- The Washington Times - Friday, August 25, 2000

Mother arrested in Internet porn case

SLIDELL, La. A woman has been accused of plying her 11-year-old daughter with alcohol and drugs to get her to perform sexual acts in front of a camera that could be linked to the Internet.
The 45-year-old suburban New Orleans woman, whose name was withheld to protect her daughter's identity, was booked on several charges, including aggravated incest.
She was being held in lieu of a $75,000 bond.
Sheriff's deputies arrested the woman at her home Wednesday following a tip from FBI agents who raided the home July 5 as part of an Internet child pornography investigation, said Leslie Cooke, a spokeswoman for the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office.

Partygoer diagnosed with meningitis

LANSING, Mich. As many as 1,000 people who attended a "rave" where partygoers supposedly shared a pacifier dipped in the drug ecstasy are being urged to see a doctor because one of them has been diagnosed with meningitis.
The woman, whose name and age were not released, attended the party near Hoags Lakes last weekend, the state Department of Community Health said yesterday.
She was hospitalized with meningococcal meningitis, which can be fatal, but is expected to recover, said department spokeswoman Geralyn Lasher.

Kevorkian loses bid at release for ill health

DETROIT A Michigan judge denied a motion yesterday to release Jack Kevorkian on bond for health reasons pending his appeal of a second-degree murder conviction, his lawyer said.
Kevorkian's lawyer, Mayer Morganroth, said the 72-year-old killer's health has deteriorated since he was sentenced in April 1999 to 10 to 25 years in prison.
The former pathologist dared authorities to prosecute him after CBS' "60 Minutes" showed a tape of him administering a fatal injection to Thomas Youk, a Michigan man who suffered from Lou Gehrig's disease.
The euthanasia advocate who was complicit in the deaths of 130 persons, held at a medium-security prison in Jackson, nearly suffered a stroke recently, Mr. Morganroth said.

Singer gets $11 million in Arkansas crash

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. A jury yesterday awarded an aspiring opera singer $11 million for injuries she suffered when an American Airlines jet went off a runway last year while landing in a thunderstorm.
Eleven persons were killed and more than 80 were injured when the plane hit pylons supporting runway approach lights at Little Rock National Airport and caught fire. The plane stopped just short of the Arkansas River.
The lawsuit brought by Kristin Maddox was the first case dealing with the crash to go to trial. In it, Miss Maddox said the airline was negligent for allowing the plane to land during the thunderstorm June 1, 1999.
She had sought $35 million, saying damage to her voice box and hands ruined her dream of a professional music career. American suggested an award of $3.6 million.

CDC documents drop in teen smoking

ATLANTA Smoking among high-schoolers dropped slightly last year after climbing for most of the 1990s, the government said yesterday.
Government analysts attributed the drop to teen smoking-prevention programs and the higher cost of cigarettes.
"The good news is we appear to be cresting or starting to decline from the epidemic of the 1990s," said Terry Pechacek, associate director of the Office of Smoking and Health at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The CDC said 34.8 percent of high school students in 1999 reported that they had smoked a cigarette in the previous 30 days. That was down from 36.4 percent in 1997 and the first overall decline since the government's first such study in 1991.
The studies are done every two years.
Smoking dropped 17 percent among high school freshmen in what was seen as a particularly encouraging sign.

Sexuality, dress win asylum claim

SAN FRANCISCO A Mexican who claims he was persecuted in his homeland because of his sexual behavior is entitled to U.S. asylum, a federal appeals panel ruled yesterday.

The decision by three judges of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals expanded the social circumstances of persecution that immigration officials must consider during asylum hearings.

The case involves Geovanni Hernandez-Montiel, a homosexual Mexican who wears women's clothes and behaves as a woman.

He said he was harassed and persecuted by his family, school officials and police. He also was hospitalized for a week after a knife attack by a group of men who called him derogatory names, he said.

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