Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

April 28, 2005

NATIONAL

Abortion bill advances

The House passed a bill yesterday that would make it illegal to dodge parental-consent laws by taking minors across state lines for abortions, the latest effort to chip away at abortion rights after Republican gains in the November elections. [Page 1a]

DeLay's ethics inquiry

House Republicans paved the way yesterday for a new ethics inquiry into House Majority Leader Tom DeLay's activities by yielding to Democrats in a fight over the rules governing such investigations. DeLay was admonished three times by the ethics committee last year. [Page 1a]

FDA changes proposed

Lawmakers proposed legislation yesterday that would broaden the power of the Food and Drug Administration's safety office by making it a separate center within the agency, independent of the drug-approval division. [Page 3a]

WORLD

Dispute arises over dump

Israel's plan to dump garbage on contested land near a Palestinian village is "creating hatred," according to the head of the village council. [Page 1a]

Iraqi assembly member slain

An Iraqi National Assembly member was assassinated hours before the prime minister-designate announced an agreement on his Cabinet that will bring an end to a three-month political deadlock. [Page 9a]

MARYLAND

Mayor, Copeland clash on schools

Mayor Martin O'Malley continued his efforts to take greater control over Baltimore's public schools yesterday by moving to assume partial oversight of school construction projects. But the action was opposed by city schools chief Bonnie S. Copeland, revealing increasing tension between her and the mayor. [Page 1a]

Schaefer blocks property tax plan

The Ehrlich administration's effort to reduce the property tax rate by a penny was thwarted yesterday, when, in a rare disagreement with the governor, Comptroller William Donald Schaefer joined the state treasurer in rejecting the plan. [Page 1b]

TODAY

`Kohn' film to show at Senator

Peter Kohn is 73 and the subject of a new documentary film, Keeper of the Kohn, which plays tonight at the Senator Theatre. Directed by David Gaynes, the cinema-verite film documents Kohn's last official season as field manager for the lacrosse team at Middlebury College in Vermont. The title refers to the team member who kept an eye on Kohn, gave him rides and generally looked after him. [Page 1c]

Exotic animal escapees

The bison that escaped from a Greenspring Valley farm Tuesday to trample the suburbs are barely worth a batted eyelash, or so it seems when animal control officers and others enumerate the exotic escapees they've encountered of late. [Page 1c]

`Survivor' couple seeks more loot

Not content with their $1 million-plus combined Survivor prize winnings and numerous trips won during The Amazing Race, reality TV lovebirds Amber Brkich and Rob Mariano have registered for various items essential to marital bliss at Target and Bed, Bath & Beyond. [Page 2c]

BUSINESS

Prescription card benefits

Baltimore has an estimated 160,000 uninsured residents -- a quarter of the city's population -- but it's unclear how many will be helped by a new prescription discount card announced last week by Mayor Martin O'Malley. Some of the city's uninsured are eligible for programs that provide more help, including state programs with nearly free prescriptions for those with very low incomes, and with deeper discounts for moderate-income elderly. [Page 1d]

Gates fights for foreign workers

Microsoft Corp. Chairman Bill Gates urged the Bush administration and lawmakers yesterday to abolish immigration limits on foreign engineers who can be hired by U.S. companies, a sensitive subject among American technology workers watching their jobs increasingly move overseas. [Page 1d]

Constellation income up 83%

Constellation Energy Group reported an 83 percent increase in first-quarter net income and a 20 percent increase in sales as a growing list of Fortune 100 companies and municipal utilities tapped the Baltimore company to be their power supplier. Constellation's reliance on nuclear energy gave it an edge over utilities more reliant on natural gas-fired power plants, which have been buffeted by volatile prices. [Page 1d]

SPORTS

Tagliabue opposes steroid plan

A proposal to create a single steroid testing standard for all professional sports picked up key House and Senate backers. However, NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue, testifying before the House Committee on Government Reform, said the league has no widespread steroid problem and can police itself. [Page 1a]

Bulls take 2-0 lead on Wizards

The Chicago Bulls took a 2-0 lead on the Washington Wizards in their NBA first-round playoff series with a 113-103 victory. Kirk Hinrich scored 21 of his 34 points in the fourth quarter for the Bulls. [Page 1e]

Phillies shut out Nationals

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