- The Washington Times - Friday, October 19, 2001

Simpson begins road-rage trial

MIAMI O.J. Simpson's trial on burglary and battery charges opened yesterday, with prosecutors saying the "enraged" former football star snatched the eyeglasses off the head of another motorist during a roadside confrontation last year.

Prosecutor Abbe Rifkin said the Dec. 4 confrontation began when Simpson got out of his car and shouted, "So I blew the stop sign. What are you going to do? Kill me and my kids?" The defense countered that the other driver, Jeffrey Pattinson, acted like "a madman."

The charges of auto burglary and battery could carry a 16-year prison sentence.


San Francisco has fewer children

SAN FRANCISCO San Francisco was the only major U.S. city to add population but lose children during the past decade, according to census data.

San Francisco ended the decade with 4,100 fewer residents younger than 18 than it had in 1990, to become the major city least likely to have households with children.

Ironically, three of the major cities with the fewest children Portland, Ore.; Seattle; and San Francisco were rated among the top five "kid-friendly" big cities this year by Zero Population Growth (ZPG).

"You would think that people with kids would gravitate toward these cities," said ZPG spokesman Tim Cline.


Pharmacists to give pill in California

SACRAMENTO California will let pharmacists dispense emergency contraceptive pills without a prescription, becoming the second state, after Washington, to do so.

The new law, which has no age limit, has been signed by Gov. Gray Davis and takes effect Jan. 1.

The so-called morning-after pill is a high dose of birth-control pills taken within 72 hours of unprotected sex to prevent pregnancy.


DNA evidence clears inmate

CLEVELAND A man who served 13 years in prison for a rape conviction was acquitted yesterday based on DNA evidence from a dirty washcloth found at the scene.

Prosecutors and Judge Anthony O. Calabrese Jr. apologized to Anthony Michael Green, 36. Judge Calabrese said the case shows the judicial system is imperfect but can fix its mistakes.

Mr. Green was convicted of raping a nurse at the Cleveland Clinic, where he was a former employee. He was sentenced to 20 to 50 years in prison.


America's first voter dead at 102

DIXVILLE NOTCH, N.H. Neal Tillotson, who for 40 years cast the first ballot in presidential elections, died Wednesday at the age of 102.

A life-long Republican, Mr. Tillotson was regularly courted by presidential aspirants.

In 1960, in an effort to gain some publicity, Mr. Tillotson opened voting booths at midnight on primary day and reported the results of the staff's ballots to the local wire service. He did the same thing on Election Day. Every four years since, the media have turned to Dixville Notch for the nation's first votes.


Leno's Harley raises money for victims

LOS ANGELES A celebrity-autographed motorcycle and matching truck put up for auction by Jay Leno drew a top bid of $360,200 that would benefit victims of the Sept. 11 attacks on the World Trade Center, the comedian's publicist said yesterday.

The winner of the online auction will appear tonight on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" to accept the limited-edition Harley-Davidson cycle.


Doctors implant AbioCor heart

LOS ANGELES A man in his 70s became the world's fourth recipient of a self-contained artificial heart, UCLA Medical Center announced yesterday.

The patient, whose name was not released, was resting comfortably after Wednesday's 11-hour procedure to implant the AbioCor replacement heart.

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