- The Washington Times - Friday, September 14, 2001

Surgeons implant second artificial heart

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Kentucky surgeons who implanted the world's first self-contained artificial heart in a 59-year-old man more than two months ago have installed a second such device in a 70-year-old man, the manufacturer of the device said yesterday.

The latest patient, who was not identified, was recovering in intensive care at Jewish Hospital in Louisville.

The first patient, Robert Tools, 59, was given the AbioCor plastic and titanium heart device July 2. He conducted a news conference Aug. 21 and was reported continuing to improve in the weeks since.

Negroponte approved as U.N. envoy

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee yesterday approved the Bush administration's nominee as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, John Negroponte.

After hours of tough questioning on his reporting of human rights abuses in Honduras when he served as U.S. ambassador there in the 1980s, the committee voted 14-3 to approve his nomination.

The full Senate was expected to complete the confirmation process shortly.

Dylan's house sells for $82,000

DULUTH, Minn. — An avid Bob Dylan fan closed the deal on an $82,000 purchase of the home where the singer/songwriter lived the first six years of his life.

The deal marked the end of a 15-week process that included an Internet bidding war and an aborted first purchase attempt. Bill Pagel of Madison, Wis., who operates a popular Dylan Web site, is now the new owner of Mr. Dylan's old home in northern Minnesota.

Owner Kathy Burns of Solo-mon's Island, Md., had bought the property for $62,000 in 1996. She put it up for sale on EBay on May 24 — Mr. Dylan's 60th birthday.

Life expectancy shorter for blacks

ATLANTA — Life expectancy is about six years shorter for blacks than whites, and homicide is a leading contributor to the racial gap, a government study said yesterday.

Homicide adds about seven months to the gap, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in what it called the first report analyzing life expectancy by race and cause of death.

Overall life expectancy is about 75 years for whites and 69 years for blacks, the CDC report said.

Heart disease and cancer were the leading causes of the difference between the two races. Life expectancy for whites with each of those diseases was more than a year longer than for blacks, the CDC said.

Firefighter kills colleague, self

DENVER — The bodies of two high-ranking Denver Fire Department officials were discovered yesterday in what police said was the result of a murder-suicide.

Fire Chief Rod Juniel said he received a telephone call from Charles Drennan, an assistant fire chief, who said he was helping a colleague, Capt. Robert Cronin, with a problem and had planned to bring him down to headquarters.

But instead shots rang out and the bodies of both men were later found by a SWAT team.

The initial investigation showed that Mr. Cronin, 44, shot Mr. Drennan, 50, officials said. No details were available on what was troubling Mr. Cronin.

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