- The Washington Times - Thursday, June 28, 2001

Comedian accused of lewdness with child
LOS ANGELES — Comedian Paula Poundstone was arrested in Malibu yesterday and charged with committing lewd acts upon a child and child endangerment, authorities said.
Miss Poundstone, who appears on the syndicated TV game show "To Tell the Truth," was charged with three counts of committing a lewd act on a child younger than 14, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County District Attorney said in a statement.
The popular comic also was charged with endangering three other children, the spokeswoman said. The charges could draw 13 years in prison.
The spokeswoman released no other details. Miss Poundstone, 41, adopted two girls in 1997 and has been a foster mother.
"I know Paula Poundstone well enough to know that these charges are 100 percent incorrect," her manager Bonnie Burns said.

Doctor blows lid on organ harvesting
An exiled Chinese doctor said yesterday he had been forced to skin the corpses of more than 100 executed prisoners and one convict who was still alive, before escaping what he branded as China's "evil" but lucrative organ-harvesting trade.
Wang Guoqi, a 38-year-old former army doctor and burn specialist, said in grisly testimony to a key congressional committee that he was a member of teams of doctors who removed organs moments after convicts were put to death and passed them on for sale.

Actor Martin Sheen pleads guilty
LOS ANGELES — Actor Martin Sheen pleaded guilty yesterday and was sentenced to three years' probation for trespassing at an Air Force base during a protest against the United States for building a missile defense system.
"If we went to trial and lost, I would have no problem ," Mr. Sheen said. "But the 'West Wing' might have a problem with it."

School board to refund taxes
ROCKFORD, Ill. — The school board has agreed to refund $30 million in taxes it illegally imposed to pay for court-ordered desegregation.
Under the agreement approved Tuesday, the school system will issue rebates of up to several thousand dollars to about 20,000 people who paid the taxes under protest between 1991 and 1999.
The district, about 80 miles from Chicago, began its desegregation efforts on the orders of a federal judge who found discrimination against black and Hispanic students.

Polygamist's prosecutor arming himself
SALT LAKE CITY — A county attorney who successfully prosecuted an avowed polygamist for bigamy last month says he received numerous death threats against himself and his family during the high-profile trial, the Salt Lake Tribune reports.
Juab County Attorney David Leavitt reacted by purchasing a handgun with ammunition, sights, a holster and a concealed-weapons permit and charging it all to the county. The bill to taxpayers is $742.60, according to records obtained by the Salt Lake Tribune through the state Government Records Access and Management Act.

Bob Dole undergoes surgery in Cleveland
CLEVELAND — Bob Dole, former senator and 1996 Republican presidential candidate, yesterday underwent surgery to repair an abdominal aneurysm, a weakening of the artery wall. He was reported as doing well, the Cleveland Clinic said.

Man finds fiancee, girls dead in garage
JACKSONVILLE, N.C. — A man found the bodies of his fiancee and her three young daughters clad in sleepwear in their home's garage.
A car also was in the garage, but investigators would not say if its engine was running.
Autopsies were planned on Robin Parker, 33, and the three girls, who were 10, 2 and 11 months, Onslow County Sheriff Ed Brown said. The girls' names weren't immediately released.

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