Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

April 22, 2007

MARYLAND

Perjury prompts case reviews

With the news that police gun expert Joseph Kopera lied about his qualifications on witness stands across the state, prosecutors, police departments and defense attorneys are taking steps to identify and review cases that he worked on during a career that spanned nearly 40 years. pg 1a

Low-cost housing bill debated

A bill headed to Baltimore's City Council requires low-cost homes to be mixed into some market-rate projects. But after the bill has been amended by compromise attempts and restricted by a lack of money, it remains unclear how many homes it will create and where they will be. pg 1b

WORLD

Marine Corps found negligent

A U.S. military investigation has found that the Marine Corps chain of command in Iraq engaged in willful negligence in failing to investigate a November 2005 attack by Marines that killed 24 unarmed Iraqis, including several women and children, lawyers involved in the case said. pg 18a

Nigeria's troubled election

Nigeria's election was marred by violence, when police opened fire and killed three boys during a protest in the northern town of Daura, and by tragedy, when a plane carrying elections officials with voting materials crashed, killing 14 people. pg 19a

NATIONAL

Hiring boost on the border

The U.S. Border Patrol's push to expand the number of agents on the lookout for illegal crossings has some agents worried that the pressure will lead to corner cutting and will jeopardize public safety. Raising the Border Patrol's numbers from 12,000 to 18,000 by the end of 2008 is a key element of President Bush's plan to improve border security. pg 3a

Nursing home oversight faulted

Federal health officials impose only minimal penalties on nursing homes repeatedly cited for mistreatment of patients, congressional investigators say in a new report. Some nursing homes cycle in and out of compliance with federal standards and pose a threat to the health and safety of patients, they found. pg 3a

BUSINESS

Wal-Mart's image makeover

Wal-Mart Stores' two-year-old reimaging strategy has succeeded in some areas, but the company remains a target of criticism on other fronts. And as Wal-Mart struggles to prove that it has made progress on workers' health care and pay, efforts to improve its image have taken on significance recently as the company loses market share to competitors. pg 1c

SPORTS

Hopkins edges Navy, 10-9

No. 8 Johns Hopkins defeated No. 7 Navy, 10-9, in a men's lacrosse game before 6,856 at Homewood Field. It was the 33rd consecutive time the Blue Jays have beaten the Midshipmen. pg 6d

MODERN LIFE

Packing a lifetime into cartons

Moving from a large house to smaller quarters - 55-and-older condos - is an increasingly common occurrence for baby boomers. Senior move managers help guide their clients as they sort through a lifetime of memories and possessions. pg 1d

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