- The Washington Times - Wednesday, December 6, 2000

Ruff memorial service to be held Dec. 16

A memorial service will be held Dec. 16 at the National Cathedral for former White House Counsel Charles F.C. Ruff, the Washington lawyer who died of a heart attack. President Clinton will attend the service.
Mr. Ruff, 61, was found unconscious in the bedroom of his Cleveland Park home Nov. 19 shortly after 8 p.m. Paramedics called to the scene by his wife, Sue, were unable to revive him. He was pronounced dead at D.C. General Hospital. A private funeral service was held Thanksgiving weekend for family members. The memorial service is scheduled to begin at 10:30 a.m.
A Watergate special prosecutor, U.S. attorney, D.C. corporation counsel, president of the District of Columbia Bar and counsel to the president, Mr. Ruff had been a Covington & Burling partner since he resigned as U.S. attorney for the District in 1982.
In 1997, Mr. Clinton asked him to be White House counsel. Two years later, he successfully defended the president during the impeachment trial.

Cuban-Americans absent from jury in spy trial

MIAMI A jury that includes no Cuban-Americans was seated yesterday in the trial of five men accused of spying for Cuba.
Five Hispanics were chosen. But at the defense's insistence, no one with strong family ties to Cuba was picked. The jury also includes three blacks, three non-Hispanic whites and an Asian.
The Miami-area residents were arrested in 1998. Opening statements are set for today.
In all, 14 persons were accused of plotting to infiltrate Miami exile groups. Five pleaded guilty and received sentences of up to seven years behind bars. Four are fugitives believed to be in Cuba.

Texas lawmaker elected to lead black caucus

A four-term Texas lawmaker has been tapped as Congressional Black Caucus chairman.
Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson, a Democrat, was elected by the 38-member caucus in a closed-door meeting yesterday.
In light of the suspected voting irregularities in Florida from the presidential election, Miss Johnson said, she plans to make protection of voting rights a top issue of the all-Democratic caucus.
She succeeds Rep. James E. Clyburn, South Carolina Democrat, who was prevented from seeking another term as caucus chairman due to term limits.
The caucus elected Elijah E. Cummings of Maryland as first vice chairman, Sheila Jackson Lee of Texas as second vice chairman, Bobby Rush of Illinois as secretary and Gregory Meeks of New York as whip.

EPA to push dredging Hudson River of PCBs

ALBANY, N.Y. The Environmental Protection Agency will recommend a $460 million "targeted dredging" of PCB-contaminated pockets of the upper Hudson River, agency officials said yesterday.
The EPA will recommend the removal of 2.65 million pounds of sediment from so-called PCB hot spots along a 40-mile stretch of the river north of Albany. The dredging would take five years to do and could begin in 2003.
The EPA must take into account public comments before making its final decision in June. Much of the PCBs were released decades ago by General Electric.
"It's what the science tells us is necessary to protect the health of the Hudson," EPA Administrator Carol M. Browner said yesterday. She will officially announce the plan today in New York City.

Autopsy says police shot actor in back

LOS ANGELES An actor killed by a Los Angeles policeman investigating a noisy Halloween party was shot three times in the back and once in the back of the head, according to an autopsy report released yesterday.
The report touched off immediate controversy. Lawyers for the family of slain actor Anthony Dwain Lee said it contradicted police accounts that Mr. Lee pointed a fake .357 Magnum handgun at Officer Tarriel Hopper and was shot in response.
But Los Angeles Police Chief Bernard Parks insisted there was no contradiction.
"There is no expectation from an officer standpoint that you can only shoot at certain parts of the body … and a person can move very quickly," he told reporters.

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