- The Washington Times - Friday, April 28, 2006

Kerry’s ex-wife dies at 61

BOSTON — Julia Thorne, the former wife of Sen. John Kerry who turned her experience with depression into a best-selling book, has died of cancer. She was 61.

Mrs. Thorne died Thursday at a friend’s home in Concord, Mass., the senator’s office said.

In 1993, Mrs. Thorne wrote “You Are Not Alone: Words of Experience and Hope for the Journey through Depression,” with Larry Rothstein.

Mr. Kerry, Massachusetts Democrat, called Mrs. Thorne “a great friend to a lot of people.”

A memorial is planned for the fall.

Abu Ghraib official faces charges

The Army yesterday charged the former head of the interrogation center at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq with cruelty and maltreatment, dereliction of duty and other criminal offenses for his purported involvement in the abuse of detainees at the prison in 2003.

Lt. Col. Steven L. Jordan was charged with 12 counts under the Uniform Code of Military Justice covering seven separate offenses.

He is the highest-ranking officer at Abu Ghraib to face criminal charges.

A preliminary hearing, often referred to as the military equivalent of a grand jury investigation, will be held when Col. Jordan’s defense counsel is ready, but no date has been set, according to an announcement by the Military District of Washington.

City can sue foreign countries

NEW YORK — A federal appeals court ruled the city can sue foreign countries in U.S. courts for refusing to pay property taxes.

Several countries with Manhattan property near the United Nations have been battling the city for years over taxes assessed on the skyscrapers that house their consulates and diplomatic missions.

Under U.S. treaties, embassies and other diplomatic buildings are generally tax-exempt, but the city claims some countries are refusing to pay taxes on real estate used for non-diplomatic purposes, such as restaurants and apartments.

Two countries sued by the city, India and Mongolia, had argued that sovereign immunity meant they couldn’t be sued in U.S. courts.

In an opinion signed Wednesday, a three-judge panel of the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed a lower-court decision that federal courts have the power to resolve such disputes.

Limbaugh reaches deal on drug charges

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Rush Limbaugh reached a settlement with prosecutors yesterday in a fraud case involving prescription painkillers, though the conservative radio commentator maintains his innocence.

Mr. Limbaugh turned himself in to authorities on a warrant for fraud to conceal information to obtain a prescription, the first charge in the nearly three-year-old case, said Teri Barbera, a spokeswoman for the state attorney. He was released an hour later on $3,000 bail.

Limbaugh attorney Roy Black said his client and prosecutors reached a settlement on a charge of doctor shopping.

Under the deal, Mr. Limbaugh would see the charge dismissed in 18 months if he continues treatment for drug addiction, Mr. Black said.

Mr. Limbaugh entered a plea of not guilty in court yesterday.

Officer says he faces court-martial

Navy Lt. Gordon Klingenschmitt, who has been lobbying for permission to offer Christian prayers while in uniform, said his supervising officer told him yesterday he must choose between a court-martial or a letter of reprimand.

Navy Capt. Lloyd Pyle wants to discipline him, he said, for being at a March 30 press conference in front of the White House along with former Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore, who was removed from the bench in 2003 for ignoring a court order to remove a Ten Commandments monument from the state’s judicial building. Lt. Klingenschmitt has until Wednesday morning to make his decision.

From staff reports and wire dispatches

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