- The Washington Times - Sunday, April 14, 2002

IRS wrongly granted slavery tax credit
The Internal Revenue Service mistakenly paid out more than $30 million to tax filers seeking nonexistent slavery tax credits in 2000 and 2001, according to a Treasury Department investigation.
A growing number of black taxpayers have been misled by scams falsely claiming that, for a fee, they can get tax credits or refunds as reparations for slavery. The scams gain credence when some taxpayers actually get money.
The IRS received more than 77,000 tax returns last year claiming $2.7 billion in reparations refunds, up from 13,000 the previous year. Last year, the IRS discovered that some erroneous refunds were issued but was only partly effective in stopping them.
The Treasury inspector general for tax administration, David C. Williams, said in Senate testimony last week that refunds of more than $80,000 were issued "in some instances" to married couples when each spouse claimed the reparations credit.

Cardinal admits to 'mistake'
LOS ANGELES The leader of the largest U.S. Roman Catholic archdiocese said he made a mistake by transferring a priest accused of child molesting to a hospital and failing to inform the hospital of the charges, the Los Angeles Times reported yesterday.
"I think that was a mistake on our part then to not simply tell them of his background," Cardinal Roger Mahony of the Los Angeles Archdiocese said in an interview.
Meanwhile, a top U.S. bishop said yesterday that Pope John Paul II has been "deeply touched" by the suffering surrounding the accusations of sexual abuse by American priests. But the pontiff did not discuss calls for the resignation of Boston Cardinal Bernard Law.
Bishop Wilton Gregory, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, said the pope expressed his support for the U.S. church during a week of talks at the Vatican, where Bishop Gregory said the accusations of abuse were a central issue.

Sheriff shot, killed at political rally
SOMERSET, Ky. A county sheriff was shot and killed yesterday during a political rally, state police said.
Pulaski County Sheriff Sam Catron was shot about 7:15 p.m. at a political rally and fish fry, state police trooper Craig Sutton said. A suspect was in custody but no other information immediately was available, Mr. Sutton said.

Second killer whale dies at SeaWorld
SAN ANTONIO For the second time in less than a year, a SeaWorld killer whale has died at the marine park in San Antonio.
The 4,200-pound whale named Winnie had been treated with antibiotics since last month and died Thursday. SeaWorld officials were trying to determine the cause.

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