- The Washington Times - Monday, September 25, 2000

N.Y. Reform Party backs Hagelin

ALBANY, N.Y. The New York affiliate of the Reform Party yesterday turned its back on Pat Buchanan by giving its presidential ballot line to rival John Hagelin and then voting to sever ties with the national party.
After handing Mr. Hagelin their presidential ballot line for November, the leaders of New York's Independence Party voted overwhelmingly to disaffiliate from the national Reform Party.
Mr. Buchanan already has qualified for the ballot in New York as an independent.

Corruption probe targets Atlanta mayor

ATLANTA A widening FBI investigation that already has yielded corruption convictions of a contractor and county officials appears now to be targeting Atlanta Mayor Bill Campbell.
Federal officials will not confirm the probe, but Mr. Campbell has said he is being investigated. He recently lashed out against federal authorities, calling them "the forces of evil" and comparing the FBI to "the KGB in communist Russia."
The investigation is a political crisis for Mr. Campbell, a popular mayor at the end of his second term in office. The black Democrat has been in the national spotlight as a strong supporter of affirmative action and as the handsome face representing the city during the 1996 Olympics.

Girl injured by frozen Paintball

BROOKSVILLE, Fla. A 13-year-old girl suffered serious eye damage when she was hit with a frozen Paintball police said was fired by a disgruntled teen turned away from a party.

Whitney Burkhardt was struck in the left eye, tearing the pupil and iris and causing other damage, her father said Friday.

Dale L. Deweese, 13, was charged Thursday by Hernando County sheriff's deputies with aggravated battery.

The shooting occurred Sept. 8 at a middle school football team party after the host said she saw three boys by her home's fence and asked them to leave.

Angry words were exchanged, and the boys left. But an hour later, the Deweese boy returned with a Paintball gun, police said.

At least six persons were hit by Paintballs, which usually rupture and spray paint on the target, according to police reports. But the Paintballs that hit the guests apparently had been frozen.

Sex strangler gets life sentence

CLEARWATER, Fla. A man who strangled two women during sex but had his death sentence thrown out by the Florida Supreme Court has instead been sentenced to life in prison.
The court earlier this year threw out James Randall's death sentence and converted his first-degree murder convictions to second-degree murder.
The court reasoned the deaths of Randall's wife and later his live-in girlfriend while choking them during sex were unintentional, although prosecutors maintain he got a sadistic thrill from killing his partners.
Circuit Judge Susan Schaeffer was ordered to resentence Randall, 46, and imposed consecutive life sentences Friday for the slayings of Wendy Evans, 42, and Cynthia Tate Pugh, 27.

Man found guilty in girl's disappearance

FORT WORTH, Texas A convicted child molester was found guilty Saturday of aggravated kidnapping in the case of a 6-year-old girl who is missing and presumed dead.
Ricky Lee Franks, 31, will be sentenced Oct. 2. He faces life in prison for the disappearance of Opal Jo Jennings because of a 1991 conviction for child sexual assault.
Franks was accused of kidnapping the girl in March 1999 while she played outside her grandmother's home. Franks confessed to kidnapping Opal but told police he didn't harm her.

His last request: Vote for Bush

CANTON, Ohio An obituary for a 71-year-old Korean War veteran encouraged those who wanted to pay tribute to him to simply do what he cannot in November: Vote for George W. Bush for president.
The last line of James E. Fete Sr.'s obituary in Wednesday's Canton Repository read: "In lieu of flowers, vote Bush."

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