- The Washington Times - Wednesday, July 25, 2001

Settlement reached on judge misconduct

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — Judge Walter Williams is free to dispense at least some of his unusual brand of justice from the bench.

The state Court of Judiciary on Monday dismissed 22 of 26 administrative charges against Judge Williams in exchange for a promise to tone down his controversial style. If a three-judge panel finds otherwise, the judge will be suspended with pay for 30 days.

Charges of illegally jailing a defense attorney who muttered when told not to speak and holding a woman in jail for 77 days despite being authorized to keep defendants for a maximum of 30 were upheld, but set aside for a three-year period.

Bloomberg rules out return to company

NEW YORK — Mayoral candidate Michael Bloomberg said he has no intention of returning to his financial news and information company should he lose his bid for the city's top job.

Mr. Bloomberg will cut day-to-day ties with Bloomberg LP, the company he founded 20 years ago, campaign spokesman Ed Skyler said yesterday. "The company is moving on without him," Mr. Skyler said.

Mr. Skyler said that if Mr. Bloomberg does not win the election, "he wants to do public service," possibly including running for a different office or going into the nonprofit sector.

Mr. Bloomberg faces former Rep. Herman Badillo in the Sept. 11 Republican primary.

Candidates set in Florida district

PENSACOLA, Fla. Republican Jeff Miller and Democrat Steve Briese won primary contests yesterday and will face off in an Oct. 16 general election to replace Rep. Joe Scarborough in the Panhandle's 1st District.

Mr. Miller, a state representative, won 54.1 percent of the vote in the six-way Republican contest. Mr. Briese, who writes a financial newsletter, took 76.8 percent in the two-man Democratic race.

No Democrat challenged Mr. Scarborough in the last two elections in the heavily Republican district, which includes Pensacola Naval Air Station, Eglin Air Force Base and five other military installations.

Mr. Scarborough will leave Congress on Sept. 6 to spend more time with his two young sons and take a job with a Pensacola law firm.

Jews oppose proposed bus route

LOS ANGELES — A proposal to build a high-speed bus route down the median of a main thoroughfare has put the neighborhood's 6,000 Orthodox Jews in the middle.

Prohibited from driving on the Sabbath and other holy days, the Orthodox use the mulch-covered median on Chandler Boulevard to walk to the synagogues and religious schools in the Valley Village neighborhood, near North Hollywood. Many of them believe the busway will be a safety hazard.

Metropolitan Transportation Authority officials see the busway as a plus for the San Fernando Valley, home to more than 1.3 million people, who often endure long commutes in dense traffic. Under the plan, natural gas-fueled buses would pass every seven to 10 minutes at peak hours.

The agency board will vote on the project tomorrow.

Storms destroy turtle nests in Florida

INDIAN ROCKS BEACH, Fla. — Severe storms destroyed more than 200 turtle nests on Florida's beaches damage that biologists say is the worst in 15 years.

The total includes nearly 100 nests in Pinellas County, on Florida's Gulf Coast. The deluge Monday tore up stakes that marked the nests, flooded the nests and washed away eggs on Indian Rocks Beach, near St. Petersburg.

The storm hit in the middle of the nesting season, which runs from May 1 to Oct. 31. A nest can hold up to 100 eggs.

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