- The Washington Times - Thursday, March 15, 2001

Nurse convicted in deaths of patients

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. A former nurse at a veterans hospital was convicted yesterday of murdering four patients with drug injections in what prosecutors said was an attempt to impress her boyfriend with the way she handled emergencies.

Kristen Gilbert, 33, could get the death penalty. The case was tried in federal court, where murder can be punishable by death, because the crimes took place on federal property: the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Northampton.

Bill Clinton to get law school peace award

NEW YORK Bill Clinton, who is barred from practicing law, will be honored with a law school's "International Advocate for Peace" award.

The former president was selected for the prize, to be given Monday, by two student groups at Benjamin Cardozo Law School at Yeshiva University.

"President Clinton is being honored for his efforts in promoting peace throughout the world," the Cardozo Online Journal of Conflict Resolution and the International Law Students Association said in a statement yesterday.

Mr. Clinton agreed to surrender his Arkansas law license for five years in a deal earlier this year with independent counsel Robert Ray.

Discovery-Alpha dodge astronaut's space tool

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. The international space station and space shuttle Discovery had to dodge a menacing piece of space junk yesterday a large tool that was fumbled by an astronaut earlier in the week.

NASA did not think the 10-to-15-pound hunk of metal would come back to haunt the 10 astronauts and cosmonauts aboard the two linked spacecraft. But it did.

Mission Control ordered Commander James Wetherbee to fire Discovery's thrusters to move the joined spacecraft to a higher orbit. At the orbital speed of 17,500 mph, such an object could punch a gaping hole in a spacecraft, causing immediate depressurization and killing everyone on board.

FBI raids home of adoption broker

SAN DIEGO The FBI yesterday raided the home of the Internet adoption broker at the center of a trans-Atlantic custody battle over American baby twin girls, according to local news reports.

Although the FBI would only say that it raided "a house in the area," local station KGTV showed agents removing papers and a computer from the home in suburban San Diego of Tina Johnson, whose Caring Heart Adoption Agency reportedly got the twins first for a California couple and later a British couple.

Cincinnati police hit with profiling suit

CINCINNATI The American Civil Liberties Union and the Cincinnati Black United Front filed a class-action lawsuit yesterday accusing Cincinnati police of harassing blacks for the past 30 years.

The suit cited a long list of reputed police harassment against blacks, compiled by the lawyers in a series of public hearings.

Cincinnati Police Chief Thomas Streicher has said the police division has taken major steps to eradicate profiling.

HIV drugs seen as a good deal

Despite their high prices, AIDS drug cocktails have proved their worth in the United States, saving an average of $2,000 a year in medical costs per patient by keeping people out of the hospital, researchers say.

In a separate study, researchers calculated that AIDS drugs cost about $20,000 in the United States for each year of a patient's extended life making them a better value than many common treatments for conditions such as high cholesterol, breast cancer and heart attacks.

The two cost-effectiveness studies conducted by the Rand Research Institute in Santa Monica, Calif., and Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston and reported in today's New England Journal of Medicine, are likely to add to the fierce debate over how to expand access to HIV drugs for poor people and nations.

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