- The Washington Times - Wednesday, October 4, 2000

Killer of Lennon loses parole bid

ATTICA, N.Y. (AP) State parole officials rejected a bid for freedom yesterday for ex-Beatle John Lennon's killer, saying Mark David Chapman hadn't lost his need for publicity, a drive that fueled his "most vicious and violent act."

It was Chapman's first attempt for parole stemming from the December 1980 shooting death. Chapman won't be eligible for parole for two more years.

Chapman was interviewed for 50 minutes yesterday morning at a closed hearing at the maximum-security Attica state prison by three parole board members, said Tom Grant, a spokesman for the state Division of Parole.

Blacks, Hispanics 70% of new HIV cases

ATLANTA Blacks and Hispanics accounted for nearly 70 percent of new HIV infections from July 1999 to June of this year, a striking change in what was once known as a disease of homosexual white men, the U.S. surgeon general said yesterday.

The groups hardest to reach in prevention campaigns high school dropouts, former inmates and the homeless are disproportionately black and Hispanic, Dr. David Satcher said.

Of an estimated 40,000 new infections over the 1999-2000 period, blacks accounted for more than 50 percent and Hispanics accounted for 19 percent.

The report did not say what proportion of the new infections involved homosexual men.

Clinton: Hillary foes aiming for me

MIAMI President Clinton said yesterday that special interests "would like to whip" his wife in the upcoming New York Senate election, and that many of them "think it's their last chance at me."

Mr. Clinton flew to Florida for two days of fund raising on behalf of Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Despite Mr. Clinton's efforts, figures that came out Saturday showed that Mrs. Clinton's Republican Senate opponent, Rep. Rick Lazio, has raised $10.7 million over the previous five weeks and still had $6.1 million on hand as the campaign entered the critical final month.

She reported raising $2.6 million during that time and having $2.5 million in the bank.

Students ask to write assassination recipe

COVINA, Calif. A high school English teacher is out of a job after assigning his students the mock task of picking an assassination victim and planning the killing without getting caught.

School officials on Monday refused to say if Andrew Phillips resigned or was fired after giving the assignment to students reading Edgar Allan Poe's "The Pit and the Pendulum."

Students said the teacher told them to choose a victim from outside Covina High School, detail why they made that choice and how to keep it secret.

Boy, 11, charged in bank robbery

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. An 11-year-old Florida boy was charged with bank robbery after he held up a bank with a steak knife in a failed effort to fund a trip to McDonald's, police said yesterday.

The Pinellas County Sheriff's Department said the boy walked into a bank in a suburb of St. Petersburg Monday waving the knife and demanding money so he could go to a McDonald's restaurant.

Chief justice takes stand

CONCORD, N.H. Chief Justice David Brock acknowledged at his impeachment trial yesterday that he spoke about a case involving a fellow judge with the judge present, a violation of court procedures.

However, Chief Justice Brock said his announcement about who would handle then-Justice Stephen Thayer's divorce case which he said elicted an outburst from Judge Thayer was not made to solicit comment from Mr. Thayer or other judges disqualified from involvement in Judge Thayer's divorce case.

When Judge Thayer's case made its way to the state Supreme Court a year ago, Chief Justice Brock had to appoint substitute judges because Judge Thayer's colleagues couldn't participate.

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