- The Washington Times - Saturday, August 4, 2001

Pennsylvania Democrat set to retire
Rep. William J. Coyne, Pennsylvania Democrat, a senior member of the House Ways and Means Committee, announced yesterday that he will retire when his term ends next year.
Mr. Coyne has represented a district that includes Pittsburgh and some of its northern and western suburbs since 1981. He is the fourth-ranking Democrat on the Ways and Means Committee, which has jurisdiction over such issues as health care, taxes and trade.

Senate approves Dam, others for Treasury
The Senate yesterday approved the nominations of four senior Treasury Department officials whose nominations were tangled for months in a political battle about textile-trade policy.
Approved on a voice vote were Kenneth Dam as deputy Treasury secretary, Peter Fisher as undersecretary for domestic finance, Jimmy Gurule as undersecretary for enforcement and Michele Davis as assistant secretary for public affairs.
Henrietta Holsman Fore was approved as director of the U.S. Mint.
The nominations had been at a standstill for several months after Sen. Jesse Helms, North Carolina Republican, placed a procedural hold on them, blocking a full vote by the Senate.

Two plead guilty in 'rebirthing' death
GOLDEN, Colo. — Two assistants in a "rebirthing"-therapy session that led to the death of a 10-year-old girl pleaded guilty yesterday to criminally negligent child abuse resulting in death.
Brita St. Clair, 42, and Jack McDaniel, 48, had been charged with reckless child abuse resulting in death, which carries a minimum sentence of 16 years in prison. They each face up to 16 years in prison for the lesser charge.
The two were assisting psychotherapist Connell Watkins in an unconventional treatment session in Miss Watkins' home in April 2000.
The girl, Candace Newmaker, of Durham, N.C., was wrapped in a flannel sheet and told to break out to be "reborn" to her adoptive mother. Candace wasn't breathing when she was unwrapped 70 minutes later, and she died the next day.

Two elevated trains collide; 141 hurt
CHICAGO — A packed Chicago-area transit train rear-ended another train on elevated tracks during yesterday morning's rush hour, injuring 141 passengers, some seriously, authorities said.
The bulk of the injuries were bruises, cuts, and neck and back sprains, but at least some of the injured were seriously hurt as they were sent flying by the collision, according to spokesmen for the Chicago Fire Department and area hospitals.
The six-car trains collided just past a curve on the Chicago Transit Authority elevated line that carries commuters downtown from the city's North Side and near-north suburbs.
The tracks are about 20 feet above the ground, but neither train derailed.

Family of hostage awarded $314.6 million
A federal judge has awarded the estate and family of the late Rev. Lawrence Jenco $314.6 million in damages from Iran for the 18 months he was held hostage in Lebanon in the mid-1980s.
The ruling late Thursday by U.S. District Judge Royce Lamberth includes $14.6 million in compensatory damages to Mr. Jenco and his six siblings, or their estates, and $300 million in punitive damages.
Mr. Jenco, who died in 1996 of cancer, was taken hostage in Beirut in January 1985 while serving as director of Catholic Relief Services there. He was abducted by five armed men and held for 564 days before being released and allowed to return to the United States.
Judge Lamberth assessed the compensatory damages against Iran and the punitive damages against the Ministry of Information and Security. The Iranian government defaulted on the lawsuit, declining to answer any of the charges.

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