- The Washington Times - Friday, July 6, 2001

Governor commutes Hale prison sentence
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. Gov. Mike Huckabee yesterday commuted a state prison sentence pending for Whitewater figure David Hale on a state insurance conviction.
Hale, a former Arkansas judge, pleaded guilty in 1994 to conspiracy and mail-fraud convictions in the Whitewater probe and served 21 months in federal prison. He became a top witness against Gov. Jim Guy Tucker, and against President Clinton's and Hillary Rodham Clinton's business partners, James and Susan McDougal.

Lawmakers sue to stop college play
FORT WAYNE, Ind. A group that includes 21 state lawmakers filed a federal lawsuit yesterday seeking to block performances of a college play featuring a homosexual Christlike character.
The lawsuit contends the play, "Corpus Christi," attacks religion and says tax money should not subsidize its production next month at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne.

Man dies after 24 hours trapped in cave
LANCASTER, Pa. A man who spent nearly 24 hours trapped in a mountainside cave in Pennsylvania died yesterday, when the tiny chamber's frail ceiling collapsed just as rescuers were at the point of freeing him, officials said.
Emergency crews were a single boulder away from rescuing Sharn Cleland, 24, who had been buried to his waist in rock since Wednesday, when the earth surrounding the narrow cave suddenly shifted.

Utah town passes anti-U.N. declaration
LA VERKIN, Utah Lawmakers in the small town of La Verkin, Utah, made a big gesture of independence on the Fourth of July, approving a measure that made it the first locality in the nation to declare itself a United Nations-free zone.
At a specially called meeting Wednesday, the council voted 3-2 in support of a resolution that forbids displaying the U.N. insignia on city property or spending city money to support the organization's global agenda.
Residents who support the United Nations will be required to file reports to the city of their activities and post public signs noting that they back the organization.
Council members in the neighboring town of Virgin, Utah, are expected to vote on a similar resolution July 19.

NAACP leader says no to boycott
JACKSON, Miss. Kweisi Mfume, president of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, said yesterday he won't recommend an economic boycott of Mississippi over voters' decision to keep a Confederate symbol on the state flag.
Mr. Mfume said he doesn't want to dictate what Mississippians should do. But after meeting with Gov. Ronnie Musgrove and lawmakers, Mr. Mfume said he would like legislators to change the flag, even though 64 percent of voters in an April referendum decided to keep the design that dates to 1894.

Four jailed in torture of retarded man
FREEHOLD, N.J. Four persons who tortured a mentally retarded man during a drunken party in 1999 were sentenced yesterday to between four and eight years in prison.
The defendants admitted shaving Eric Krochmaluk's head and striking him with shower curtain rods, a toilet brush and a string of beads. They forced him to wear women's clothing and to drink urine while he was taped to a lawn chair during three hours of torment.

Officer beaten with metal pipe
JERSEY CITY, N.J. An off-duty police officer was beaten over the head with a pipe after he asked two men to stop setting off fireworks.
Patrolman Dominick Infantes, 29, was on life support yesterday.
Benjamin Gavina, 42, and his brother, Alfredo, 40, were arrested on assault and weapons charges.

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