Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

April 27, 2005

NATIONAL

Ethics on stem cell research

With embryonic stem cell research forging ahead amid an emotional debate over its morality, a national advisory panel issued ethical guidelines for scientists yesterday to protect embryo donors, ensure proper records and restrict experiments that would transplant stem cells between humans and animals. [Page 1a]

Bush's Social Security plan

When President Bush hits the road to promote his Social Security plan, he has tough words for lawmakers who would put off action until another day, but in casual meetings behind closed doors, Bush is reassuring lawmakers that he will cover them politically if they join his effort to revamp the retirement program. [Page 1a]

Insurgency rebounds in Iraq

The number of insurgent attacks, which dropped after the Iraqi elections in January, has crept back to the levels of a year ago, senior Pentagon officials said yesterday. [Page 3a]

WORLD

Syria withdraws from Lebanon

Ending its 29-year military presence in Lebanon, Syria withdrew the last of its soldiers yesterday amid Lebanese celebrations. [Page 1a]

Iraqi Cabinet proposed

With U.S. pressure to end political deadlocks mounting, Iraq's prime minister-designate proposes a broad 36-member Cabinet. [Page 11a]

MARYLAND

Rep. Cardin to run for Senate

Rep. Benjamin L. Cardin announced yesterday that he is running for the U.S. Senate. The 10-term Democrat made his announcement on the Baltimore waterfront, saying he is the most experienced candidate and the right person to carry on the legacy of retiring Sen. Paul S. Sarbanes. [Page 1a]

Soros issues challenge to city

Billionaire financier George Soros is challenging Baltimore to raise $20 million to continue the work of his Open Society Institute here. In return, he would donate $10 million. The institute's drug treatment program is credited with cutting the number of fatal overdoses in the city. [Page 1a]

SPORTS

O's rally past Red Sox, 11-8

Miguel Tejada hit a two-run homer in the eighth inning -- his fourth hit of the game -- as the Orioles rallied from a five-run deficit to beat the Boston Red Sox 11-8. The Orioles have won five straight and are seven games over .500 for the first time since 1998. [Page 1e]

Player's estate wins pension case

The estate of Pro Football Hall of Fame center Mike Webster -- who was reduced to living in his car and sleeping in train stations in retirement -- was awarded additional pension benefits of as much as $1 million in U.S. District Court in Baltimore. The ruling was a rare, perhaps even precedent-setting, victory for pro football players trying to challenge pension payouts. [Page 1e]

Wilkerson leads Nats past Phillies

Brad Wilkerson connected off previously unbeaten Jon Lieber for the first upper-deck home run at RFK Stadium in 34 years, leading the Washington Nationals to a 3-1 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies. Wilkerson pulled a two-run shot down the right-field line and into the front row of section 470 in the fifth inning, breaking a 1-1 tie against a pitcher who was 4-0 and was 11-1 in his past 14 starts dating to last season. [Page 1e]

TODAY

Md. pastor in spotlight

Brian McLaren's celebrity loomed large even before Time magazine named the senior pastor at Cedar Ridge Community Church in Montgomery County one of the 25 most influential evangelicals in America. At 48, McLaren is the unofficial leader of the "emergent church" movement, which emphasizes environmentalism and racial and sexual tolerance, while distancing itself from the social conservatism of the religious right. [Page 1c]

Fashion industry targets adults

Fashion designers and retailers are increasingly targeting a more mature, and more loyal, 25 and older set. Retailers and designers have taken notice of the contemporary woman, fashion observers say, and are producing more grownup, sophisticated -- and more forgiving -- clothes. [Page 1c]

Band helps search for woman

In the last few days, news of the disappearance of Tracey Gardner-Tetso has swept the nation. The 33-year-old Rosedale woman was last seen March 6, before she failed to meet friends at a Motley Crue concert at the MCI Center in Washington. Motley Crue's involvement has raised significant interest in the case from national media. [Page 1c]

BUSINESS@SUBHEDCelera to give DNA data to NIH

Celera Genomics Inc. of Rockville announced it would contribute much of its DNA sequence data after July 1 to a division of the National Institutes of Health. Celera was unable to make a commercial success trading in genetic information. [Page 1d]

Consumer confidence falls

U.S. consumer confidence fell for the third month in a row as high gasoline prices and job worries threatened to cool the economy heading into summer. [Page 1d]

T. Rowe Price profit up 22%

Profit at Baltimore-based T. Rowe Price Group Inc. rose 22 percent to $94 million during the first quarter compared with the corresponding period last year as more investors poured money into the company's mutual funds. [Page 1d]

WORKING

Computer specialists

Although most office employees probably won't need a tech expert unless something goes wrong, a computer specialist's presence during an electronic crisis often helps calm nerves and saves -- or finds -- important files. [Page 1k]

TODAY ONLINE

BISON ESCAPE

Check out video footage of the Pikesville Bison escape at:

www.baltimoresun.com/bison

NFL Q&A

Read Mike Preston's NFL draft Q&A online at:

www.baltimoresun.com/askpreston

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"The way I feel right now, I'm giving them all away. They're going to the slaughterhouse."

Gerald "Buzz" Berg, owner of nine bison that created havoc after escaping from a Stevenson farm yesterday (Article, Page 1A)

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