- The Washington Times - Saturday, June 30, 2001

Grocery store clerk wins $141 million
SAN JOSE, Calif. — Silicon Valley's newest multimillionaire is not a computer whiz but a retired grocery store clerk who won the biggest single-state lottery jackpot in U.S. history: $141 million.
Alcario Castellano, 66, stepped forward Thursday to claim the prize.

AMA executive files suit, gets fired
CHICAGO — The American Medical Association fired its chief executive officer less than two weeks after he filed a lawsuit against the organization, it was announced yesterday.
The AMA terminated the contract of CEO and Executive Vice President Dr. E. Ratcliffe Anderson Jr., "pursuant to the terms of his employment agreement," the AMA said in a statement.
Dr. Anderson filed a lawsuit June 18, the second day of the AMA's annual meeting in Chicago, accusing the organization of taking away his power to fire the head of the legal department after questions arose about a multimillion-dollar land deal.

NASA craft set to lift off
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — A NASA spacecraft is set for launch this weekend on a mission to study the oldest light in the universe — the afterglow of the Big Bang.
"We're going to launch a mission that will take the ultimate baby picture," said Alan Bunner, a NASA science director.
Liftoff is set for this afternoon. Thunderstorms, however, could force a delay.

Democrats expel reporters from offices
Senate Democrats announced yesterday they were ousting photographers and magazine reporters from their offices in the Senate to give Democratic leaders more space.
"This is gutless," said one photographer, referring to the eviction.
The announcement angered reporters and Senate Rules Committee Chairman Sen. Christopher J. Dodd quickly apologized and promised to change at least part of the plan.
"Mea culpa, mea culpa, mea culpa," Mr. Dodd said.
He said the reporters and photographers would be given similar space elsewhere rather than being placed into the already cramped daily newspaper gallery as originally planned.

Gravano pleads guilty to heading Ecstasy ring
PHOENIX — Salvatore "Sammy the Bull" Gravano, the mob turncoat who put John Gotti away, pleaded guilty yesterday to state charges that he masterminded an Ecstasy ring.
Gravano, 56, already faces up to 151/2 years in prison for pleading guilty to federal charges in the drug case.

Roger Clinton refuses to answer questions
President Clinton's half-brother is refusing to answer questions from Congress about how he got $250,000 in travelers checks from banks in Taiwan and Venezuela. The investigators are looking into the former president's last-minute pardons in January.
In a letter, Rep. Dan Burton, Indiana Republican, said Roger Clinton had deposited travelers checks of $125,000 on Dec. 15, 1998, $25,000 on July 12, 1999, and $100,000 on Nov. 30, 1999. The travelers checks were mostly from Taiwan and Venezuela, wrote Mr. Burton, chairman of the House Government Reform Committee.
"Who purchased these travelers checks?" Mr. Burton asked Roger Clinton's attorney, Bart Williams of Los Angeles.

McVeigh defense cost U.S. $13.8 million
DENVER — The federal government spent $13.8 million in public funds to defend Timothy McVeigh in the 1995 bombing of the federal building in Oklahoma City, a federal judge said yesterday.
U.S. District Judge Richard Matsch, who presided over McVeigh's trial, released figures compiled by the U.S. Justice Department.

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