- The Washington Times - Tuesday, March 6, 2001

Lewinsky agrees to HBO documentary

NEW YORK Just as the details of Bill Clinton's affair with Monica Lewinsky begin to fade into history, the former White House intern has agreed to make an HBO documentary about the investigation into the scandal and its impact on the nation.
Miss Lewinsky told the New York Times that the passage of time has provided her with new perspective that would go beyond what she had revealed in her biography, "Monica's Story."
Sheila Nevins, head of HBO's documentary unit, said she believed there were still issues worth exploration, particularly "why this very minor event became one of such enormous magnitude."
The documentary is expected to air in January.

Sex-change deputy won't change job

SAN ANTONIO A Texas sheriff yesterday said one of his deputies who plans to have a sex-change operation will keep his job running the overnight drunken-driving patrol.

Lt. Brian Lunan's decision to become a woman is supported by the U.S. Constitution and the Americans with Disabilities Act, so he will not be taken out of his current job, Bexar County Sheriff Ralph Lopez said.

"In law enforcement, it's our job to uphold the law. The law allows him to do this, and we will support this like we support any other law," Sheriff Lopez told reporters at a news conference at the county jail in San Antonio.

Lt. Lunan, a 39-year-old father of three and deputy since 1985, will take three years to complete the process of becoming a woman, Sheriff Lopez said.

Prosecutors seek investigative grand jury

LEBANON, N.H. Prosecutors yesterday asked that a special investigative grand jury be convened in the deaths of two Dartmouth professors.

If approved, the panel would be seated in Grafton County Superior Court on March 16, clerk Bob Muh said.

Also yesterday, newly released court documents revealed that one of the teen-agers charged in the deaths of Half and Susanne Zantop was carrying a camping ax in his backpack when he was arrested.

Officers obtained a warrant to search James Parker's backpack after the 16-year-old told them about the ax.

The youth and his friend Robert Tulloch, 17, were arrested in Indiana on Feb. 19 after a nationwide hunt. They are charged with first-degree murder in the Jan. 27 stabbing deaths.

Florida governor urges voting reforms

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. Florida Gov. Jeb Bush urged state lawmakers yesterday to set up uniform ballots and help counties upgrade voting machines in the wake of glitches in the state's election process that left the U.S. presidency in the balance for more than a month.
Gov. Bush, who is the younger brother of President Bush, told reporters Florida should take the lead in preventing the types of irregularities that came to light following the Nov. 7 presidential election.
An extraordinarily close result in Florida was followed by a protracted dispute over hand recounts of votes as Democrat Al Gore sought to chase down his rival's razor-thin lead.

Mind-exercising helps against Alzheimer's

Adults with hobbies that exercise their brains such as reading, jigsaw puzzles or chess are 2 and 1/2 times less likely to have Alzheimer's disease, while leisure limited to TV watching may increase the risk, a study says.
A survey of people in their 70s showed that those who regularly participated in hobbies that were intellectually challenging during their younger adult years tended to be protected from Alzheimer's disease. The finding supports other studies showing that brain power unused is brain power lost.
The study is also more bad news for the couch potato, said Dr. Robert P. Friedland, first author of the research appearing today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
"Television watching is not protective and may even be a risk factor for Alzheimer's disease," said Dr. Friedland, an associate professor of neurology at Case Western Reserve University.

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