- The Washington Times - Thursday, August 9, 2001

Court allows play about gay Christ figure
FORT WAYNE, Ind. — A federal appeals court has ruled that a student play portraying a homosexual Christ-like figure can continue.
Led by former Republican gubernatorial candidate John Price, a group of Fort Wayne residents opposed to the production of "Corpus Christi" sued to stop the play, arguing that staging it on state university property violated the constitutional separation of church and state.
But U.S. District Judge William C. Lee disagreed, saying in his July ruling that stopping the play would infringe on the students' free-speech rights. In its decision released on Tuesday, the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago upheld Judge Lee's decision 2-1.

Illinois governor won't seek 2nd term
KANKAKEE, Ill. — Gov. George Ryan, whose moratorium on executions made him a favorite of liberals while a corruption scandal whittled his popularity in Illinois, announced yesterday he would not seek a second term in 2002.
"The governorship should not become mired in the political divisions of a campaign year," said Mr. Ryan, 67, who has held statewide office since his election as lieutenant governor in 1983. "That's why I will not be a candidate for re-election in 2002."
Supporters waved signs and fellow Republican leaders some of whom had questioned his ability to win re-election praised the governor's accomplishments at an event that was part campaign-style rally and part political memorial service at his hometown's county courthouse.
Mr. Ryan has been dogged throughout his term by an ongoing federal investigation of a bribes-for-driver's licenses scandal that began when he was secretary of state. He has not been accused of wrongdoing.
Republican Attorney General Jim Ryan has scheduled his own announcement today, when he is expected to begin a bid for governor.

New OxyContin formula to deter addicts
The maker of the prescription medication OxyContin announced plans yesterday to deliver a substitute to market, hoping to stem the popular painkiller's role as one of the hottest drugs among American substance abusers.
OxyContin, one of the strongest pain relievers on the market, has rapidly become the most widely used prescription painkiller in the country.
But the time-release pill delivers an instant "high" when crushed and swallowed, snorted or injected, leading to widespread abuse. The active ingredient in the painkiller is oxycodone, a synthetic drug similar to morphine.
Officials at Connecticut-based manufacturer Purdue Pharma said the new medication, still unnamed, will be as effective in providing pain relief but less susceptible to abuse and addiction.
Purdue spokesman Robin Hogen said a patent for the medication would be published today.
"Abusers will not experience euphoria," explained Paul Goldheim, executive vice president for research and development at the company, which spent tens of millions of dollars to research and develop an abuse-resistant painkiller.

USS Cole repairs to cost $250 million
JACKSON, Miss. — The estimated cost to repair the bomb-damaged USS Cole is nearly $250 million, about one-quarter of the ship's price tag, a government official said yesterday.
The Navy guided-missile destroyer was bombed in a terrorist attack nine months ago. The explosion killed 17 U.S. sailors and blew a 40-by-40-foot hole in the hull.

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