- The Washington Times - Friday, May 4, 2007

Paris Hilton gets 45-day sentence

LOS ANGELES — A judge sentenced Paris Hilton to 45 days in jail yesterday for violating her probation, putting the brakes on the hotel heiress’ famous high life.

Hilton, who parlayed her name and relentless partying into worldwide notoriety, must go to jail on June 5 and she will not be allowed any work release, furloughs, use of an alternative jail or any electronic monitoring in lieu of jail, Superior Court Judge Michael T. Sauer ruled after a hearing.

The judge ruled that she was in violation of the terms of her probation in an alcohol-related reckless driving case.

“I’m very sorry and from now on I’m going to pay complete attention to everything. I’m sorry and I did not do it on purpose at all,” Hilton told the judge before he announced the sentence.

She will serve her sentence at a women’s jail in suburban Lynwood.

Kent State honors Tech victims

KENT, Ohio — Campus tragedies separated by more than a generation linked Kent State and Virginia Tech universities yesterday , as students on the Ohio campus marked the shooting deaths 37 years apart.

A bell on the campus of Kent State — rung each year to mark the Ohio National Guard shooting deaths of four students during anti-war protests on May 4, 1970 — first rang out 32 times to honor victims slain April 16 at Virginia Tech by a rampaging gunman.

“I choked up. It’s an emotional thing,” said senior Sarah Lund-Goldstein, who is part of the campus group that organized the commemoration. “We feel it’s very important to understand that a grieving campus is not just one from 37 years ago.”

NRA challenges gun sale ban

The National Rifle Association (NRA) is urging the Bush administration to withdraw its support of a bill that would prohibit terrorist suspects from buying firearms.

Backed by the Justice Department, the measure would give the attorney general the discretion to block gun sales, licenses or permits to terrorist suspects.

In a letter this week to Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales, NRA Executive Director Chris Cox said the bill, offered last week by Sen. Frank R. Lautenberg, New Jersey Democrat, “would allow arbitrary denial of Second Amendment rights based on mere ‘suspicions’ of a terrorist threat.”

In a letter supporting the measure, Acting Assistant Attorney General Richard Hertling said the bill would not automatically prevent a gun sale to a terrorist suspect. In some cases, federal agents may want to let a sale go forward to avoid compromising an ongoing investigation.

Students to face steroid testing

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Some Florida high school athletes in three sports would be subject to random testing for anabolic steroids as part of a one-year pilot program passed yesterday by the Legislature.

One percent of students who compete in football, baseball and weightlifting during the 2007-08 school year would be tested under the legislation, which would become effective July 1 if Gov. Charlie Crist signs it.

The Florida High School Athletics Association would oversee the tests of all of its 426 public and 224 private schools. The bill includes $100,000 to pay for the testing.

City to limit gun purchases

PHILADELPHIA — The City Council approved limits to gun purchases with the promise to sue state lawmakers to enforce it, saying the city could no longer wait for the Legislature as the murder rate skyrockets.

Only state lawmakers can enact firearms laws in Pennsylvania. But with 137 homicides in Philadelphia so far this year, Councilman Darrell Clarke said the city had to do something.

“It’s utterly ridiculous where we are right now. It’s an aberration when somebody doesn’t get killed,” Mr. Clarke said. “We can’t wait any longer.”

Robber suspects dressed as presidents

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Usually bank robbers just wear a mask.

But police say two robbers dressed as Ronald Reagan and Richard Nixon last month in two heists in Bowling Green, Ky.

William R. Hendrick, 57, and Richard Parrott, 58, were arrested Wednesday. The pair, who both were convicted of bank robbery in Florida in the 1980s, face federal armed bank robbery charges.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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