- The Washington Times - Wednesday, January 24, 2001

County to name Feb. 6 'Ronald Reagan Day'

LOS ANGELES Former President Ronald Reagan, who turns 90 next month, will get to eat his birthday cake and have a day permanently named after him, too.

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors will declare Mr. Reagan's Feb. 6 birthday "Ronald Reagan Day in Los Angeles," officials said yesterday.

Mr. Reagan's eldest son, Michael, will be present at a ceremony that day to honor the former president, who suffers from Alzheimer's disease and was released from a California hospital Saturday after surgery to repair a broken hip.

"As president and governor, Ronald Reagan brought hope, respect, dignity and principle to the Statehouse and the White House," fellow Republican and Los Angeles County Supervisor Mike Antonovich said in a statement yesterday.

"Through his leadership, and with the efforts of [British Prime Minister] Margaret Thatcher and Pope John Paul II, the Berlin Wall collapsed, we witnessed the end of the Soviet communism, and the hammer and sickle joined the swastika on the junk pile of history," Mr. Antonovich said.

Quick drug use helps heart attack patients

CHICAGO Giving cholesterol-lowering drugs to heart attack patients in the hospital can substantially improve their chances of survival, Swedish researchers suggest in another study underscoring the benefits of the quick use of statins.

In the study of 19,599 patients, those given statins at or before their releases from the hospital were about 25 percent less likely to die within a year than those who did not receive the drugs.

In the past, doctors have waited a month or two to prescribe statins, sold in the United States under such brand names as Pravachol and Lipitor, for heart attack patients because the attacks can cause inaccurate cholesterol readings.

The Swedish researchers said their findings suggest that statins also can help when used soon after an attack, when the plaque that builds up in arteries and causes heart attacks still might be unstable.

The findings in today's Journal of the American Medical Association come two months after an American Heart Association meeting where a study was released suggesting that victims of mild heart attacks are more likely to survive if given statins early.

Kitty Kelley to write next book on Bushes

NEW YORK It's the Bushes' turn for the Kitty Kelley treatment. The author of racy best sellers on Nancy Reagan, Frank Sinatra and others will write next about the current president and his family.

"With the inauguration of George W. Bush as the 43rd president of the United States, the Bush family has unparalleled international power and influence," Miss Kelley, who is receiving a seven-digit advance from Doubleday, said in a statement yesterday.

"Their history is an all-American story filled with rich and complex characters who brought them to the forefront of the world."

Miss Kelley's next book, currently untitled, is scheduled for publication in 2004, when President Bush presumably would be running for re-election.

Confession at issue in bombings trial

NEW YORK A Saudi on trial in the deadly 1998 bombings of two U.S. embassies in Africa asked a judge in a closed hearing yesterday to throw out his confession, arguing in court papers that American interrogators threatened to hang him "like a dog" if he did not cooperate.

Federal prosecutors say Mohamed Rashed Daoud Al-'Owhali admitted hurling a stun grenade at a guard outside the embassy in Nairobi, Kenya, just before a bomb exploded, killing more than 200 people.

Mr. Al-'Owhali, 24, said his confession was coerced by investigators who threatened him and his family, according to court papers.

The hearing, scheduled to last four days, will determine whether jurors hearing the case against Mr. Al-'Owhali and three other followers of suspected terrorist mastermind Osama bin Laden can see the confession. The dispute over the confession halted jury selection until next week.

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