Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

April 02, 2007

MARYLAND

Methodists' rabbi

When Methodists around Baltimore have questions about Jesus' Jewish heritage, they turn to their conference rabbi, Joshua Martin Siegel, who will lead a Passover seder at a Hyattsville congregation Thursday. pg 1a

Brush with controversy

An assistant secretary of the Department of Natural Resources answers questions about a program that landscaped public land adjacent to his house. His wife wrote the grant approved by one of his employees. pg 1b

NATIONAL

Campaign coffers swell

Campaign officials with Sen. Hillary Clinton have announced that she has raised $26 million for her presidential run and added $10 million from the coffers of her Senate campaign. Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., is expected to report that he has raised more than $20 million while aides to John Edwards say he has raised more than $14 million. pg 3a

Thompson joins the race

Former Wisconsin Gov. Tommy G. Thompson has joined the crowded field of Republicans running for the White House in 2008 and proclaimed himself the reliable conservative in the race. pg 3a

Pressing for Gonzales hearing

The White House is asking Democrats to move up the appearance of embattled Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales before the Senate Judiciary Committee. pg 3a

WORLD

Mixed views in Iraq

After the weekend combat deaths of six American soldiers, U.S. and Iraqi officials are acknowledging that it will take time for the effects of the security crackdown in Iraq to be felt. But presidential hopeful Sen. John McCain, visiting Baghdad with a Repbulican congressional delegation, said improvements were apparent since the start of the security sweep of the capital. pg 7a

Iran challenges Britain

More than 150 Iranian students pelted the British Embassy in Tehran with firecrackers and a smoke grenade, demanding an apology and the closure of the mission after Iran's detention of 15 British sailors and marines. pg 7a

SPORTS

Phelps sets record in 400 IM

Swimmer Michael Phelps won the 400 individual medley in 4 minutes, 6.22 seconds on the final day of the world championships in Melbourne, Australia. The win earned the Rodgers Forge native his seventh gold medal of the meet and his fifth world record in seven days. PGS 1D, 9-10D

Pressel wins LPGA major at 18

Morgan Pressel, 18, became the youngest major champion in LPGA Tour history with her victory in the Kraft Nabisco Championship in Rancho Mirage, Calif. PG 3D

TODAY

A distant No. 2

If tonight's college basketball game is the Big Dance, where does that leave the participants in the National Invitation Tournament? Largely ignored and unappreciated by the sports world and the populace at large. pg 1C

Riding to the rescue

When the lead singer in the Washington National Opera's perfromance of "La Fille du Regiment" was too ill to sing opening night, JiYoung Lee, a young alumna of the company's Young Artist Program, filled in admirably. pg 1C

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