- The Washington Times - Tuesday, May 15, 2001

Developer pleads guilty in corruption case
CLEVELAND — A businessman pleaded guilty yesterday to conspiracy to bribe Rep. James A. Traficant Jr. and is expected to testify against the congressman.
John J. Cafaro, 49, faces a maximum of five years in prison on the single count.
His sentencing will probably be postponed until he testifies at Mr. Traficants trial, scheduled for Feb. 4.
The indictment returned May 4 against Mr. Traficant, Ohio Democrat, said Cafaro arranged nearly $27,000 in repairs on a houseboat where Mr. Traficant lived on the Potomac River in Washington, and then bought the houseboat from Mr. Traficant for an additional $26,000.
At the time, the indictment said, Mr. Traficant was lobbying federal agencies on behalf of an aviation and navigation laser-guidance system sold by Cafaros company, U.S. Aerospace Group.
Mr. Traficant, 60, pleaded not guilty Friday.

Chief justice blasts junket critics

Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist lashed out at critics of expenses-paid, out-of-town conferences for federal judges yesterday, saying the trips provide valuable education for people who work hard.
Businesses and various lobbying interests sponsor conferences for federal judges, paying airfare, hotel and other expenses.
Chief Justice Rehnquist said proposed regulation of judicial conferences unnecessarily restrains free speech.

Congenital heart defects killing fewer children

DALLAS — The number of children dying from congenital heart defects in the United States has decreased dramatically over the past two decades, a study found.
Researchers studying death certificates nationwide from 1979 to 1997 found that deaths from heart defects among people of all ages declined 39 percent during the period, from 2.5 per 100,000 population in 1979 to 1.5 per 100,000 population in 1997.

No charges filed in Downey arrest

LOS ANGELES — Actor Robert Downey Jr.s drug arrest last month will be handled as a parole violation and no new charges will be filed, the district attorneys office said yesterday.
A parole violation could carry the possibility of being sent to a lockdown drug program or prison.
But state officials said they plan only to strengthen the conditions of Downeys parole.

Bill Clinton to lecture in Europe

NEW YORK — Former President Bill Clinton leaves today on a speaking tour of Europe that is expected to net him at least $1 million.
Mr. Clinton will speak at 10 conferences in seven countries, and will be paid at least $100,000 per appearance, the ex-presidents press office said yesterday.

Chemotherapy raises survival rates

SAN FRANCISCO — Survival rates for people suffering from advanced bladder cancer are greatly increased if they undergo chemotherapy before surgery, researchers said yesterday.
Sufferers who undergo chemotherapy before surgical removal of their bladders live a median of 6.2 years as compared with 3.6 years for those who have surgery without chemotherapy, according to a report to the annual conference of the American Society of Clinical Oncology.

Gun found in Blake case, TV report says

LOS ANGELES — Police would not comment yesterday on a report that investigators found the gun used to kill actor Robert Blakes wife.
ABC reported that the gun was found in a trash bin near the shooting site.
Bonny Lee Bakley was shot May 4 as she sat on the passenger side of his parked car after the couple dined at a Studio City restaurant.

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