k ATTENDING his 60th consecutive Pirates opening day, Blue Marrucii threw out the first pitch of the season before Milwaukee handed Pittsburgh a 9-2 defeat. The Cleveland Indians also lost their opening-day game against Chicago.
k THE FATHER of a child critically injured in a hit-and-run crash last summer has filed a lawsuit against two people he says are involved in the case.
Steering for change
k GM ANNOUNCED its chairman and chief executive Rick Wagoner will take over North America operations in an attempt to turn around the company.
WAR IN IRAQ
Medal of Honor
kTWO YEARS after Sgt. 1st Class Paul Smith was killed in a fierce firefight in Iraq, President Bush delivered the Medal of Honor to the slain soldier's family.
kA HELOISE reader gives phone card tips to soldiers' families.
News' changing face
k THE RETIREMENT of four major news personalities leaves big shoes for younger journalists to fill.
k THE LEADER of the African nation says the election results give him power to do whatever he wants, which could lead to terrorism. A Vindicator editorial.