- The Washington Times - Friday, April 27, 2001

Bill targets show business
Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman, Connecticut Democrat, says the entertainment industry hasnt kept its promise to quit marketing sex and violence to kids, so hes keeping his by pushing for a bill that would penalize companies that continue the practice.
The bill introduced yesterday would expand the Federal Trade Commissions authority to crack down on businesses that engage in "false and deceptive advertising practices." Entertainment companies found to be marketing adult material to minors would be subject to fines of $11,000 per day.

Feds crack down on Genovese family

NEW YORK Federal agents arrested 33 purported members of the Genovese crime family and 12 others on charges ranging from stock fraud to murder, threatening the stronghold of New Yorks most powerful organized crime family.
The arrests in New York, Florida and Nevada followed a three-year undercover investigation of the Genoveses, the largest of the citys five major crime families.
Among the 33 reputed Genovese members and associates charged in a racketeering indictment were the familys former acting boss Frank "Farby" Serpico and two captains, Alan "Baldie" Longo and Rosario Gangi.

Powell blames celebrities for drugs

Wealthy American drug users are a main cause of the cocaine scourge ravaging Latin American countries, Secretary of State Colin Powell said yesterday, pointing the finger directly at celebrities like Robert Downey Jr.
Mr. Powell, testifying before a congressional panel, said the main reason Colombia and other nations face difficulties in curtailing the production of narcotics, particularly cocaine, is the huge demand for drugs in the United States.
Though Mr. Powell did not mention Downey by name, his comment about performers who repeatedly take drugs was a clear reference to the actor, who was arrested earlier this week in Los Angeles.

Harvard gets ancient law book

BOSTON What is believed to be the first English law book more than 500 years old is now on the shelves of the Harvard Law School Library.
The volume is one of more than 1,000 legal texts that the estate of Henry Ess III, a 1944 graduate of Harvard Law School, donated to the library.
"Abridgements of the Statutes" is a collection of all English laws up to 1481, arranged by topic.
The Ess bequest also includes first editions of John Lockes "Essay on Human Understanding" and Thomas Hobbes "Leviathan."

Lawmakers introduce cloning ban bill

U.S. lawmakers yesterday introduced a bill to ban all forms of human cloning, including "therapeutic cloning" used in embryonic stem cell research.
The Human Cloning Prohibition Act of 2001 goes one step further than legislation introduced earlier this month by a senator that would ban "reproductive cloning," or allowing the birth of a cloned human.
The bill would make human cloning a federal criminal offense punishable by up to 10 years imprisonment and a fine of not less than $1 million.

Study says implants not cancer risk

Women who have had silicone breast implants do not face an increased risk for most cancers, according to a National Cancer Institute study of 13,500 women.
"The findings are generally reassuring," said Dr. Louise A. Brinton, a National Cancer Institute researcher and lead author of the study. "This does not raise a red flag. It helps lay to rest much of the concern" about silicone breast implants.
The study, published in the Annals of Epidemiology, compared the incidence of cancer between women who had received cosmetic breast implants and 4,000 other women of similar age who had received other types of plastic surgery.


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