Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

April 17, 2007

MARYLAND

Ticket crunch could ease

Scoring last-minute tickets to an Orioles or Ravens game would be as easy as a stroll downtown under a bill introduced in the City Council that would lift a prohibition against reselling tickets within a mile of the Camden Yards sports complex. pg 1b

Chief loses vote of confidence

Fifty members of the Baltimore Fire Officers Union, which represents 325 lieutenants, captains and batallion chiefs, voted unanimouisly last night in a show of no-confidence in Fire Chief William J. Goodwin Jr., following calls for the chief to step down and similar expressions of discontent from rank-and-file firefighters. pg 1b

NATIONAL

Faceoff on Iraq support

President Bush and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid each showed up with military support in advance of a meeting tomorrow as the Democrats call for a timetable for a U.S. troop withdrawal from Iraq. pg 3A

Gonzales testimony postponed

Senators postponed testimony by Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales after the Virginia Tech shootings, delaying his chance to defend contradictions about fired federal prosecutors that have taxed his credibility. pg 4a

WORLD

Gates arrives in Jordan

Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates arrived in Jordan, the first stop on a tour of several Middle Eastern countries designed to drum up support for Iraq's government and continue talks with allies on how to counter Iranian influence. pg 11a

Banking facility to close

A check-processing operation that opened near downtown with great fanfare and an infusion of government incentives is shutting down after seven years. About 220 people worked at the JPMorgan Chase & Co. facility. pg 1d

SPORTS

Cheruiyot prevails in Boston

Robert Cheruiyot won the Boston Marathon for the third time, successfully defending his title to bring Kenya its 15th victory in 17 years. Lidiya Grigoryeva of Russia was the women's winner. pg 3e

TODAY

Pulitzer-winning history

University of Maryland professor Gene Roberts - with his co-author Hank Klibanoff - won the Pulitzer Prize for history yesterday for "The Race Beat: The Press, the Civil Rights Struggle, and the Awakening of a Nation." The book traces how the civil rights struggle was covered by the press, breaking down prejudices within journalism and as well as in American society. pg 1c

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