- The Washington Times - Tuesday, September 5, 2000

Teachers union says negotiations faltering

PHILADELPHIA Negotiators for the school district and a teachers union spent Labor Day at the bargaining table, trying to avert the city's first school strike since 1981.
The school year is supposed to start Thursday for more than 200,000 Philadelphia students. But after a weekend of contract talks failed to reach an agreement, the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers scheduled a strike vote for this morning. Under state law, the union must give the district 48 hours' notice of a walkout.
Teachers union President Ted Kirsch said yesterday that negotiations were not progressing, and that the executive board would recommend a strike.
The union wants smaller classes, more early childhood education, a new reading program and tighter school security.

Man lives with bodies for two months

GALVESTON, Texas For two months, an unemployed shrimper lived with bodies believed to be his parents, authorities said.
Sheriff's deputies who went to the home to check on the elderly couple late Friday found the bodies in a bedroom with the door taped shut, Galveston police Lt. Mike Putnal said. A daughter, who lived out of town, had reported Hollis Hisey, 85, and Sunnye Hisey, 91, were missing.
Lt. Putnal said David Sidney Hisey, 51, hid the deaths to collect his parents' retirement benefits. Autopsies had yet to determine the cause of death, he said.
Mr. Hisey was being held in Galveston County jail in lieu of $10,000 bail for two counts of abuse of a corpse, a jail spokesman said.

Thieves steal goods used for charity

ONTARIO, Calif. Firefighters raising money for the national muscular dystrophy telethon suffered a setback after thieves made off with a rented truck and $7,000 in supplies used to collect donations.
Off-duty Ontario firefighters had asked mall customers for donations in conjunction with the nationally televised show. Change and cash were being stuffed into firefighters' boots and earmarked for a local chapter of the Muscular Dystrophy Association.
But thieves stole the boots and the 15-foot truck full of banners from the mall parking lot. The boots contained no money.
Despite the theft, firefighters resumed fund raising and hoped to reach their $25,000 goal before the end of Labor Day.

Court to hear Indian money case

Federal officials admit that in the last 113 years the government mishandled $500 million in trust accounts for American Indians.
But they say U.S. District Judge Royce Lamberth overstepped his authority with rulings ordering a full accounting of the money and appointing himself overseer of reform efforts. He also has held two Cabinet secretaries in contempt.
The government is appealing Judge Lamberth's December ruling in a 4-year-old lawsuit brought by Indians, who contend they are due more than $10 billion because of the mismanagement. Arguments are scheduled for today before a three-judge federal appellate panel.
Lawyers for the more than 300,000 trust-account holders say the federal government particularly Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt is being uncooperative in attempts to get the money.

Man in prison for rape of daughter dies

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. A man serving life in prison for raping his daughter and killing two babies he fathered with her died in a Pennsylvania hospital.
Mendum Corvin, 66, died of a heart attack Aug. 14 while serving three life sentences, the Palm Beach Post reported yesterday.
Corvin pleaded no contest in August 1997 to a first-degree murder charge after police found remains of an infant in the coal cellar of his former home in Scottdale, Pa. The newborn girl was killed in 1970 or 1971.
In November 1997, Corvin pleaded guilty to killing another child he fathered with his daughter and burying the newborn in the yard of the family's Florida home in Boynton Beach in 1968.
At the time of the plea bargains, Corvin had said he wanted to avoid a trial so he could spare his now-grown daughter, Sharon Corvin Moore, from testifying.

Woman arrested after nearing Hillary

NEW YORK A woman tried to approach first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton during a parade in New York City yesterday and bit a Secret Service agent who stopped her, police said.

They said Yolande Bobb, 55, was charged with second-degree assault after the incident during the annual West Indian Day parade and is to be arraigned in Brooklyn Criminal Court today.

"Bobb tried to approach Clinton, and the Secret Service agent intervened and stopped her," a police spokesman said.

The unidentified agent was taken to a local hospital, where he was treated and released.

The Brooklyn parade is one of New York's most popular events.

It was not immediately clear if Mrs. Clinton was aware of the biting incident and it was not known why Miss Bobb had tried to approach her.

From wire dispatches and staff reports.

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