- The Washington Times - Friday, November 17, 2000

Feds search home of ex-Klansman

MANDEVILLE, La. Federal agents searched the home of former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke and seized boxes of documents yesterday.

FBI spokeswoman Sheila Thorne refused to give any details about the investigation.

She said agents of the FBI, Internal Revenue Service and the U.S. Postal Service searched Mr. Duke's home in a suburb of New Orleans.

The former KKK leader and Senate candidate appeared before a federal grand jury in New Orleans in 1999 as news broke that Gov. Mike Foster had paid him more than $150,000 for a computerized list of his supporters. There were two payments made, one during and one after the 1995 governor's race, which Mr. Foster won. It is not known whether yesterday's raid on Mr. Duke's home had anything to do with that matter.

Kimes admits killing missing millionaire

NEW YORK The male half of a mother-and-son grifter team convicted of murdering an elderly millionaire has finally admitted killing her and said her body was dumped somewhere in New Jersey.

Kenneth Kimes, 25, told police during an interview Tuesday that he threw Irene Silverman's body into a ditch at a New Jersey construction site, newspapers reported yesterday.

The confession comes after 28 months when both Kimes and his mother, Sante, denied any wrongdoing.

Despite the lack of a body, Kimes and his mother were convicted of killing Miss Silverman in a scheme to steal her mansion. He was sentenced to 125 years and his mother to more than 120 years.

Governor wants search for bombs in Colorado

DENVER Colorado Gov. Bill Owens wants the Army to carry out an intensive surface search at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal so that the state can be assured there are no additional abandoned bombs.

Mr. Owens said Wednesday he was making a formal request that such a survey be made a "high priority" by the Defense Department. Three unexploded, grapefruit-size sarin gas bombs have been discovered at the site in recent weeks.

The governor said he has the authority to order certain actions and noted that his time line on the issue is "very short."

The deadly nerve gas bombs were once manufactured at the arsenal, but the site was considered cleaned up and safe for tours by school groups and others until the first "bomblet" was found Oct. 16.

Kennedy cousin Skakel to divorce

STAMFORD, Conn. Kennedy cousin and murder suspect Michael Skakel, who awaits trial in a 1975 slaying, is getting a divorce, his defense attorney said yesterday.

Margot Skakel has filed for divorce from her husband of nine years, lawyer Mickey Sherman said. The two have a 2-year-old son.

Mr. Skakel, 40, is accused in the beating death of Martha Moxley on Oct. 30, 1975. Both were 15 and neighbors in affluent Greenwich, Conn.

Mr. Skakel, who is the nephew of former Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy's widow, Ethel Skakel Kennedy, awaits a Connecticut judge's ruling on whether he is to be tried as an adult or a juvenile. He faces up to 60 years in prison if convicted as an adult, but little or no jail time if convicted as a juvenile.

Liver transplants put under new guidelines

Liver patients who need transplants will be ranked using sophisticated medical criteria rather than how long they have been on the waiting list under a system endorsed yesterday by the nation's transplant network.

The new system, approved 32-0 by the United Network for Organ Sharing, is meant to ensure that the sickest patients are truly at the top of the list. The plan now goes to the Department of Health and Human Services for approval.

HHS officials, who have been demanding more sweeping changes, indicated they are prepared to accept the proposal for now.

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