Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

April 25, 2005

NATIONAL

Army revamps Iraq training

The Army has revamped its training to better prepare the National Guard soldiers for the field and to teach them what to expect once they get to Iraq. The lessons are designed to be so real that the government has hired Iraqi Americans to play roles. [Page 1a]

Frist asks vote on nominees

Majority Leader Bill Frist says it's not "radical" to ask senators to vote on judicial nominees as he hardens his effort to strip Democrats of their ability to stall consideration of President Bush's picks for the federal court. [Page 3a]

Therapy delays Alzheimer's

The first attempt at gene therapy for Alzheimer's patients appeared to significantly delay worsening of the disease in a few people who have tested it so far, scientists reported. But far more research is needed to see whether the experimental treatment, which requires brain surgery, really helps. [Page 4a]

WORLD

Israel's Weizman dies at 80

Former Israeli President Ezer Weizman, a warrior-turned-statesman who helped build his fledgling state's air force and later played a key role in peacemaking with Egypt, died yesterday at his home in the Israeli coastal city of Caesarea. He was 80. [Page 1a]

Ecuador's ex-leader in exile

Ecuador's former president began his life in exile in Brazil yesterday, ending a four-day drama that began when protesters who accused him of abuse of power drove him from office and forced him to take refuge in the Brazilian ambassador's home. [Page 8a]

MARYLAND

Critics target gay rights bills

Conservative and Christian groups are mounting a widespread effort - using e-mail and Web sites with often fiery rhetoric- against four bills they contend promote the gay agenda. The bills passed the Senate and House of Delegates this session and are awaiting action from Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. before becoming law. [Page 1b]

Summer school plan assailed

A Baltimore school board member is criticizing the system's plan for summer school, saying it excludes some low-performing students because summer classes would not be offered citywide. Kalman R. "Buzzy" Hettleman described the plan as an unwise departure from the system's past summer programs. [Page 1b]

Polish massacre remembered

The 65th anniversary of the massacre of thousands of Polish military officers by Soviet troops was marked yesterday by a ceremony at the National Katyn Memorial at President and Aliceanna streets in Baltimore. [Page 3b]

TODAY

Rare appearance for Herrera

Carolina Herrera is one of those classically stylish women - something that radiated during one of her rare public appearances last week in Chevy Chase. At the cocktail party and book signing for her new coffee table book, Carolina Herrera: Portrait of a Fashion Icon, by Alexandra Kotur, Herrera stood out in a crowd. [Page 1c]

Hubble telescope turns 15

Today, to mark the Hubble Space Telescope's 15th anniversary, NASA and the European Space Agency plan to release two spectacular new views of celestial objects that have made headlines in the past. [Page 1c]

SPORTS

O's sweep Blue Jays

The Orioles completed a three-game sweep of the Toronto Blue Jays with a 7-1 victory. Sidney Ponson pitched a complete game and Sammy Sosa hit two home runs. [Page 1d]

Wizards drop playoff opener

The Chicago Bulls gained their first playoff victory since 1998 with a 103-94 triumph over the visiting Washington Wizards in Game 1 of their first-round series. [Page 1d]

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QUOTE OF THE DAY

"Pray for me that I may not flee for fear of the wolves."

Pope Benedict XVI, at his Mass of investiture in St. Peter's Square in Vatican City (Article, Page 1A)

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