- - Monday, June 13, 2011

CALIFORNIA

Rapture preacher hit with mild stroke

SAN FRANCISCO — The California radio preacher who predicted the world would end last month was recuperating Monday after suffering a mild stroke, his family and colleagues said.

Doctors have been monitoring the progress of radio host Harold Camping, 89, since he was taken by ambulance from his Alameda home on Thursday.

Mr. Camping’s daughter, Susan Espinoza, said her father was recovering but had not been doing his regular live broadcasts from the threadbare headquarters of Family Radio International, near the Oakland airport.

Mr. Camping’s media empire spent millions of dollars - some of it from donations made by followers - publicizing the evangelist’s rapture prediction over the past seven years.

CONNECTICUT

Mom in school case faces new drug charges

HARTFORD — A homeless single mother accused of illegally enrolling her son in the wrong school district was behind bars Monday, charged with selling crack cocaine and marijuana to undercover officers near another school in that city.

Tanya McDowell, 33, also faces pending drug-sale charges from an arrest last fall, months before she made national headlines when she was charged in April with larceny and stealing education services for her young son.

Ms. McDowell was arraigned Monday on the drug-sale charges in Superior Court in Norwalk, the same city where she is accused of illegally enrolling her son, now 6, in kindergarten last fall under her baby sitter’s address.

She has pleaded not guilty to a first-degree larceny charge in that case, which is pending. Ms. McDowell, who is black, has attracted national attention and support from civil rights leaders, including the Rev. Al Sharpton, who headlined a rally last week outside the school Ms. McDowell’s son had attended.

ILLINOIS

Veteran Duckworth resigns from VA post

CHICAGO — Assistant Secretary of Veterans Affairs Tammy Duckworth has resigned her position.

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