- The Washington Times - Friday, February 15, 2008


King memorial gets $1 million donation

The fund to build a memorial to Martin Luther King on the Mall is inching closer to its $100 million goal.

The Pfizer Foundation yesterday announced a $1 million donation to help build the four-acre memorial. The donation brings the memorial’s fundraising total to $91 million.

Harry Johnson, the president of the foundation building the memorial, has said officials hope to begin construction this spring once all building permits are approved. He said there is enough money available to begin construction with help from lenders and banks, even though fundraising is not complete.

The memorial will sit along the edge of the Tidal Basin, between the Jefferson Memorial and Lincoln Memorial.

Ex-Senate aide guilty of child porn

A former aide to a U.S. senator pleaded guilty yesterday to a federal child-pornography charge.

James Michael McHaney of the District faces up to 10 years in prison. He was fired from his job as a scheduler for Sen. Maria Cantwell, Washington Democrat, after his arrest last year. Earlier, he had worked for the 2004 presidential campaigns of Democrats Richard A. Gephardt and John Kerry.

Prosecutors said McHaney, 28, was at work when he tried to arrange a sexual encounter with a 13-year-old boy in November. Police later found child pornography in his car and home.

The FBI arrested McHaney when he arrived for the meeting. He was fired from his Senate job hours later.

He was initially charged with attempting to sexually exploit a minor, but pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of possession of child pornography. Prosecutors said he had more than 1,000 images of child pornography, as well as videos and DVDs portraying children as young as age 3 engaged in sexual conduct.



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