- The Washington Times - Saturday, July 21, 2001

Shark attack victim taken off critical list
PENSACOLA, Fla. — The 8-year-old whose arm was torn off by a shark two weeks ago was taken off the critical list yesterday.
Jessie Arbogast's condition was upgraded to serious. He remained in a light coma but was no longer in immediate danger of dying, said Rob Patterson, a pediatric intensive care specialist at Sacred Heart Children's Hospital.
"Jessie is beginning to respond to external stimulation like changes in noise and light," he said.

Oklahoma governor rejects clemency bid
OKLAHOMA CITY — Gov. Frank Keating, rejecting calls from his pardons board, declined yesterday to commute the death sentence of a Mexican national.
"No compelling reason exists to undermine the confidence and integrity of the jury and the courts in this case. Therefore, I have this day issued an executive order denying clemency," Mr. Keating said in a letter to Mexican President Vicente Fox, who had phoned the governor to ask for a commutation for Gerardo Valdez.
Mr. Fox argued that Valdez, who killed a man who made sexual advances toward him, was not told when arrested that he could call the Mexican consulate, a right granted by international treaties.
The Mexican Foreign Ministry said it "profoundly laments the decision, which is contrary to international rights and the most elemental principles of cooperation between the nations."

Judge backs gay Jesus play
FORT WAYNE, Ind. — A federal judge yesterday refused to block a taxpayer-funded university from staging a play with a Christ-like character who is a hard-drinking homosexual.
Area residents and state lawmakers had filed a lawsuit seeking to prohibit Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW) from putting on Terrence McNally's "Corpus Christi," which also features 12 homosexual characters with the same names as Jesus' apostles. They argued that taxes should not help subsidize a play that attacks religion.
U.S. District Judge William C. Lee ruled the plaintiffs failed to show how staging the play would violate the separation of church and state and said the campus is taking no position on religion.
The judge also said "IPFW may not discriminate against the viewpoint of those speaking within the very forum they created without violating the First Amendment's free speech guarantee."

Support for Condit plummets in his district
In a dramatic sign of political erosion in "Condit Country," a new poll shows only 1 in 4 voters in Rep. Gary A. Condit's Central Valley district would now vote to re-elect him.
The poll by CBS News underscored the growing impact of more than two months of coverage of missing intern Chandra Levy on the seven-term congressman.
Asked if they would vote for Mr. Condit again if he ran, 53 percent said no, compared with 24 percent who said yes, a devastating reversal from Mr. Condit's traditionally strong local support.

Fugitive Einhorn returned to states
PHILADELPHIA — Former 1960s hippie guru and convicted killer Ira Einhorn was behind bars in a U.S. prison yesterday as prosecutors offered him a new trial.
Einhorn, 61, wearing a bulletproof vest and with his hands cuffed in front of him, arrived here earlier yesterday on a chartered plane from France, where he was arrested Thursday.
Fleeing U.S. authorities for two decades, Einhorn was tried in absentia in 1993 and sentenced to life in prison for the 1977 murder of Helen "Holly" Maddux.

Singer Mimi Farina dies of cancer
LOS ANGELES — Mimi Farina, younger sister of celebrated folk singer Joan Baez who was a singer in her own right, has died of complications of lung cancer, the Los Angeles Times reported yesterday. She was 56.
Miss Farina often struggled in the shadow of her sister, later dedicating herself to improving the lives of the ill and jailed.

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