Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

April 20, 2007

NATIONAL

Gonzales gets more criticism

U.S. Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales, told by President Bush to repair relations with Congress over his handling of the U.S. attorneys affair, appeared to take a step backward, suffering new and withering criticism from senators of both parties, including questions on his fitness to serve. pg 1a

3rd tainted pet food ingredient

An industrial chemical linked to the deaths of 16 pets and recall of more than 100 pet foods in the U.S. has been found in a third ingredient shipped from China, federal health officials said. pg 3a

WORLD

Wolfowitz helped friend on pact

Paul D. Wolfowitz, while serving as deputy secretary of defense, personally recommended that Shaha Ali Riza, his female companion, be awarded a contract for travel to Iraq in 2003 to advise on setting up a new government, says a previously undisclosed inquiry by the Pentagon's inspector general. pg 15a

Tamil Tigers vow to fight back

Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels will fight back with their "full capacity" if government forces try to take their northern strongholds, their political chief said yesterday. pg 16a

SPORTS

Laurel handle, attendance fall

The wagering handle for Laurel Park's winter meet dropped to $291.8 million from last year's $321 million, a 9.1 percent drop. Attendance fell from 413,669 last year to 351,998. pg 9f

BUSINESS

DOW -- UP

+ 4.79

12,808.63

NASDAQ -- DOWN

- 5.15

2,505.35

S&P -- DOWN

- 1.77

1,470.73

SUN INDEX -- DOWN

- 0.19

359.82

Industrial park gets a name

The new industrial park slated for the site of the former General Motors plant on Broening Highway has a name, based on nearly 200 suggestions from local residents. It's Chesapeake Commerce Center. pg 1e

TVI replaces two top executives

Glenn Dale-based TVI Corp. said yesterday that it has replaced its top two executives and expects to post a first-quarter loss. pg 1e

MARYLAND

Boys face adult trials in burning

Two teenage boys charged earlier this week as juveniles in the chemical burning of a toddler at a Baltimore County playground will face adult charges, the county state's attorney said yesterday. pg 1b

Kopera is focus of defense

A gun expert testified for the defense that ballistics expert Joseph Kopera incorrectly concluded that a former police sergeant's off-duty revolver could have been used to kill the officer's mistress. This is the first case to include Kopera's falsified credentials and testimony in a conviction challenge. pg 1b

TODAY

Acting saves `Fracture' movie

Fracture is a competent-enough thriller saved by the virtuoso acting and riveting screen presence of its stars, Anthony Hopkins and Ryan Gosling, reports Sun film critic Chris Kaltenbach. pg 1c

No Cho, `Oldboy' clear link

The self-portrait of Virginia Tech gunman Cho Seung-Hui wielding a hammer fueled Internet speculation that he was inspired by the 2003 South Korean revenge thriller Oldboy. However, experts said there appeared to be no clear connection. pg 1c

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