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The surgery was performed at the University of Colorado Hospital in suburban Aurora by Dr. John D. Mitchell, chief of general thoracic surgery at the hospital, and took about two hours.

“Doctors say it went well, and everything was routine,” the hospital said.

Mr. Speaker, a 31-year-old Atlanta lawyer, became the focus of a federal investigation and prompted an international uproar when he went ahead with a wedding trip in Europe after health officials said they had advised him not to fly. He also became the first American quarantined by the federal government since 1963 before being taken to National Jewish Medical and Research Center in Denver, which specializes in TB.

Mr. Speaker told CNN that the operation would remove the upper lobe of his right lung with the expectation that it would rid him of the disease.


$1.63 tax bill costs couple their home

SLIDELL — A missing property tax bill for $1.63 has given Kermit and Dolores Atwood “seven years of emotional hell” in a fight to keep their home.

The bill was sent to a defunct address in 1996 and returned undelivered to the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office. The Atwoods weren’t looking for it because they had owned the four-bedroom house mortgage-free since 1968 and had been exempt from the state tax.

The Atwoods’ home was sold at a sheriff’s auction in 1997 to American Land Investments because of the delinquent bill. The couple have won several court challenges since then and hope to withstand one more appeal over the property.

The State Tax Commission eventually nullified the 1997 sale, but when the Atwoods tried to sell the house in 2002, they discovered that American Land Investments had sold the property rights to Jamie Land Co., which then sued the Atwoods.

James A. Lindsay II, the company’s president, said his rights were violated when the tax commission didn’t inform him of its decision.

Now, Jamie Land plans to ask the Louisiana Supreme Court to take up the case.


Ex-Philippine officer sentenced in spy plot

NEWARK — A former Philippine National Police officer was sentenced yesterday to six years and four months in prison for his role in a plot in which he obtained secret U.S. documents in an effort to undermine the Philippine government.

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