Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

April 23, 2005

NATIONAL

Zacarias Moussaoui, the only person charged in the United States in connection with the Sept. 11 attacks, pleaded guilty to plotting with al-Qaida to kill Americans. But in the latest twist in his strange legal odyssey, he insisted he was not a Sept. 11 plotter. [Page 1a]

4 cleared in Abu Ghraib scandal

The Army has cleared four top officers - including the three-star general who commanded all U.S. forces in Iraq - of all allegations of wrongdoing in connection with prisoner abuse at Abu Ghraib. They will not be punished, officials said. [Page 1a]

Joint Chiefs chairman named

President Bush yesterday named Marine Gen. Peter Pace, who helped shape the Pentagon's role in the global war on terrorism, to be the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. [Page 1a]

WORLD

Chopper pilot ID'd in video

The man shown shot to death in an Iraqi insurgent video was identified yesterday as the Bulgarian pilot of the helicopter believed to have been shot down by militants. In the video, a gunman orders, "Carry out God's verdict," and militants open fire on the pilot. [Page 1a]

Steele to attend papal Mass

Maryland Lt. Gov. Michael S. Steele, a former seminarian, will be among the official U.S. delegation to attend Pope Benedict XVI's inauguration Mass, the White House announced. [Page 8a]

MARYLAND

Blacks now sour on economy

From 1998 through 2003, African-Americans in Maryland have been more optimistic than whites about the state's economy. But for the past two years, blacks have been more likely to say the economy is getting worse, according to a Sun poll. [Page 1a]

Mays not offended about street

Baseball great Willie Mays says he is not offended that angry veterans blocked Hagerstown's attempt to rename a street after him to make amends for the racial jeers he experienced at his 1950 minor league debut there. [Page 1b]

7 freed after overlong jailing

Seven more unlawfully detained suspects were ordered set free yesterday from Baltimore's state-run Central Booking and Intake Center, where dozens of detainees have been jailed for more than 24 hours without seeing a bail commissioner, in violation of Maryland law. [Page 1b]

SPORTS

Source: Ravens mull draft move

The Ravens have spoken with the Cincinnati Bengals about moving up in the first round of the NFL to get Oklahoma offensive tackle Jammal Brown, according to a league source. [Page 1e]

Orioles rout Blue Jays

After back-to-back shutout losses to the Red Sox, the Orioles pounded out 17 hits in a 13-5 rout of the Toronto Blue Jays. Jay Gibbons homered and drove in five runs, and Melvin Mora, Miguel Tejada and Javy Lopez also homered for the Orioles. [Page 1e]

Mets shut down Nationals

Tom Glavine limited Washington to two hits over seven innings and Cliff Floyd hit his fourth home run of the season to lead the New York Mets over the Nationals, 3-1. Glavine pitched out of a bases-loaded jam in the first inning, then retired 13 of the next 14 batters before Cristian Guzman opened the sixth with his first home run. [Page 1e]

BUSINESS

Legg manager joins MCI battle

Legg Mason's William H. Miller III agreed to help finance Qwest Communications International's beefed-up takeover bid for long-distance phone company MCI. An analyst called Miller's direct involvement in the bidding war a new step for the superstar money manager. [Page 13c]

Wal-Mart subject of inquiry

Wal-Mart Stores Inc., which has been on a mission to rehabilitate its public image, suffered a setback yesterday when it confirmed it is the subject of a federal grand jury investigation. The probe involves accusations that the former vice chairman misspent up to $500,000 - some of it allegedly for anti-union activity. [Page 13c]

Md. jobless rate up a 2nd month

Maryland's unemployment rate edged upward for the second month in a row as the size of the labor force grew faster than the number of jobs. The jobless rate rose to 4.3 percent in March from 4.2 percent in February. [Page 13c]

TODAY

Hopkins doctor earns honor

Dr. Ben Carson, director of pediatric neurosurgery at the Johns Hopkins medical institutions, received the William E. Simon Prize in Philanthropic Leadership yesterday in New York. The $250,000 grant will go toward his foundation, the Carson Scholars Fund, which will hold its ninth annual banquet tomorrow. [Page 1d]

Book off-color, but it's no lie

A 67-page book by a 75-year-old Princeton University professor of philosophy, Harry G. Frankfurt, is on the best-seller list and generating media buzz from Today, 60 Minutes and The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. The book title, which contains a profanity that is fully spelled out on the cover, just might say it all. [Page 1d]

ABC gets 1st glance at `Goblet'

ABC's broadcast of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, scheduled for May 7, will feature clips from the coming Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, along with behind-the-scenes footage from the making of the movie. [Page 2d]

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"Veterans who go to war and come back have the right to say what's on their mind."

Willie Mays, commenting on Hagerstown veterans who opposed renaming Memorial Boulevard after him (Article, Page 1B)

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