Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

April 26, 2005

NATIONAL

GM recalling 2 million vehicles

General Motors Corp. is recalling more than 2 million vehicles, including nearly 1.5 million sport utility vehicles and pickup trucks that have problems with their seat belts. The recall comes at a troubled time for the company, which reported a $1.1 billion first-quarter loss last week. [Page 1a]

Reputed mob figures indicted

Fourteen reputed Chicago mob figures were indicted on charges of plotting at least 18 killings, including the 1986 death of the crime organization's top man in Las Vegas. [Page 3a]

Jackson's ex-wife to testify

The judge in Michael Jacksons child molestation trial said that he will allow the mother of two of the pop stars children to testify as a prosecution witness. Prosecutors want Jackson's ex-wife Debbie Rowe to tell jurors that she was compelled to appear on a videotape praising Jackson as a good father and a humanitarian. [Page 3a]

Panel vows Social Security vote

The Senate Finance Committee served notice that it will go ahead with plans to vote on a Social Security overhaul plan by June or July, with or without Democratic support. [Page 4a]

WORLD, Saudis offer $50 billion oil plan

During talks at President Bush's Crawford, Texas, ranch, Prince Abdullah, Saudi Arabia's de facto ruler, presented Bush with a $50 billion plan to boost oil production in what U.S. officials called a "very ambitious" step toward tamping down surging oil and gasoline prices. [Page 1a]

At least 73 die in train crash

An effort to make up 60 seconds on a train schedule might have led yesterday to Japan's deadliest rail crash in four decades, a morning rush-hour derailment that left at least 73 people dead and 442 injured. [Page 8a]

Iraq Cabinet expected today

Shiite and Kurdish political leaders continued talks on forming a new government, saying they expected a full Cabinet to be announced today. As the talks dragged on, an American soldier was killed near Baghdad when his patrol struck a roadside bomb. [Page 8a]

MARYLAND

Judge orders prompt hearings

Suspects who do not receive a court hearing within 24 hours of their arrest must be released from Baltimore's state-run booking center, a Circuit Court judge ordered while warning that public safety officials who don't comply could be held in contempt. [Page 1a]

Doctor convicted in Ecstasy case

Wasting little time on deliberations, a federal jury in Baltimore found yesterday that a well-known diet doctor illegally tried to cook up the club drug Ecstasy in his Fells Point home. Robert M. Keenan is to be sentenced July 29. [Page 1b]

Md. Marine killed in Iraq

Pfc. Robert A. Guy, a 26-year-old Marine from the Eastern Shore, was killed Thursday in Iraq, becoming the 24th Maryland serviceman to die since U.S. forces invaded the country two years ago. [Page 1b]

First lady assails newspapers

First lady Kendel Ehrlich, in a fiery speech to Republican supporters on the lower Eastern Shore, joined her husband's public fight against newspapers, saying they "lie" and "need to be punished." [Page 2b]

TODAY

Springsteen tackles values

Bruce Springsteen makes a bid to cement his role as America's conscience with his new album, Devils and Dust. Critics are calling it his family values album for its themes of God, church and family. [Page 1c]

Art show looks at nationalism

Patriot, the current show at the Contemporary Museum in Mount Vernon, purports to examine nationalism, one of the driving political ideologies of the 19th century. The show looks to the work of nine artists and collectives whose works are expressions of their political engagement. [Page 1c]

BUSINESS

Culture clash at NYSE

The effort by former New York Stock Exchange director Kenneth Langone to derail the merger between the Big Board and the Archipelago all-electronic exchange is the most overt sign yet of the cultural chasm between those who want to protect the NYSE's traditions and those who feel the exchange must modernize to survive. [Page 1d]

Adelphia to pay $715 million

Adelphia Communications Corp. agreed to pay about $715 million to settle a federal fraud case in what the bankrupt cable television company called "a major milestone" toward being acquired by two competitors. [Page 1d]

SPORTS

NFL steroid use investigated

According to "credible insiders" interviewed by the House Government Reform Committee, use of steroids in the National Football League may be more widespread than test results have indicated. [Page 1a]

O's top Red Sox for 4th straight

B.J. Surhoff hit a two-run homer and Brian Roberts had three hits and two RBIs to lead the Orioles over the Red Sox, 8-4, at Fenway Park in Boston. It was the Orioles' fourth straight win. [Page 1e]

Phillies beat Nationals, 5-4

The Philadelphia Phillies took advantage of seven walks and held on to beat the Washington Nationals, 5-4. Philadelphia ended a three-game losing streak that dropped them into last in the National League East. [Page 3e]

TODAY ONLINE

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MOVIE SEARCH

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QUOTE OF THE DAY

"Bobby was all man, but he was still my baby boy. He was doing what he wanted, doing his duty for his country."

James A. Guy, father of Pfc. Robert A. Guy, who was killed Thursday in Iraq (Article, Page 1B)

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