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Ethics committee rebukes Hilliard
The House ethics committee yesterday unanimously rebuked Rep. Earl F. Hilliard, Alabama Democrat, for campaign finance violations that "brought discredit to the House of Representatives."
The committee said Mr. Hilliard admitted the misconduct, a major factor in deciding that a letter of rebuke was the only punishment necessary.
According to the ethics panel, Mr. Hilliards campaign committee made personal loans, paid salaries and benefits of people working for corporations owned or controlled by Mr. Hilliard and his family, and converted campaign funds for personal use.

McVeigh death papers tossed off EBay
OKLAHOMA CITY A man hawking copies of Timothy McVeighs death certificate and handwritten last statement was booted off an Internet auction site after users thought his sale was too gruesome.
Roy Young, who uses the name "rabidroy" on the EBay site, said he planned to donate profits from the $8 copies to an association for Oklahoma City bombing victims.
EBay pulled the items off the auction late Wednesday after about two days, long enough for Mr. Young to sell 15 copies. Kevin Pursglove, senior director of communications, said the items violated EBays policy against promoting or benefiting felons.

Funerals held for two firefighters
LONG BEACH, N.Y. Some 10,000 firefighters, friends and family converged on two Roman Catholic churches yesterday for the funerals of two of three firemen killed in a Fathers Day blaze at a hardware store.
Harry Ford, 50, was remembered as someone other firefighters wanted at their side in a blaze.
"Hes an example for firefighters; hes an example for us all," Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani said. The mayor asked the congregation to give Mr. Ford a standing ovation so his three children could see the respect their father had earned in his 27-year career.
Firefighters from across the East also attended the funeral of Brian Fahey, 40. John Downings funeral was scheduled for today.

Billy Graham sits at latest crusade
LOUISVILLE, Ky. Billy Graham opened his first crusade in seven months yesterday, engrossing a huge crowd despite his 82 years and frail health.
"Some day man will stand before God," he told a crowd of about 40,000 at an athletic stadium. "If you go to hell youll be alone, and that is where youre going without God."
His voice was strong and his message well-received, although he delivered it sitting on a stool and not standing at a podium as he had hoped.
He has told reporters that standing is a problem for him, but that he would preach sitting down if need be. "I intend to preach as long as I live. I dont know how long thatll be," he added.

Supermodels condition improves to good
ATLANTA Supermodel Niki Taylor, hospitalized for abdominal injuries suffered in an April auto accident, has been moved out of intensive care, her manager said yesterday.
Lou Taylor, the models manager, released a statement saying Miss Taylor, one of the worlds best-known models, "has been upgraded to good condition at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta and was moved from the intensive care unit to a private room."

Man dangling from bridge rescued
DETROIT A scaffold on the Ambassador Bridge between the United States and Canada collapsed yesterday morning, leaving one worker dangling from a safety harness. He was pulled back to safety by co-workers.
The worker was taken away in an ambulance. No details about his condition were immediately available, but Lee Moore, a Detroit Fire Department spokesman, said the man could walk "on his own strength." It wasnt clear why the scaffold collapsed.

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