- The Washington Times - Tuesday, August 28, 2001

Ex-Teamsters chief goes on trial
NEW YORK — Jury selection began yesterday in the perjury trial of former Teamsters President Ronald Carey, who is charged with lying about his role in an illegal scheme that funneled union dues into his 1996 re-election campaign.
The conspiracy led to invalidation of the vote in which Mr. Carey narrowly defeated James P. Hoffa, who is now the Teamsters president. Mr. Carey was removed from office and expelled.
The seven-count indictment claims that Mr. Carey, of Queens, N.Y., lied to a federal grand jury and to court-created entities set up to stop the influence of organized crime on the International Brotherhood of Teamsters.

Hearing date set in Poundstone case
SANTA MONICA, Calif. — A judge yesterday set Sept. 11 as the date for a preliminary hearing into charges of child molestation against comedian Paula Poundstone, with her attorney predicting the popular comic would be found not guilty.
Attorney Steven Cron, speaking to reporters after a judge set the hearing date for the 41-year-old comedian, said he had reviewed the evidence against her and expected her to be cleared of the charges.
"Everything I've seen from the facts of the case convince me that Paula is not a child molester," Mr. Cron said. "I know the charges and I know the allegations and Paula is not guilty."
He said the comedian, who was arrested on June 27 and charged with three counts of lewd acts on a child younger than 14 and three counts of child endangerment, was continuing treatment at a live-in alcohol-rehabilitation facility.

Shark-infested surf stays closed
NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla. — A one-mile stretch of beach where nine persons were bitten last week remained closed yesterday morning after officials spotted 20 sharks swimming offshore.
Beach Patrol officials made their decision after surveying the coast by helicopter early yesterday. They planned to do another flyover later in the day, said Deputy Chief Ron Futch.
The bite injuries to nine persons prompted the Beach Patrol to close the one-mile stretch of the shoreline south of Ponce de Leon Inlet on Thursday. None of the injuries was life-threatening.
About 10 surfers refused to obey the restriction yesterday. Beach Patrol officers have the authority to make arrests but decided just to warn the surfers about the danger.

NAACP says amnesty must include all groups
Julian Bond, chairman of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, joined union leaders yesterday to urge the Bush administration to include people of all races and nationalities in any illegal immigrant amnesty.
"We cannot have one immigration policy for people originally from Mexico and another for people originally from Jamaica, or Haiti, or the Dominican Republic, or Somalia or Ethiopia," he said.
"We've seen too much of that in the history of our country. Too much division based on where you're from or what you look like."
Mr. Bond made the statements at a joint press conference with two labor unions: the Service Employees International Union and the Laborers' International Union of North America.

Father fights unusual custody battle
NEBRASKA CITY, Neb. — A father fighting to keep his 6-year-old son from staying overnight in prison with his ex-wife, a convicted murderer, will be able to make his case in a trial, a judge ruled yesterday.
Otoe County District Judge Randall Rehmeier ruled that the dispute between Bruce Faust and his ex-wife, Kimberly Faust, will be decided in a civil trial. He did not set a date.
Kimberly Faust had argued her ex-husband should be held in civil contempt of court, saying he was violating their divorce agreement by not allowing their son to stay with her on visits to the Nebraska Correctional Center for Women.


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