Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

March 30, 2006

NATIONAL

Abramoff sentenced to prison

Former Washington lobbyist Jack Abramoff was sentenced to 5 years and 10 months in federal prison for business fraud, but will remain free for three months so he can continue assisting in a probe of corruption and influence-peddling. pg 1a

Red Cross investigates claims

The American Red Cross, the largest recipient of donations after Hurricane Katrina, is investigating wide-ranging accusations of impropriety among volunteers after the disaster. pg 2a

MARYLAND

Taxes to fund stem cell research

Maryland will become the fourth state in the country to authorize tax dollars for embryonic stem cell research when the governor signs a bill approved yesterday by the General Assembly and heralded by scientists and patient advocates. pg 1a

WORLD

European labor laws

In much of Europe, the idea that a firm can dismiss workers because profits are sagging is unacceptable. Yet economists say changes to labor laws are crucial to the continent's economic health. pg 14a

TODAY

College-acceptance jitters

High school seniors are anxiously awaiting word on whether they've been accepted to their college of choice, or whether they will join such famous folks as Steven Spielberg who received rejections. pg 1c

BUSINESS

DOW -- UP

+61.16

11,215.70

NASDAQ -- UP

+33.32

2,337.78

S&P -- UP

+9.66

1,302.89

SUN INDEX -- UP

+2.62

352.01

Mental health coverage

For years, mental health professionals and support groups have pushed insurers to provide the same coverage for mental health as they do for physical illness. A study published today in the New England Journal of Medicine estimates the added cost at close to zero. pg 1d

State to offer end-of-life guide

Maryland is offering a first-of-its-kind guidebook to help people make health and end-of-life decisions on behalf of a patient, a year after the death of Terri Schiavo, the brain-damaged Floridian who launched a national right-to-die debate. pg 1d

SPORTS

O's Lopez to be used as DH

The Orioles said that their experiment with displaced catcher Javy Lopez at first base is over for the present. He will be used as the team's designated hitter for the foreseeable future. pg 1e

Duke president meets students

Duke President Richard Brodhead met privately with a few dozen students about the university's response to an alleged sexual assault at an off-campus party. pg 1e

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"They're stupid P.R. gimmicks."

Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.'s Communications Director Paul Schurick, on the legislature's strategy on rising energy rates

Article, PG 1B

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