Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

April 22, 2005

NATIONAL

Amtrak plan to derail monopoly

Amtrak presented a plan to Congress yesterday that would phase out its monopoly role as the nation's passenger rail service and shift more costs to states. [Page 1a]

House passes energy bill

The House passed a broad energy bill yesterday that would allow oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and would shield companies from lawsuits over a gasoline additive that has polluted water supplies. [Page 3a]

WORLD

Copter crash video released

In a video released yesterday after the downing of a private helicopter in Iraq, militants appeared to fatally shoot the lone survivor of the crash. In all, 11 people - including six American security guards - were killed in the attack. [Page 1a]

Vatican hierarchy reappointed

Pope Benedict XVI reappointed the entire Vatican hierarchy yesterday, ensuring continuity with Pope John Paul II's reign. [Page 10a]

MARYLAND

Suspects ordered to be released

A Baltimore Circuit Court judge ordered the release yesterday of five suspects caught in a gridlock at the state-run detention center, and defense attorneys requested that the judge force more sweeping changes at the troubled facility. [Page 1b]

Signaling a change in traffic lights

Baltimore is less than a year away from finishing a three-year, $21 million project to build a new centralized timing system that will control its 1,300 traffic signals. When complete, the city will have one of the most advanced traffic management systems in the nation, officials said. Many motorists, however, remain frustrated with poorly synchronized lights. [Page 1b]

Ratting out the smelly courthouse

Officials said yesterday that there is no evidence that dead and decaying rodents are to blame for a pungent smell that forced the closing of a courtroom in the Clarence M. Mitchell Jr. Courthouse. Instead, officials said greasy potato chip stains and soda spills might be to blame. [Page 1b]

TODAY

Playing at a theater near you

Nicole Kidman and Sean Penn star in The Interpreter, directed by Sydney Pollack. The film is one of several opening today. Daniel Day-Lewis, Ashton Kutcher and Stephen Chow star in other cinematic features. [Page 1c]

African Children's Choir on tour

The African Children's Choir performs tonight at St. Matthew Roman Catholic Church in Baltimore. The group, which is touring Maryland, is partly made up of many orphaned children from Uganda. Ray Barnett, a human rights worker from British Columbia, founded the choir. [Page 1c]

A war movie for the ages

The reconstructed version of Sam Fuller's World War II movie The Big Red One plays at the Charles Theatre tomorrow, Monday and Thursday and at a gala screening Thursday at the AFI Silver in Silver Screen. The movie is a must-see for devotees of war films. [Page 1c]

BUSINESS

Comcast SportsNet deal hits snag

Major League Baseball's delicate deal to ensure the widespread broadcast of Washington Nationals baseball games without upsetting Baltimore Orioles owner Peter G. Angelos hit a snag yesterday when Comcast SportsNet sued the two parties over the broadcast rights for both teams. The lawsuit will delay efforts to get Nationals games on cable television and may limit advertising revenue. [Page 1a]

Greenspan warns of huge deficit

Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan told lawmakers yesterday that large government deficits threaten the U.S. economy. The federal deficit, which reached a record $412 billion last year, is projected to grow to $427 billion in the fiscal year that ends Sept. 30. [Page 1a]

4 city firms rank in top 100

The Inner City 100, a ranking of fast-growing private companies compiled by the nonprofit Initiative for a Competitive Inner City and Inc. magazine, includes four businesses from Baltimore. The city tied with New York. Only three cities - Denver, Chicago and Detroit - have more, at five businesses each. Such companies are thriving in Baltimore partly because of the city's decline as large corporations have left, leaving lower-priced real estate in their wake. [Page 1d]

SPORTS

Orioles lose to Red Sox, 1-0

The Orioles' scoreless streak reached 21 consecutive innings as the Boston Red Sox completed a two-game sweep with a 1-0 victory. Rodrigo Lopez, who pitched eight innings, suffered his first loss of the season. [Page 1f]

Terps change radio affiliates

The University of Maryland, College Park chose new flagships for Terrapins football and men's basketball games - two of Infinity Broadcasting's Baltimore stations, WJFK (1300 AM) and WHFS (105.7 FM). Maryland had been on WBAL Radio for 27 years. [Page 2f]

Braves beat Nationals, 2-1

The Atlanta Braves scored the winning run with two outs in the ninth inning to defeat the Washington Nationals, 2-1, at RFK Stadium. Washington shortstop Cristian Guzman threw wildly to first base on Raul Mondesi's bases-loaded grounder, allowing two runs to score. [Page 3f]

TODAY ONLINE

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QUOTE OF THE DAY

"There are a lot of rappers giving back. They don't sing about it. They do it."

Hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons, who served on a panel at a financial summit at Morgan State University (Article, Page 3B)

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