Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

March 13, 2006

WORLD

Autopsy indicates heart attack

With rumors rife about the circumstances of Slobodan Milosevic's death, Dutch authorities conducted an eight-hour autopsy yesterday and invited Serbia to send a pathologist to observe. Preliminary results indicated Milosevic died of a heart attack. pg 8a

Iran rules out nuclear proposal

Iran ruled out a proposal yesterday to conduct uranium enrichment on Russian territory, drawing a harsh rebuke from a lawmaker in Moscow who said the move destroyed the only chance for a compromise in the standoff over Tehran's suspect nuclear program. pg 8a

NATIONAL

Panel likely to OK database

The Senate Judiciary Committee is poised this week to approve a new national database of names and Social Security numbers designed to stop illegal immigrants from using counterfeit documents. pg 2a

Abu Ghraib trial to begin today

The court-martial of an Army dog handler charged with abusing detainees at the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq could help clarify who approved the harsh treatment that human-rights advocates say amounted to torture. The trial of Sgt. Michael J. Smith, 24, of the 523rd Military Police Detachment at Fort Riley, Kan., was set to begin today at Fort Meade. pg 3a

MARYLAND

Sound systems in school budget

The Baltimore County school board has set aside $400,000 in its proposed budget to install and test "sound enhancement" systems - wireless microphones and speakers designed to distribute a teacher's voice evenly around the room. At least seven schools in the Baltimore area are already wired, and others across the country and within Maryland are also investing in the equipment. pg 1a

Bill targets hospital infection

A bill making its way through the General Assembly would require all of Maryland's 50 hospitals to share with authorities - and the public - information about infections among patients. Proponents say the bill would encourage hospitals to reduce infection rates and help patients decide which hospitals are safest. pg 1a

SPORTS

Mike Anderson, Ravens agree

The Ravens agreed in principle on a four-year deal with free agent Mike Anderson, who is expected to take over for Jamal Lewis at running back. Anderson, 32, rushed for 1,014 yards and 12 touchdowns last season for the Denver Broncos. pg 1d

NCAA TOURNAMENT

Terps reluctantly accept NIT bid

Maryland's men's basketball team at first rejected a bid from the National Invitation Tournament, then changed its mind. The Terps will play Saturday at home against the winner of Fairleigh Dickinson-Manhattan. pg 1e

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"It's like we're all here for a purpose. We're all together whether we're Irish or not. You don't have to be Irish to enjoy the St. Patrick's Day Parade."

Parade attendee Brad McNaughton

Article, PG 1B

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