- The Washington Times - Friday, February 23, 2001

Family income a factor in child's well-being

There's a close connection between family income and how often a parent or caregiver reads to a child and how involved a child gets in after-school activities, according to the Census Bureau.
Children who live with two parents, and children from families in higher income brackets, typically are read to more often and spend more time in extracurricular activities, said the report, based on a 1994 survey.

Koch released from hospital

NEW YORK Former Mayor Ed Koch said he was "doing fine" yesterday after spending several days in the hospital recovering from pneumonia.
"I'm doing fine. I was released from the hospital this morning and I went to my office," said Mr. Koch, 76, who was hospitalized last weekend after he fell ill while visiting friends in Connecticut.

Hastert sets July target for tax package

House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert set a July 4 target date for enactment of sweeping tax cuts proposed by President Bush, saying yesterday that fast action was needed to boost the faltering economy.
"There is now more evidence on the table about why Congress should cut taxes, and cut taxes now, to boost our slowing economy and provide Americans better job security," Mr. Hastert, Illinois Republican, said in a statement, hoping to build support for passage of key components of Mr. Bush's $1.6 trillion tax cut package before Independence Day.

Factory worker wins $93.5 million lottery

CRANSTON, R.I. A factory worker claimed a $93.5 million lottery jackpot yesterday and said he plans to quit his job and buy a BMW.
Michael Goulden, 52, who won Wednesday's drawing in the multistate Powerball lottery, said he buys $14 worth of tickets per week.
"I think it's ridiculous to have this much money," he said.

Panel unsure on safety of no-smoking aids

Anti-smoking therapies and modified tobacco products have the potential to reduce the danger of smoking, but not enough is known about their use to be certain, a research panel said yesterday.
The Institute of Medicine, an arm of the National Academy of Sciences, studied the products intended to help people quit smoking at the request of the Food and Drug Administration.

GOP delays action on college accusation

The Republican National Committee yesterday delayed action on accusations that the head of the party's college recruitment arm sexually harassed female colleagues and misused party funds.
In sworn affidavits, Kathleen Kirst, Jennifer Gorski and Youmna Salameh accused College Republican chairman Scott Stewart of making unwanted advances and regularly speaking in sexually graphic terms to and about female employees during 1999 and 2000.
The three women said they are happy the party did not dismiss the case but expressed frustration that repeated RNC promises of a swift decision have not been kept.

City will destroy second killer dog

SAN FRANCISCO San Francisco authorities yesterday ordered euthanasia for the second of two dogs that fatally mauled a woman last month and banned its owners from acquiring any other dogs for three years.
A city hearing found the dog was "vicious and dangerous." The first dog was euthanized soon after the Jan. 29 attack on Diane Whipple, 33, in the hallway of her apartment building.
The huge attack dogs, owned by prison inmates, were in the care of Miss Whipple's neighbors, lawyers Robert Noel and Marjorie Knoller, at the time of the fatal mauling.
The death sentence will not be carried out anytime soon. District Attorney Terence Hallinan, who may file criminal charges in the case, has ordered the dog preserved as evidence.

Court kills case of fetal death

PITTSBURGH A lower court overstepped its bounds when it ruled a man could be prosecuted on vehicular homicide charges in the death of a fetus in a drunken driving crash, the state Supreme Court ruled.

The court said the state's 1997 unborn child law applied only to murder, voluntary manslaughter and aggravated assault cases.

"In the [Superior Court's] view 'the time had come' for the criminal justice system to expand its interpretation of the term 'person' to encompass unborn children," the justices said. "We are unable to accept this reasoning."

The ruling ends a vehicular homicide case against Jeffrey Booth, 27. He could not be reached for comment yesterday.

Nightclub owner implies Combs bribery

NEW YORK The owner of the club where a shooting involving Sean "Puffy" Combs led to the rap mogul's trial on bribery and gun charges testified yesterday that Mr. Combs and his associates implied they would "throw business" his way if he protected him on the witness stand.

Michael Bergos was called by attorneys defending Mr. Combs in the 1999 shooting that wounded three bystanders. He said under cross-examination by prosecutor Matthew Bogdanos that the business offer was the "overall feeling" of conversations with Mr. Combs, his investigator, and his attorney Johnnie Cochran.

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