- The Washington Times - Monday, January 15, 2001

Reagan recovering from hip operation

SANTA MONICA, Calif. Former President Ronald Reagan had a good night and has begun eating a day after surgery to repair a broken hip, according to a statement issued by the family's spokesman yesterday.
"According to his doctors, President Reagan had a good night and remains in stable condition. He has already begun eating," Mr. Reagan's chief of staff, Joanne Drake, said.
Mr. Reagan, who will turn 90 on Feb. 6, underwent surgery on Saturday at St. John's Medical Center in Santa Monica to repair his right hip, broken in a fall at his home the previous day.
His wife, Nancy, remained at his bedside. She has been the former president's primary caretaker since his diagnosis with the degenerative brain disorder Alzheimer's disease.

Laura Bush requests privacy for twins

Laura Bush, wife of President-elect George W. Bush, appealed to the media yesterday to give their twin 19-year-old daughters "the same courtesy they afforded Chelsea Clinton," the daughter of outgoing President Clinton.

Mrs. Bush told "Dateline NBC" her daughters, Jenna and Barbara, were "pretty savvy" about life in the public limelight, especially since they were the granddaughters of former President George Bush.

"But what also really helps [is] if the press will afford them the same courtesy they afforded Chelsea Clinton," Mrs. Bush said, referring to an implicit agreement by the U.S. media to refrain from invasive coverage of the first daughter. Chelsea was 12 when her father won the presidency.

Ex-convict found dead near murder scene

SHIREMANSTOWN, Pa. An ex-convict who police say stabbed his mother to death and repeatedly slashed four other persons was found dead in his truck yesterday. He apparently killed himself, police said.
Robert Leon Cassel III, 28, was found 13 miles from the murder scene with what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head, police said.
Cassel's brother called police at 1:35 a.m. Saturday and said he was worried Cassel would hurt his parents at their home outside Harrisburg. When police arrived, they found the body of Cassel's mother, Diane, inside. Cassel's father, Robert Jr., and brother, Michael, 14, were both wounded.
Cassel's sister, Courtney, 18, and her boyfriend, Richard Reynard, also were found with multiple wounds.

King 'Dream' phrasing used in Rocky Mount

CHARLOTTE, N.C. Nine months before giving his famous "I Have a Dream" speech, Martin Luther King Jr. apparently tested the phrasing for the first time in Rocky Mount, N.C.
"My friends of Rocky Mount, I have a dream tonight," Mr. King told a crowd of nearly 2,000 persons. "I have a dream that one day right here in Rocky Mount, North Carolina, the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will meet at the table of brotherhood."
Mr. King gave his famous address at the March on Washington in August 1963. Scholars had believed his first use of the "Dream" refrain came in Detroit in June 1963.
"This is the earliest I've heard," said Clayborne Carson, director of the Martin Luther King Jr. Papers Project at Stanford University.
Mr. Carson said the speech wasn't authenticated until last week, when the Charlotte Observer found a transcript and a contemporary news account of the November 1962 speech in Rocky Mount.

Driver hits house, killing sleeping woman

CORNING, N.Y. A 41-year-old woman died in her bed after a drunken driver crashed his car into her home early Saturday, police said.
Police say 30-year-old Jorge Bueno of Corning was speeding when his car jumped the curb at an intersection, slid more than 100 feet through a fence, and into Julie Miller's home. Steuben County Sheriff's deputies said she died immediately.
Mr. Bueno was charged with second-degree manslaughter and driving while intoxicated.


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