- The Washington Times - Friday, September 22, 2000

Judge: Edwards asked, 'Do you want money?

BATON ROUGE, La. A retired judge testifying in a fraud case against former Gov. Edwin Edwards rubbed his thumb against his fingers yesterday and quoted Edwards as saying: "Do you want money?"

The purported bribe offer by Edwards was re-enacted in the witness stand by Foster "Foxy" Sanders, who is testifying under a plea agreement with prosecutors.

Mr. Edwards' attorney said Mr. Sanders made up the story in hopes of avoiding prison time.

On trial with Edwards is Insurance Commissioner Jim Brown and lawyer Ronald Weems, all accused of helping the owner of a defunct insurance company create a sham financial settlement and trying to derail a proposed $27 million lawsuit related to its liquidation.

Teen sentenced in hacking case

MIAMI A Miami court yesterday sentenced a 16-year-old youth to six months in a detention center after he admitted hacking into military and NASA computer networks, forcing a three-week shutdown of the space agency's systems, the Justice Department said.

The juvenile known as "comrade" on the Internet pleaded guilty in a Miami district court to two acts of delinquency.

His name was withheld because of his age.

Oil royalty payout reaches nearly $2,000

JUNEAU, Alaska Practically every man, woman and child in Alaska will get nearly $2,000 each in oil royalties next month, the biggest payout since the annual checks were first issued in 1982.

The booming stock market was credited with the 11 percent increase over last year's dividend from the Alaska Permanent Fund.

More than 585,000 Alaskans everyone who lived in the state for all of 1999 will get $1,963.86.

Gonorrhea increasingly resistant to treatment

ATLANTA Gonorrhea is growing more difficult to treat, building up resistance to two antibiotics, government researchers reported yesterday.

In Hawaii, strains of the sexually transmitted disease that resist fluoroquinolone antibiotics, a common treatment, jumped from 1.4 percent in 1997 to 9.5 percent last year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported.

The government recommends three other antibiotics to treat gonorrhea, all of them more expensive.

Miss America Pageant sues talk-show host

PHILADELPHIA The Miss America Pageant has sued radio talk-show host Howard Eskin for slander after he said the contest was fixed. Mr. Eskin said he was joking.

The beauty pageant filed suit Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Camden, N.J.

The suit contends that Mr. Eskin's remarks might raise doubts that could hurt the pageant's ability to raise scholarship money.

Tropical Storm brews in Gulf of Mexico

MIAMI A new tropical storm, given the name Helene, brewed in the Gulf of Mexico yesterday and headed for the U.S. coast, but was not expected to strengthen into a hurricane.

A tropical-storm warning was issued from the mouth of the Pearl River on the Louisiana-Mississippi border eastward to the mouth of the Aucilla River, Fla.

Helene was centered about 265 miles south of Pensacola, Fla., yesterday. It was moving north-northwest at a speed of 13 mph with winds of 50 mph, the National Hurricane Center in Miami said.

The National Hurricane Center warned that storm-surge flooding about 3 to 5 feet above normal tide levels, as well as battering waves, could be expected near and to the east of where it hits land. Up to eight inches of rain was likely.

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