- The Washington Times - Thursday, October 5, 2000

Lawmakers propose restrictions on RU-486

Abortion foes in Congress introduced bills yesterday that would tighten standards for doctors administering the newly approved abortion pill, RU-486.

Rep. Tom Coburn, Oklahoma Republican, joined by Sen. Tim Hutchinson, Arkansas Republican, said the legislation was needed because the Food and Drug Administration, in setting rules for prescribing the drug, had "caved in" to abortion-rights groups seeking easy access to abortion. "Congress now has the unenviable task of correcting the FDA's mistake."

Kate Michelman, president of the National Abortion and Reproductive Rights Action League, said the legislation would impose restrictions that would "in effect negate the ability of doctors to prescribe this option for women."

Mr. Coburn said he hoped to get the bill to the House floor in the final days of this session. Mr. Hutchinson was less ambitious, saying he was looking to have a hearing this year and pursue the issue next year.

Lawyer for LAPD cops calls accuser a 'thug'

LOS ANGELES The first trial stemming from the largest police corruption scandal in city history opened yesterday with attorneys for four accused officers calling a former co-worker the prosecution's key witness an evil, lying thug.

Attorneys for the accused Sgt. Edward Ortiz and Officers Brian Liddy, Paul Harper and Michael Buchanan used the first day of jury selection to attack former Officer Rafael Perez, whose accusations sparked the scandal.

Perez, 33, received a lenient sentence for stealing $1 million worth of cocaine from a police evidence room in exchange for testifying about reputed officer misconduct in the Rampart anti-gang unit.

Ex-principal sentenced for making bomb threat

JOHNSON CITY, Kan. An elementary school principal has been sentenced to nearly three years in prison for threatening to blow up a school.

Steve Nelson, 49, who was principal of Johnson Elementary School, called in the bomb threat Dec. 9 against Johnson Middle School, prosecutors said. All schools in the district were evacuated, but no bomb was found.

Teen-ager admits tainting Whoppers

ROCHESTER, N.Y. A former Burger King employee admitted using oven cleaner and spit to contaminate Whopper sandwiches that sickened a sheriff's deputy.

Daniel Musson, 18, also said Tuesday that an 18-year-old co-worker told him she urinated on a Whopper.

Police said Musson, who pleaded guilty to a felony charge of first-degree tampering with a consumer product and two others, contaminated food over eight months ending in late April at the New York State Thruway restaurant 12 miles southwest of Rochester.

All three employees were fired in May after another worker reported the tampering to a manager and the deputy experienced diarrhea and nausea.

Family of slain teacher sues gun sellers

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. The family of a Florida schoolteacher shot to death at work, reportedly by a seventh-grade student, filed suit yesterday against the distributor and dealer of the gun used in the killing.

Barry Grunow, 35, was killed on May 26 in the final minutes of the last class of the school year at Lake Worth Middle School near West Palm Beach.

Student Nathaniel Brazill was charged with first-degree murder, and prosecutors will try him as an adult. Police said he was sent home early in the day for throwing water balloons and returned with the gun moments before the end of class.

Man leaves $500,000 to animal shelter

CHILTON, Wis. A retired tool and die maker bequeathed more than $500,000 for a new animal shelter and $5,000 to his schnauzer, Bozo.

Robert Hansen, who earned a Purple Heart as a tail gunner in World War II, apparently told no one about the gift before he died last Nov. 15 at age 78, sister-in-law Leora Hansen said.

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