- The Washington Times - Thursday, April 26, 2001

'Sullivan Principles creator dies at 78
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — The Rev. Leon Sullivan, the civil rights crusader who wrote an international code of business conduct that helped end apartheid in South Africa, has died of leukemia. He was 78.
Mr. Sullivan devised the Sullivan Principles in the 1970s, after he became the first black board member at General Motors Corp. in 1971. The principles pressured corporations to divest from South Africa.

Judge delays ruling on Vieques bombing
A last-minute exchange of court documents prompted a federal judge yesterday to delay ruling on a request to stop the Navy from resuming bombing exercises on Puerto Ricos Vieques island.
U.S. District Judge Gladys Kessler also wanted more time to examine a ruling by another federal judge in Puerto Rico who denied a similar injunction request.

Court rejects Simpson appeal
SAN FRANCISCO — The California Supreme Court yesterday unanimously rejected O.J. Simpsons bid to overturn the $33.5 million civil court judgment against him for the deaths of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend Ronald Goldman.
Simpson was acquitted of criminal charges in the case in 1994. He then was sued by the victims survivors, found liable for the killings and ordered to pay $33.5 million in damages.

Robert Downey Jr. fired from TV role
LOS ANGELES — Robert Downey Jr.s latest brush with the law has cost him the job for which he won a Golden Globe earlier this year.
The actor was fired from Fox TVs "Ally McBeal" Tuesday, hours after his arrest for investigation of being under the influence of drugs.

Rumsfeld given time to unload stock
NEW YORK — Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld has been granted an extra three months to dispose of the stock holdings he agreed to relinquish as a condition of Senate confirmation.
Mr. Rumsfeld agreed on Jan. 18 that within three months he would dispose of investments and drop affiliations that could present conflict of interest problems, but Mr. Rumsfeld asked for an extension Tuesday, his spokesman said.

First game of T-ball at White House in May
The first White House South Lawn T-ball game will be held May 6 as part of President Bushs effort to revitalize interest in Americas pastime.
The game between the Capital City League Rockies and the Satchel Paige League Memphis Red Sox will feature play-by-play by announcer Bob Costas.

Agency downgrades California bonds
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A major credit-rating agency has downgraded Californias state bonds, citing the financial drain from its continuing energy crisis.
Standard & Poors reduced the rating on Californias general obligation bonds by two notches, from AA to A+.
The agency put the states general obligation bonds on a credit watch "with negative implications" Jan. 19, shortly after California began buying power for its two largest utilities, Southern California Edison and Pacific Gas and Electric Co.

Ex-governor, police sued over frisk
CAMDEN, N.J. — Former Gov. Christie Whitman is being sued by the man she was photographed frisking during a police ride-along in 1996.
Sherron Rolax, 21, claims he was targeted by New Jersey State Police because he is black and was victimized, in part, because the former governor — now administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency — and the troopers had a "cavalier attitude" toward racial profiling.

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