- The Washington Times - Thursday, November 23, 2000

Gore's son pleads guilty to speeding

CURRITICK, N.C. The 18-year-old son of Democratic presidential candidate Al Gore was fined $125 and ordered to pay court costs after pleading guilty yesterday to speeding.

Albert Gore III, a high school senior, was arrested Aug. 12 while driving home to Washington after a family vacation on Figure Eight Island. He was charged for driving 97 mph in a 55-mph zone.

He pled guilty under an agreement with prosecutors. A reckless driving charge was dropped.

The judge in the case also temporarily revoked his driving privileges in North Carolina for a time to be determined by the state Division of Motor Vehicles.

Judge questions police jury foreman

LOS ANGELES The foreman of a jury that convicted three officers in the first trial stemming from the city's police corruption scandal told a judge yesterday that he did not engage in misconduct that could void the verdict.

An alternate juror claimed that foreman Victor Flores told her and another alternate that he thought the officers were guilty before testimony began. Mr. Flores denied making the remarks, and said he reached a decision during deliberations.

Jurors are forbidden to discuss cases until deliberations.

Superior Court Judge Jacqueline Connor ordered the special hearing to determine whether the jury improperly discussed the case but said she could not determine who was telling the truth.

Woman found guilty of murdering sister

OAKLAND, Calif. A woman was convicted of murdering her sister and stuffing her dismembered body into a freezer so she could steal the victim's identity and money.

Sarah Mitchell, 50, began posing as anti-drug crusader Stevie Allman, 52, in the summer of 1997 after the home they shared burned down. Mitchell claimed they had been victims of a firebombing and received $3,600 in sympathy checks.

Mitchell planned to withdraw money from her sister's trust accounts, prosecutors said.

Mitchell was found guilty Tuesday. The court will decide between the death penalty and life in prison without parole starting Dec. 4.

Hip protectors prevent fractures in the elderly

BOSTON Protectors that fit over the knobby end of the thigh bone can cut the risk of breaking a hip by 84 percent, according to a study in today's New England Journal of Medicine.

In the United States, such protectors could eliminate as many as 252,000 of the 300,000 hip fractures among the elderly. About one in four elderly people hospitalized for a hip fracture die within a year, either because of the fracture or its complications. Many of the survivors are permanently disabled.

Each protector, cupped like a hand and held in place by a stretchy undergarment, is designed to cover the greater trochanter, the knobby portion of the thigh bone that is next to the point there the thigh bone meets the pelvis. If a person falls, it sends the force of the impact away from the trochanter, protecting the hip.

The New England Journal study, led by Dr. Pekka Kannus of the President Urho Kaleva Kekkonen Institute for Health Promotion Research in Tampere, Finland, "provides strong and timely confirmation of the efficacy of hip protectors in subjects at high risk for hip fractures," said Dr. Laurence Rubenstein of the Greater Los Angeles Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

FBI joins search for kidnapped newborn

DETROIT Authorities searching for a kidnapped newborn asked for the public's help yesterday in looking for a boy who has six fingers on each hand.

Moses Champion was two days old when he disappeared Tuesday.

Authorities say he was taken out of his 18-year-old mother's room at Hutzel Hospital by a woman seen loitering in the maternity ward. FBI agent Stuart Carlisle said the kidnapper convinced Mary Champion they had been classmates.

Investigators are looking for a woman between 16 and 18 years old.

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