- The Washington Times - Wednesday, January 17, 2001

Teen-ager goes on trial in wrestling slaying

MIAMI A teen who says he accidentally killed a 6-year-old girl while imitating pro wrestlers kicked and slugged her repeatedly, inflicting injuries more severe than in many car crashes, a prosecutor said yesterday.
Lionel Tate, 13, smashed Tiffany Eunick's skull, pulverized her liver, broke a rib and caused numerous cuts and bruises, prosecutor Ken Padowitz said in opening statements at the first-degree murder trial.
Defense attorney Jim Lewis said the 1999 death was an accident.
"Lionel didn't understand that he could hurt the 48-pound girl if he punched her and threw her because he had seen pro wrestlers do that hundreds of times without injuring each other," Mr. Lewis said of his client, who is being tried as an adult.

Eating fish cuts woman's risk of stroke

CHICAGO Eating fish cuts a woman's risk of suffering the most common type of stroke, and the more fish consumed the better, researchers said yesterday.
Omega-3 fatty acids found in many types of cold-water fish is credited with preventing the buildup of blood clots that cause ischemic strokes, which make up 83 percent of strokes. The substances found in fish such as salmon, mackerel and sardines can also lower blood pressure in at-risk people.
"Our research suggests that women can reduce their risk of thrombotic stroke by up to 48 percent by eating fish two to four times per week," said study author Kathryn Rexrode of Boston's Brigham and Women's Hospital.

University to get record donation

DENVER A Silicon Valley entrepreneur and his wife are donating a record $250 million to the University of Colorado to develop technology to help people with disabilities such as Down syndrome and autism.
It is the largest gift ever to an American public university, according to the Chronicle of Higher Education.
The donation from Bill Coleman, chairman and chief executive of BEA Systems in San Jose, Calif., and his wife, Claudia, was announced yesterday.
The Colemans, who have a disabled niece, said they understand the promise technology can offer.

Doctors may increase pace of Reagan therapy

SANTA MONICA, Calif. Former President Reagan is growing stronger daily, and doctors may hasten his physical therapy, his spokeswoman said yesterday.
Mr. Reagan, 89, was listed as stable at St. John's Health Center, where surgeons repaired his broken hip with a pin, plate and screws in a 65-minute operation Saturday, said Joanne Drake, the spokeswoman and chief of staff.
Nancy Reagan has been with her husband since he fell and broke his hip Friday at the couple's Bel Air home.

New York to appeal school-funding decision

NEW YORK New York Gov. George E. Pataki yesterday vowed to appeal last week's court ruling ordering a restructuring of state school financing because New York City schoolchildren were not getting a sound, basic education.
A spokesman for the Republican governor said Mr. Pataki believed the executive branch, not judges, should devise how the state divides billions of dollars of state aid among its schools.

Study shows blacks do better at hospitals

CHICAGO A new study has found a racial disparity that favors blacks: Black patients at Veterans Affairs hospitals have lower death rates than whites.
The study of 36,509 patients treated at 147 VA hospitals compared 30-day death rates for six common ailments pneumonia, diabetes, heart failure, angina, chronic lung disease and chronic kidney failure. For all six diagnoses, blacks were less likely than whites to die within 30 days of entering the hospital.
Dr. Ashish K. Jha of the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in San Francisco said the disparity found in his study, published in today's Journal of the American Medical Association, is a mystery, since all veterans have the same access to VA hospital care.


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