- The Washington Times - Sunday, February 2, 2003

Clinton to release some of his records
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. Former President Bill Clinton has waived his right to restrict access to most records of confidential advice during his administration, opening the path for historians to study key decisions in the Clinton White House.
However, Mr. Clinton will not waive attorney-client privilege in matters such as Whitewater and the Monica Lewinsky-Paula Jones investigations.
The records to be released include exchanges among top advisers, staff counsel given directly to Mr. Clinton, and advice from non-staff members regarding domestic policy and appointments. Mr. Clinton would like the records released before his presidential library opens at Little Rock next year.

Bush seeks emergency famine relief
President Bush called for a 25 percent increase in U.S. funding to a total of $1.5 billion to provide famine relief worldwide, prevent hunger and "spare people in many nations from untold suffering."
Mr. Bush, in his weekly radio address yesterday, said he would ask Congress to approve $1.2 billion in emergency aid to feed the hungry worldwide in the 2004 budget request he sends to Congress tomorrow.
The amount equals what Mr. Bush requested for 2003. Lawmakers have yet to approve the final amounts, even though the fiscal year began Oct. 1. For 2002, Congress allocated $850 billion for hunger aid.

Fighter's death ruled homicide
SAGINAW, Mich. The medical examiner listed homicide as the cause of death of a Toughman contestant.
But law-enforcement officials said they would not seek criminal charges, noting the bouts are legal in the state.
Scott Wood, 31, of San Antonio died Jan. 24 at St. Mary's Hospital in Saginaw. He was taken to the hospital on Jan. 4, shortly after falling unconscious after winning his bout at Soaring Eagle Casino and Resort in Mount Pleasant. Toughman, a form of boxing in which contestants compete for small cash prizes, has been linked to at least nine deaths since 1979.
Dr. Kanu Virani made the homicide ruling after conducting an autopsy on Mr. Wood.
But Isabella County Prosecutor Larry Burdick said he did not plan to pursue a murder case because Mr. Wood's death was equivalent to a slaying committed in self-defense.
"From what I understand, we have mutual combatants engaging in a legal activity in the state of Michigan," Mr. Burdick said.

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