Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

April 21, 2007

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MARYLAND

Md. joins anti-pollution pact

Gov. Martin O'Malley joined a multistate effort to reduce pollution contributing to global warming yesterday. He also pledged to sponsor more research on ways to combat climate change and limit the threat rising sea levels pose to the state. pg 1b

City to investigate arsenic issue

The city plans to investigate why high arsenic levels in a South Baltimore park were kept quiet for more than 30 years. Leading the probe will be the health commissioner, who ordered Swann Park closed after tests showed arsenic levels more than 100 times higher than generally considered safe. pg 1a

NATIONAL

Cho family makes statement

The family of Virginia Tech gunman Seung-Hui Cho spoke out yesterday for the first time since the shootings, saying in a statement that they felt "hopeless, helpless and lost." pg 1a

State's jobless rate improves

Maryland's unemployment rate improved to an unusually low 3.6 percent as the state's employers added 4,500 jobs last month, the federal government said yesterday. pg 11c

WORLD

Gates urges Iraqi officials to act

U.S. Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates told Iraqi government officials yesterday that they need to pass legislation aimed at easing sectarian tension before the U.S. military conducts a formal evaluation of its current troop increase in Iraq. pg 8a

SPORTS

Markakis propels Orioles to win

Nick Markakis' bases-loaded single off Victor Zambrano in the bottom of the ninth inning got through a drawn-in infield and gave the Orioles a 5-4 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays. pg 1c

TODAY

Discovering a Baltimore artist

Collector Bill Anglin discovered the improvisational joys of Baltimore-based visionary artist Morgan Monceaux's large, vividly colored works depicting the lives of jazz musicians and opera singers; the story of Anglin's purchase is this month's installment in our "Finds" series. pg 1d

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