- The Washington Times - Wednesday, November 29, 2000

Clinton won't sign spending resolution

President Clinton does not plan to sign legislation to keep federal spending at current levels until Jan. 20, Inauguration Day, which would leave Congress' unresolved issues to the next president to handle.
Agreements have yet to be reached with Congress on several matters, but White House spokesman Jake Siewert said yesterday that Mr. Clinton does not plan to pass them to the next president by signing a long-term continuing resolution.
Congress returns next week to wrap up the year's business.

Technique increases detection of cancer

CHICAGO A mammography technique that uses computer technology increased detection of breast cancer by 20 percent in one test among women who had no symptoms, according to a study released yesterday.
The technique, called computer-aided detection or CAD, was developed a number of years ago but only now is undergoing clinical trials, according to the study presented at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America.
In the largest such study to date, researchers at Women's Diagnostic and Breast Health Center in Plano, Texas, said they screened 12,860 women for breast cancer utilizing CAD to interpret each mammogram. Using CAD increased the number of cancers detected by 20 percent, and all eight additional cancers were in early stages, when they are most easily treated.

Chainsaw vandal attacks redwood

SAN FRANCISCO A chainsaw-wielding vandal has hacked a deep, potentially dangerous gash in the majestic 1,000-year-old redwood tree where environmental activist Julia Butterfly Hill staged a two-year "tree sit" protest against logging, associates said yesterday.
The Circle of Light Foundation, which has campaigned along with Miss Hill to save the 200-foot high tree she dubbed "Luna," said the attack was discovered over the weekend by visitors to northern California's Humboldt County.
"While the tree is still alive and standing, Luna is extremely vulnerable to a windstorm. Judging from the precision of the cut and the fresh sawdust, the criminal action appears to have been committed by an experienced tree-feller within the last few days," the foundation said in a news release.

Henry B. Gonzalez, 84, ex-congressman, dies

SAN ANTONIO Former Rep. Henry B. Gonzalez, whose 37 years on Capitol Hill were marked by a passionate defense of the common man and sometimes quixotic battles, died yesterday. He was 84.

Family members took him to Baptist Medical Center early yesterday after he complained of feeling ill, said Adrian Saenz, a spokesman for his son, Rep. Charlie Gonzalez. No immediate cause of death was given.

The senior Gonzalez was the first Hispanic elected to Congress from Texas and developed a reputation as a political gadfly in his 37 years in the House.

He called for the impeachment of President Reagan and President Bush for sending troops to battle without congressional approval. He also didn't shy away from tangling with his own party.

As chairman of the House banking committee, he pushed through bills that reformed the savings-and-loan industry and banking regulation and established interstate branch banking.

Downey back at work after drug arrest

LOS ANGELES Robert Downey Jr. was back on the "Ally McBeal" set yesterday with possible drug charges facing him after a weekend arrest, but he resolved to keep fighting addiction, his publicist said.
"He's concentrating on work and himself," said spokesman Alan Nierob. "He's a recovering addict. Recovering addicts have relapses. He's working hard at his sobriety as he has for the last 18 months."
Mr. Downey was arrested Saturday in Palm Springs, Calif., for investigation of drug possession, being under the influence of a controlled substance and committing a felony while free on bail. He is scheduled to be arraigned in a Riverside County court Dec. 27.
The actor, who was released on $15,000 bail Sunday, was staying at an undisclosed location.

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