- The Washington Times - Thursday, April 19, 2001

Fonda files for divorce from Turner

ATLANTA — Jane Fonda filed for divorce from CNN founder Ted Turner, who said recently that their marriage broke up partly because of her decision to become a practicing Christian.

Miss Fonda´s divorce petition was filed Monday in Fulton County Superior Court. It says the marriage is "irretrievably broken" and there is "no hope of reconciliation," standard language under Georgia´s divorce laws.

The divorce petition indicates Miss Fonda, 63, and her billionaire husband, 62, have reached an agreement on the division of assets, but the agreement was not filed in court.

Kennedy kin trial witness admits to taking heroin

STAMFORD, Conn. — A key prosecution witness in the trial of Kennedy family nephew Michael Skakel admitted yesterday to using heroin before he testified to a grand jury that indicted Mr. Skakel in the 1975 killing of his teen-age neighbor.

Gregory Coleman, Mr. Skakel´s former classmate at a Maine school for troubled teens, made the admission during the first day of hearings to determine if there was enough evidence to try Mr. Skakel.

Mr. Skakel, 40, is accused of beating his neighbor, Martha Moxley, to death with a golf club on the night of Oct. 30, 1975, in their exclusive neighborhood in Greenwich, Conn. Both Mr. Skakel and Miss Moxley were 15 at the time.

Texas halts vote on hate-crimes bill

AUSTIN, Texas — The Texas Legislature yesterday abruptly stopped voting on hate-crimes legislation after the governor persuaded key Republicans to pull their support, a sponsor said.

"It is my understanding that the governor has gotten involved and has discouraged members from voting to bring the bill up," said Sen. Rodney Ellis, Houston Democrat. "I can´t prove that. You´d have to ask the governor."

Gov. Rick Perry´s spokeswoman denied that the Republican governor persuaded senators to drop support.

"To my knowledge, there has been no further discussions with any of the legislators on that issue," Kathy Walt said.

The James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Act is named for a black man who was dragged to death behind a pickup truck in Texas in 1998. Separate bills in the House and Senate would make crimes motivated by the victim´s race, ethnicity, sex, disability, religion or sexual preference a hate crime and enhance penalties and protections.

One of oldest twins dies at 105

GREENVILLE, Ohio — A retired schoolteacher who was listed with his brother in the Guinness Book of Records as the oldest twins in the world has died at age 105.

Glen Moyer died Monday at the Brethrens Home Medical Center.

His twin brother, Dale, lives in Alvordton, Ohio, where the twins were born June 20, 1895. Their parents named them after valleys — a glen and a dale.

Pentagon panel backs MV-22 aircraft program

A Pentagon panel recommended yesterday that the Marine Corps proceed with testing and development of its troubled MV-22 aircraft, but said the tilt-rotor helicopter was far from ready for production and deployment.

The decision, which will be submitted formally to Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld Tuesday, was outlined by the four-member review panel at a public hearing on the planned $40 billion Osprey aircraft program.

Norman Augustine, speaking on behalf of the MV-22 panel appointed in December by Clinton administration Defense Secretary William S. Cohen, said the revolutionary aircraft appeared to be the best solution for the Marines to replace Vietnam-vintage troop helicopters.

But Mr. Augustine, former chairman of Lockheed Martin Corp., said the troubled aircraft needed much more developmental and operational testing.

"It is not ready," Mr. Augustine said of the planned $40 billion program. The Marine Corps wants to buy 380 of the aircraft, with as many as 100 others going to Special Operations and other U.S. forces.

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