Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

May 04, 2005

NATIONAL

Leniency asked for England

A defense lawyer for Pfc. Lynndie R. England said at her sentencing hearing yesterday that the young woman who became a symbolic figure in the Abu Ghraib abuse scandal would answer for herself but should not face undue punishment because of the crimes of her fellow soldiers. [Page 3a]

BTK suspect pleads not guilty

A judge entered a plea of not guilty on behalf of Dennis L. Rader, a former church leader accused of being the BTK killer. Rader declined to speak during his court appearance, and prosecutors said they would seek the "Hard 40" penalty -- meaning Rader could 40 years in prison before being eligible for parole. [Page 12a]

WORLD

Russia marks historic victory

In Russian eyes, the Red Army's defeat of Nazi Germany on the eastern front in World War II was the greatest military victory in history. President Bush and other world leaders will travel to Moscow to help Russia celebrate the 60th anniversary of that event next week. [Page 1a]

Women's voting rights hits snag

In a major setback for the political rights of Kuwaiti women, Islamist and conservative tribal lawmakers have created a constitutional crisis that will delay consideration of a draft election law long enough to keep women out of this year's race for municipal council seats. [Page 15a]

MARYLAND

Mother sentenced to 25 years

As a 41-year-old Baltimore mother was sentenced yesterday to 25 years in prison for smothering her toddler, the prosecutor and defense attorney questioned the court ruling that put the two in the same home. Assistant State's Attorney Julie Drake leveled unusually sharp criticism of the Juvenile Courts decision even as she sought the maximum penalty for Monalisa Mackey in the death of her daughter, Alicia Cureton. [Page 1b]

Kids given take-home DNA tests

Parents of the Washington County's 1,500 kindergarten pupils are being asked to keep a sample of their child's DNA in the freezer. If the child were to go missing, authorities could use the specimen to identify found remains. Washington County is the first school system in the state to distribute the DNA testing kits. [Page 2b]

Benfield Pines put on ice

The landmark Benfield Pines Ice Rink has closed and will be leased for warmer sports. The Millersville building and adjoining spaces have been handed over to a partnership that wants to scrap the ice in favor of a multisport facility. [Page 2b]

TODAY

Advice for jilted groom: Run away

John Mason still wants to marry runaway bride Jennifer Wilbanks. No matter what happened and will happen, everyone has some advice. One suggestion to the jilted husband-to-be: You've got an out. Take it. [Page 1c]

Questions remain for BSO

With the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra having completed its final Carnegie Hall concert with music director Yuri Temirkanov, attention is turning to the BSO's artistic and financial future. However, it appears that questions remain as they have been for several months now -- unanswered. [Page 1c]

Stars boost cancer screenings

More than half of adults in a nationwide survey recalled celebrity endorsements for cancer screening, and more than a fourth said the pitch made them more likely to get tested, researchers report yesterday in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. [Page 6c]

BUSINESS

Giant to cut hundreds of jobs

Bruised by a rocky merger, Giant Food LLC is selling its corporate campus in Landover and cutting hundreds of manufacturing and distribution jobs, further diminishing the profile of the nearly 70-year-old company. [Page 1a]

New port director named

State officials promised a new era of cooperation in announcing the appointment yesterday of F. Brooks Royster III as the new director of the port of Baltimore, but the long-time maritime industry executive comes into the job mindful of the messy public spat that forced his predecessor's resignation. [Page 1d]

Fed boosts interest rates, again

As expected, the Federal Reserve boosted interest rates a quarter of a percentage point, its eighth consecutive increase, but an omission in its official statement jolted investors. [Page 1d]

SPORTS

NBC keeps Derby, Preakness

The first two legs of horse racing's Triple Crown -- the Kentucky Derby and Preakness -- will remain on NBC-TV through 2010. The deal was announced after speculation that the Preakness would end up on ESPN. [Page 1e]

O's drop 2nd straight, 1-0

The Orioles were held to three hits and dropped their second straight game to the Toronto Blue Jays, 1-0, at Camden Yards. The Orioles wasted a fine outing by Daniel Cabrera, who allowed one run on four hits in eight innings. [Page 1e]

WORKING

Working for productivity

The image of a productive employee as someone who works long hours and is chained to a desk is not always the best test for who is getting the most done, experts say. Increasing job performance relies more on organizing your life, getting enough rest and making sure you have good working conditions than on constant work, they say. [Page 1k]

TODAY ONLINE

IRAQI GOVERNMENT SWORN IN

Iraq swore in its first democratically elected government yesterday as violence continued to flare up in the nation. Follow developments and get archived coverage of Iraq at www.baltimoresun.com/iraq

TASTE ONLINE

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QUOTE OF THE DAY

"I thought it was candy, because they put candy in your ice cream or whatever to make it a treat."

Clarence Stowers, who found a partial finger in a pint of frozen custard (Article, Page 5A)

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