- The Washington Times - Tuesday, March 13, 2001

Kennedy won't run for governor in 2002

BOSTON Former Rep. Joseph Kennedy, considered the Democrat's strongest candidate for governor of Massachusetts, said yesterday he will not run in the 2002 election.
Mr. Kennedy said he was happy at the nonprofit Citizens Energy Corp., which provides low-cost heating oil to low-income Massachusetts residents.
"Running Citizens Energy has been a great and rewarding challenge. In order to devote my full energy and attention to the tasks ahead, I will not be a candidate for governor in 2002," Mr. Kennedy said.
Mr. Kennedy, 48, the eldest son of Ethel and the late Robert F. Kennedy, served in Congress for 12 years from 1987 to 1998. With his famous last name and ability to raise huge sums of campaign cash, he had been considered the front-runner if he decided to run.

Giuliani jeered by educators

NEW YORK Educators jeered New York City Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani after he challenged them to be more open to new ideas like charter schools and taxpayer-funded vouchers and said teacher pay raises should be linked to student performance.
"Excuse me, but I don't think it [public education] is working the way it should be," Mr. Giuliani told a conference of teachers and administrators who came from across the United States to study the "best practices" of public schools in New York. "The reality is, New York City spends $12 billion on its school system. If you can't do a better job than you are doing right now, it is not because of the money, it is because of the system."

Novelist Robert Ludlum dies at age 73

NAPLES, Fla. Suspense novelist Robert Ludlum, author of the Jason Bourne series of spy thrillers and "The Matarese Circle," died yesterday. He was 73.
Henry Morrison, Mr. Ludlum's literary agent since 1967, confirmed the author died but declined to give details at the request of Mr. Ludlum's family. Mr. Morrison said the family planned to issue a formal statement today.
The cause of death is believed to be a heart attack, said Matthew Shear, a spokesman of Mr. Ludlum's publisher, St. Martin's Press.
"It's a horrible loss for all of his fans and for his publisher," said Mr. Shear. "Fortunately, he had been working on several books and to honor him we're going to continue to publish him."
Mr. Shear said readers can expect at least three more novels.

Kennedys complain about ad with JFK

The family of slain President John F. Kennedy asked a group of Republican consultants yesterday to spike a radio ad for the Bush administration's tax cut that includes a clip of the late president pitching his own across-the-board tax cuts in 1962.
The letter from Caroline Kennedy Schlossberg, daughter of the late president, and his brother, Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, said the GOP ad by the consultants, directors of a group called the Issues Management Center, is "intellectually dishonest and politically irresponsible."
"President Kennedy's tax cut was responsible. Only 6 percent of President Kennedy's tax cut went to those earning over $300,000 in today's dollars," said the letter to GOP consultant Greg Mueller.
The Republicans said they would continue to use the ad, which reportedly is costing the consultants more than $50,000. "It's a policy ad and a policy debate," said Bill Dal Col, one of the consultants involved in the ad.

Monica Lewinsky may sue Jenny Craig

NEW YORK Monica Lewinsky reportedly is considering suing Jenny Craig Inc. for money owed for her stint as spokeswoman for the diet company.
The former White House intern told New York magazine that she has been paid just $300,000 of a $1 million endorsement deal with La Jolla, Calif.-based Jenny Craig and is thinking of taking legal action.
"I have to be careful, though," Miss Lewinsky says in the March 19 issue of the magazine. "They could come after me, and God knows I can't afford that."

AIDS activist is acquitted

PHILADELPHIA A prominent AIDS activist accused of leading destructive protests during last summer's Republican National Convention was acquitted yesterday of the most serious charges against her.

Jurors found Kate Sorensen not guilty on charges of riot, risking a catastrophe and conspiracy. She was convicted of a misdemeanor count of criminal mischief and promised to appeal.

Fifteen police officers were injured and 400 demonstrators were arrested in street riots during the July 31-Aug. 3 convention.


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