Barry Levin found dead in veterans cemetery
LOS ANGELES — High-profile criminal lawyer Barry Levin, who helped handle Erik Menendez’ murder defense and more recently represented actor Robert Blake, was found dead yesterday at a veterans cemetery, officials said.
KABC-TV reported that Mr. Levin committed suicide. Officer Don Cox, a police spokesman, confirmed that a suicide investigation was being conducted by the FBI.
More hospitals set for transplants
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — While the world’s first recipient of a self-contained artificial heart recovers, other hospitals are poised to perform similar operations.
“We are very much interested in getting the next one done,” said Dr. Jaime Moriguchi, of UCLA Medical Center, one of a handful of hospitals approved to transplant the Abiocor artificial heart into a patient.
The Food and Drug Administration has given approval for five of the experimental surgeries to be performed. Hospitals in Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Louisville, Boston and Houston are prepared to do them.
Bush wants nuclear treaty to die
KENNEBUNKPORT, Maine — President Bush, who has often criticized a global nuclear test ban treaty, hopes the treaty will die in the Senate where it was rejected two years ago, White House officials said yesterday.
Officials noted that Mr. Bush had repeatedly voiced his opposition to the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty during the 2000 presidential campaign, calling it “fatally flawed.”
Seattle mayor hurt in assault
SEATTLE — A man struck the city’s mayor in the face during a community celebration yesterday afternoon, breaking bones under his right eye, authorities said.
Police wrestled the man to the ground and arrested him. Witnesses said he hit Mayor Paul Schell with a megaphone, KOMO-TV News reported.
4.6 million cans of formula recalled
Mead Johnson Nutritionals is recalling about 4.6 million cans of powder and ready-to-use infant formula because the cans have incorrect preparation instructions in Spanish that could lead to serious health problems and even death.The recall by Evansville, Ind.-based Mead Johnson includes about 3.7 million 16-ounce cans of powder Nutramigen formula and about 930,000 32-ounce cans of the ready-to-use version, the company and the Food and Drug Administration said yesterday.
Bartender challenges makeup requirement
RENO, Nev. — A bartender fired for refusing to wear makeup has sued Harrah’s Inc., claiming the gambling company’s dress code discriminates against women. Darlene Jespersen, 45, was fired last August after working 21 years at Harrah’s Reno, shortly after the company imposed the makeup rules.
“The policy discriminates against women by subjecting them to terms and conditions of employment to which men are not … subjected,” the lawsuit says.
Two Marines killed as armored vehicle flips
BANGOR, Wash. — An armored vehicle carrying Marines rolled over at Bangor Naval Submarine Base, killing two persons and injuring three others, base officials said.
The five were in a V150 armored troop carrier on a routine security patrol when the vehicle rolled over while making a turn, base spokesman Paul Taylor said.