Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

May 01, 2006

NATIONAL

Officials focus on foreign oil

President Bush's new chief of staff, Joshua B. Bolten, said yesterday that the White House plan to address high gasoline prices will have only a modest impact and that the ultimate goal must be reducing dependence on foreign oil. Administration officials, on the Sunday talk shows, drove home the importance of reducing U.S. consumption of foreign oil. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice called it a trap, and Energy Secretary Samuel Bodman acknowledged that rising gas prices had become a crisis. pg 3A

Terrorism case draws to close

A lengthy terrorism conspiracy case in which the government failed to win a jury conviction is drawing to a close, with a former college professor likely to soon walk out of a jail cell and straight into deportation. Sami Al-Arian, a former University of South Florida computer engineering professor, is expected to be sentenced today for his April 14 guilty plea to one count of providing support to members of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad, a group responsible for hundreds of deaths in Israel and the Palestinian territories. pg 3A

WORLD

China pays compensation

Chinese authorities have paid "hardship" compensation to the mother of a 15-year-old boy beaten to death by police during the government crackdown on pro-democracy protests in 1989, an activist said yesterday. Although the payment apparently was the first of its kind, it did not appear to signal that China was considering compensation for the hundreds, and possibly thousands, of people killed when military police crushed of protests that summer, including in Tiananmen Square. pg 11A

Nepal premier urges talks

Nepal's government and lawmakers offered proposals yesterday to quell a decade-long communist insurgency and called for a cease-fire and peace talks with Maoist rebels and elections for an assembly to rewrite the constitution. Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala and the legislators urged negotiations with the rebels, who played a key role in protests that forced the king to give up power last week and appear headed for a role in the political mainstream. pg 14A

MARYLAND

Immigrants to join boycott

Immigrant workers in Maryland are expected to take part today in a planned nationwide work stoppage and boycott to symbolize the reliance of the United States economy on their labor. In doing so, they will advocate for changes that would guarantee a path to U.S. citizenship for the nation's estimated 11 million illegal immigrants. pg 1A

Mobile home tax examined

The Baltimore County Council is considering a measure that could repeal the county's mobile home tax, or at least encourage government officials to justify it. The tax is capped at $20 a month, and most mobile home residents in the county pay the maximum of $240 a year. pg 1B

SPORTS

Mariners edge Orioles, 4-3

The Orioles fell back to .500 with a 4-3 loss to the Mariners before 32,421 at Camden Yards. The Orioles lost two of three games to the Mariners, the last-place team in the American League West. pg 1D

Blast wins MISL championship

The Blast captured the Major Indoor Soccer League championship with a 1-0 "golden goal" victory over the St. Louis Steamers after losing Game 2 of the series, 4-1, to even the series at 1-1. Machel Millwood's goal secured the title. pg 1D

TODAY

Norah Jones goes country

Singer-pianist Norah Jones and her longtime boyfriend, bassist Lee Alexander, talk about their new band, The Little Willies, named in honor of country music legend Willie Nelson. pg 1c

Quote of the Day

We try to encourage kids to use things they have readly available at home. This is not meanot to be a six-week ordeal."

Teacher Connie Flowers, on science fair projects.

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