- The Washington Times - Wednesday, November 22, 2000

Columnist dies of apparent stroke

Lars-Erik Nelson, 59, a columnist whose slashing partisan style made him a favorite of President Clinton, died Monday night.

Mr. Nelson, who wrote for both the street-smart New York Daily News and the highbrow New York Review of Books, died of a suspected stroke while watching television at home.

His death brought expressions of regret from Mr. Clinton and his wife, Sen.-elect Hillary Rodham Clinton, as well as former Secretary of State Henry A. Kissinger.

Mr. Clinton called Mr. Nelson "a fearless, independent, no-nonsense reporter and columnist."

Billy Graham passes job to son Franklin

MINNEAPOLIS Evangelist Billy Graham, 82, says he has no plans to retire, but has passed "the burden of running" his organization over to his son.

Mr. Graham chaired the annual meeting of the board of directors of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association here.

Mr. Graham and the board voted unanimously to name Franklin Graham, 48, chief executive officer of the ministry his father founded in 1950.

"I'm not retiring," said the elder Graham, who recently ended a four-day Florida crusade that drew 242,000. "But I now want to turn over the administrative and management burden of running the organization to my son."

Franklin Graham will continue as chairman of Samaritan's Purse, an international Christian relief organization.

Governor commutes death sentence

RALEIGH, N.C. Gov. James B. Hunt Jr. commuted a convicted killer's death sentence to life in prison without parole yesterday, hours before the murderer was to be executed.

Mr. Hunt, a Democrat, said he had questions about whether the condemned man who represented himself got a fair trial.

Marcus Carter, 32, was sentenced to die for the 1989 slaying and attempted rape of Amelia Lewis, who was beaten to death with a brick and left in an alley.

Wen Ho Lee sells story for book, TV series

SANTA FE, N.M. The Los Alamos scientist accused of copying top U.S. nuclear secrets and then freed in a plea deal will tell his side of the story in a book and a television miniseries, his lawyer said yesterday.

Wen Ho Lee and his family examined "numerous" book and movie offers before finalizing two deals this week, one of his attorneys said.

Lee signed contracts with publisher Hyperion, a branch of Disney-owned ABC Inc., and film production company Robert Greenwald Productions Inc. of Culver City, Calif.

Mass. may appeal abortion-protest ruling

BOSTON A federal judge has ruled as unconstitutional a new Massachusetts law that creates buffer zones around abortion clinics, and the state's attorney general was yesterday considering appealing the ruling.

The Massachusetts Attorney General's Office said it may appeal Monday's ruling in federal court barring the state from enforcing the new abortion clinic law.

The ruling sets up a legal battle over a law that was developed after a 1994 incident in which a gunman killed two women in attacks on two abortion clinics in Brookline, Mass.

Disabled woman becomes citizen

LOS ANGELES A severely disabled young woman from India yesterday became the first person granted U.S. citizenship under a new law waiving the oath of allegiance in certain cases.

Vijai Rajan, who has cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy and Crohn's disease, cannot speak and has the comprehension of a 2-year-old, was given a certificate of naturalization in a ceremony at the Immigration and Naturalization Service office.

The 25-year-old woman has lived most of her life in the United States.

Her father, Sunder Rajan, a naturalized citizen, spent years pressing for a change in law so that she could become a citizen.

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