Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

April 29, 2005

NATIONAL

Bush supports solvency plan

In a nationally televised news conference, President Bush threw his support behind a plan to rescue Social Security from insolvency, proposing to curb the growth in benefits for middle-class and wealthy Americans. [Page 1a]

Budget cuts taxes, OKs drilling

Congress last night adopted a $2.56 trillion federal budget for 2006 that aims to trim Medicaid growth by $10 billion over five years, add $106 billion in tax cuts and allow oil drilling in an Alaskan wildlife refuge. [Page 3a]

WORLD

Putin's Israel visit is tense

Russian President Vladimir V. Putin intended his visit to Israel to mark a new era of friendship between the two countries, but disagreements over Iran and Syria created tension. [Page 1a]

Partial Iraqi Cabinet approved

Iraq's National Assembly approved a Cabinet yesterday, but some key posts remained disputed. In a surprise comeback, Ahmad Chalabi was named a deputy prime minister. [Page 14a]

MARYLAND

Mfume denies allegations

Kweisi Mfume denied yesterday that he was forced to resign as president of the NAACP amid allegations of nepotism and sexual harassment, saying someone is trying to derail his campaign for U.S. Senate. [Page 1a]

Guilty plea in Charles Co. arson

A suspect in arson fires that caused $10 million in damage to a Charles County development pleaded guilty yesterday, saying he took part because he knew that African-Americans were buying many of the houses. [Page 1b]

SPORTS

Heat outlast Nets in 2 OTs

Shaquille O'Neal scored 25 points and Udonis Haslem had the final go-ahead basket as the Miami Heat defeated the New Jersey Nets, 108-105, in double overtime to take a 3-0 lead in the first-round playoff series. [Page 8f]

Boys Latin beats St. Paul's

Chris Boland had six goals and four assists to lead the No. 3 Boys Latin lacrosse team to a 13-10 victory over No. 2 St. Paul's in a Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference game. [Page 10f]

BUSINESS

Economy's diagnosis: bipolar

Home sales are up, but retail sales are going nowhere. Orders for durable goods sank, but corporate earnings keep rising. The U.S. economy has turned bipolar. [Page 1a]

Martek shares fall 46 percent

Shares of Columbia-based Martek Biosciences Corp. fell 46 percent yesterday on news that customers have been stockpiling its nutritional oils, spoiling revenue predictions. [Page 1d]

HEALTH & SCIENCE

Health guru still wows 'em

Deepak Chopra, the physician turned New Age guru, brings his message to Ellicott City this weekend. It's a message that has turned Chopra into an international health rock star and multimillionaire. [Page 1e]

Climbing the food pyramid

The government's new personalized food pyramid has some dieters excited and others baffled. Right now it's available only on the Web, and critics say it may be missing some of the people who need it most. [Page 1e]

TODAY

Action flick `XXX' shows off city

The Baltimore area gets screen time in XXX: State of the Union, the action movie opening today in theaters. For two weeks in September, several key action scenes were filmed in and around Charm City. [Page 1c]

The movie reviews are in

Whether it's action, comedy or drama, film fans can find something at the theaters today as Ice Cube, Samuel L. Jackson, Mos Def, Robin Williams, Tea Leoni and David Duchovny star in various films opening. [Page 1c]

TODAY ONLINE

MFUME ON THE DEFENSE

Senate hopeful Kweisi Mfume defended himself against allegations of favoritism and sexual harassment during his tenure as president of the NAACP. Read archived coverage of Mfume's exit from the organization at www.baltimoresun.com/naacp

NEW MOVIES

Read reviews of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, XXX: State of the Union and other new releases, then find a place and time to see them using our searchable database of theaters. www.baltimoresun.com/movies

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"It makes the chauvinists feel uncomfortable, but so what? In our society, too many women are judged every day that they got where they are because of their bodies and not their brains."

Kweisi Mfume, denouncing allegations that he showed favoritism toward women while serving as head of the NAACP (Article, Page 1A)

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