Sunday, April 03, 2005

BE068110 - Illustration of a Hand Writing with a Quill Pen

Edited by Victor A. Cuvo

Pope John Paul II dies

A Ballot Like No Other
Church leaders, most elevated by John Paul, must soon begin task of electing his successor.

Pope John Paul II
by Charles Krauthammer (4/3)
Precisely at the moment the West most desperately needed it, we were sent a champion.

OPEC May Boost Oil-Production Quota in May and Third Quarter, Kuwait Says OPEC may boost its crude output quota by 500,000 barrels a day in May and add another half a million barrels in the third quarter in a bid to stop record oil prices from slowing economic growth, the group's president said.

North Carolina Clips Michigan State 87-71

North Carolina's Raymond Felton celebrates during play in the second half againdt Michigan State in their semifinal game at the Final Four on Saturday, April 2, 2005, at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Illini fly to title game

Philadelphia Eagles

We will be following Phillies baseball and Eagles football. With the NFL draft coming up, we have a brief report from our correspondent in Pennsylvania, CARL BAKER, who says the Eagles are looking for a big offensive lineman for the left side. Also, a defensive tackle to plug the middle. A big linebacker. A big running back. Carl will keep us posted.

PHILieber honored with Opening Day nod


Fueled by healthy public appetite for traditional melodies and quasi-ethnic roots, the crossover genre continues to flourish with this debut release from Ireland's Celtic Woman ensemble. The brainchild of Sharon Browne, Dave Kavanaugh (founders of Ireland's successful Celtic Collections label) and young
Riverdance touring company musical director David Downes, CW's five young women musicians and vocalists offer up an ever pleasant, Eire-savvy fusion of folk, pop and classical influences. Avoiding the intrusive, club-beat/sex kitten window dressing of Bond, the ensemble tackles material that ranges from the expected (spare, lovely covers of "Danny Boy" and "Ave Maria") to more adventurous fare like "Nella Fantasia" (Ennio Morricone's vocal adaptation of his rapturous theme from The Mission) and Enya's "Orinoco Flow." Elsewhere, "The Butterfly" offers up fiddle-fueled take on their Riverdance parallels (which also get a workout on the live bonus tracks), if renditions of Downes' originals like "One World" and "Send Me a Song" and "Someday" from Disney's animated Hunchback of Notre Dame hew slavishly to the middle of the road -- which largely seems the album's easy-listening intention. --Jerry McCulley

90 escaped crocodiles remain at large in S. Africa
Residents of a South African coastal resort have been warned to keep an eye out for 90 baby crocodiles that made a break from a farm.

The Civil War:
Winter of Union discontent, desertions

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