- The Washington Times - Wednesday, December 13, 2000

One dies in shootout at Chicago rail station

CHICAGO A suspected drug dealer was killed and two other persons, one of them a police officer, were wounded yesterday in a shootout at Chicago's Union Station railway terminal, police said.
Witnesses reported as many as a dozen shots may have been fired when police confronted two men on a platform near an Amtrak waiting area. Passengers scattered and dove for cover, and one shop owner in the station said she quickly pulled down a security gate to hide.

Incumbent Minge concedes to Kennedy

ST. PAUL, Minn. Rep. David Minge conceded defeat yesterday to Republican businessman Mark Kennedy, a political novice who beat the four-term Minnesota Democrat by a certified 155-vote margin.
The race in Minnesota's 2nd District was one of two House races in the country where recounts were under way; the other is in Michigan.
Mr. Kennedy's win would give Republicans a 221-211 edge with two independents, counting the Michigan race as being called for the Republican. One House seat became vacant with the death last week of Rep. Julian C. Dixon, a California Democrat who had been elected to a 12th term Nov. 7.

Coalition speaks out on youth violence

A coalition of doctors, nurses, psychiatrists and public-health officials yesterday pledged to denounce youth violence as they have smoking, drunken driving and failure to use seat belts.

The commission, funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and composed of nine prominent health care groups and the Department of Health and Human Services, released a report yesterday on youth violence after studying the problem for a year.

They proposed a variety of strategies, including sending more nurses into the homes of pregnant mothers deemed at risk of violence, funding more school programs that deter bullying and advocating for more gun-control and safety programs.

"Violence in America can and must be prevented," said Dr. Howard Spivak of the American Academy of Pediatrics, a member of the Commission for the Prevention of Youth Violence.

Drug test halted after deaths

PHILADELPHIA Pharmaceutical giant SmithKline Beecham has halted clinical tests of a drug designed to fight strokes and heart attacks after a surprising number of patients died while taking it.
The 122 deaths are "totally unexplained," said Dr. Eric Topol of the Cleveland Clinic, who led an independent investigation into Lotrafiban and reported safety concerns to SmithKline Beecham after a weekend review.
All 9,197 patients involved in the Phase III study of Lotrafiban were being notified to stop taking the drug.

Domestic dispute blamed for murders

CLEVELAND, Tenn. Sheriff's deputies shot and killed a Marine Corps recruiter after he apparently stabbed his young son and daughter to death and set the house on fire.
Tracy Thacker, 39, took the two children, a 5-year-old boy and 9-year-old girl, out of Michigan Avenue Elementary yesterday morning. On the sign-out sheet under "reason," he wrote "to pay back mom."
Tracy Thacker and his wife, Holli, were separated and planning to divorce, authorities said.
After firefighters put out the fire, they discovered the children's bodies.

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