans to announce Tuesday that he is running for the Senate seat being vacated by Maryland's Paul S. Sarbanes, several sources said yesterday. [Page 1b]

TODAY

NBC changes lineup of execs

NBC News appointed a two-person team yesterday to oversee the network's Today show. Jim Bell, a sports producer who handled NBC's coverage of the Olympics, will be the new executive producer. He replaces Tom Touchet, who was ousted Tuesday after 2 1/2 years on the job. Phil Griffin, most recently in charge of MSNBC's prime-time lineup, will be the executive in charge of the broadcast. [Page 3c]

BUSINESS

Inflation rate on the rise

It isn't only gasoline prices that are pinching consumers' wallets. The cost of health care, clothing, hotel rooms and airline travel all increased last month, pushing the core inflation rate up at the fastest pace in 2 1/2 years. Americans' wages also did not keep up with inflation. It was the second month in a row that wages, after adjusting for inflation, have fallen. [Page 1d]

SPORTS

Red Sox shut out Orioles

Boston's Jason Varitek hit a three-run homer in the sixth inning to break open a tight game, and the Red Sox moved into a tie with the Orioles for first place in the American League East with an 8-0 victory at Camden Yards. The Orioles failed to homer for the first time in 10 games. [Page 1e]

Nationals top Braves, 2-0

The Washington Nationals' Zach Day threw seven scoreless innings as Washington defeated the Atlanta Braves, 2-0. It was Washington's third straight win against the Braves. [Page 1e]

TODAY ONLINE

RESPONDING TO THE GOVERNOR

Public editor Paul Moore addresses Governor Robert L. Ehrlich, Jr.'s list of grievances against The Sun. Go online to read the column, along with links to the stories in question. www.baltimoresun.com/ehrlichlist

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