- The Washington Times - Thursday, June 7, 2001

Torricelli seeks special counsel

New Jersey Sen. Robert G. Torricelli yesterday asked the Justice Department to appoint a special counsel to take over a criminal investigation of his campaign fund raising.

Torricelli lawyer Ted Wells accused the Justice Department of a "flood" of leaks about the investigation into Mr. Torricelli´s 1996 campaign since the Bush administration took office in January.

In April, Mr. Torricelli angrily denied accusations that he may have illegally accepted gifts and cash from a former political supporter.


Army colonel´s spy trial continues

TAMPA, Fla. — A retired Army colonel and colleagues of a man accused of spying testified yesterday they never suspected him of working for the Soviet Union, but said that it could have been done easily and the results would have been devastating.

Col. George Trofimoff, 74, former chief of an Army intelligence center in Germany, is charged with spying for the Soviets.

Col. Trofimoff is accused of photographing thousands of pages of documents and giving the film to a childhood friend working for the KGB.


Gene therapy method safe, study finds

An experimental new gene-therapy technique has proved it can safely deliver a healthy gene and shows promise as a treatment for hemophilia, researchers report.

Hemophilia patients do not have enough of a blood-clotting protein because of a genetic defect. The goal of gene therapy is to get the body to produce the protein by putting normal genes back into the patient.

Researchers at Boston´s Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center tested the gene-transfer technology, developed by the Cambridge, Mass.-based Transkaryotic Therapies Inc., which funded the study.


L.A. police sued over leak

LOS ANGELES — An informant who says he told investigators about a link between police officers and a rap music mogul is suing the department for reportedly leaking his name to reporters writing about the Rampart corruption scandal.

Kevin Raymond Hackie, a Compton police officer who also worked as a bodyguard for Death Row Records founder Marion "Suge" Knight, accuses the department of endangering his life by disclosing interviews he gave to detectives investigating the 1997 murder of rapper Biggie Smalls.


Hyde introduces AIDS legislation

Rep. Henry J. Hyde, Illinois Republican, yesterday introduced legislation that would increase funds to fight HIV/AIDS as part of a comprehensive strategy to combat the global pandemic.

The bill authorizes more than $1 billion for the international fight against the disease and initiates a $50 million pilot program for the treatment of AIDS patients.


Mayor´s girlfriend facing custody battle

NEW YORK — Judith Nathan´s ex-husband is seeking custody of their 16-year-old daughter, saying his ex-wife´s romance with Mayor Rudolph Giuliani has strained her relationship with the girl.

Bruce Nathan said his daughter is disturbed by all the publicity surrounding her mother´s life and has suffered problems in school as a result. The Nathans divorced in 1992.


Bush signs increase in military benefit

President Bush signed a bill Tuesday to increase from $200,000 to $250,000 the maximum death benefit for families of military personnel killed in the line of duty.

The legislation would make the survivor benefit increase retroactive to Oct. 1. That would allow the additional benefit to go to families of the 17 American sailors killed in the Oct. 12 terrorist bombing of the USS Cole in Yemen.

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