- The Washington Times - Tuesday, April 23, 2002

New technology detects lung cancer

A new technology can detect lung cancer when tumors are smaller than a dime well before they grow into the quarter-sized tumors that regular chest X-rays spot.

By June, government-funded scientists will begin enrolling 50,000 current and former smokers in a massive study to find whether the difference saves lives. Proponents hope the research will point toward a screening test for the nation's top cancer killer.

Only 15 percent of lung cancer victims live five years. But catching a lung tumor when it's still small enough to cut out raises the survival rate beyond 50 percent.


Times series wins religion award

A Washington Times series of the future of America's clergy has won the Religion Communicator's Council's 2001 Wilbur Award for newspapers in major markets.

"Pulpits in Peril: The Future of America's Clergy," which ran July 2-6, was honored Saturday at a reception in New York, along with various other entries from 13 other radio stations, newspapers and television stations on the topic of religion. Other winners included the Dallas Morning News, Newsweek magazine, ABC-TV and the Warner Brothers drama "The West Wing."

The series was co-written by Julia Duin and Larry Witham with photos taken by Maya Alleruzzo. Assistant Managing Editor Kenneth M. McIntyre oversaw the project.

The series also won a second place in the religion category for the 2001 Maryland-Delaware-D.C. Press Association awards, and was recently given an honorable mention by the Virginia Press Association in the news series category.


EPA ombudsman resigns over shuffle

An embattled ombudsman at the Environmental Protection Agency submitted his resignation yesterday, complaining the agency was transferring him into a job where he would "merely answer a telephone" and have no power.

Robert Martin, who for nearly a decade has held the $118,000-a-year job as ombudsman for EPA's hazardous waste office, has been embroiled in a lengthy feud with senior EPA officials.

A federal court Feb. 12 rejected a lawsuit challenging his transfer to the EPA inspector general's office a maneuver designed, he thought, to get him out of the way.


L.A. police chief agrees to leave post

LOS ANGELES Yesterday Police Chief Bernard Parks resigned, saying he will step down next week without suing the city over its decision not to give him a second five-year term.

Chief Parks, whose term officially ends in August, said he didn't want "the citizens of this great city to incur any economic loss" as part of a lawsuit.

Chief Parks' departure follows an ugly rift with Mayor James Hahn, who was sharply criticized by blacks for refusing to support another term for the chief, who is black.


Court allows bans of gun shows

SAN FRANCISCO Counties and cities in California may prohibit gun shows on their fairgrounds and other public properties, despite state laws that allow such events, the state Supreme Court ruled yesterday.

The decision was expected to set off an avalanche of new such ordinances across the state. In briefs submitted to the court, at least 20 cities and counties had urged the justices to allow such bans.

Yesterday's 6-1 ruling upheld bans passed in 1999 in Los Angeles and Alameda counties amid concerns that gun shows promoted violence and tarred the area's public image.


Former porn star dies from auto wreck

DENVER Linda Boreman, who starred as Linda Lovelace in the 1972 pornographic film "Deep Throat" and later became an anti-porn advocate, died yesterday from injuries from an April 3 car crash. She was 53.

Mrs. Boreman had suffered massive trauma and internal injures and was taken off life support and died about 3 p.m.

Her ex-husband, Larry Marchiano, said he and their two children, ages 25 and 22, were at the hospital when she died. "Everyone might know her as something else, but we knew her as Mom and as Linda," he said.

Mrs. Boreman said an earlier husband, whom she divorced in 1973, forced her at gunpoint to act in the film that gained such national notoriety that a key anonymous source in the Watergate investigation went by that name.


Arkansas governor ordered to testify

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. A federal judge ordered Gov. Mike Huckabee to meet with lawyers for a man whose public television show was canceled a few days after he touted another gubernatorial candidate at a Democratic convention.

Roby Brock filed a lawsuit last week saying Mr. Huckabee and others pressured the Arkansas Educational Television Network to cancel his show, "Talk Business on AETN." Mr. Brock is claiming violations of his free speech rights and interference with his contract.

The state Attorney General's Office asked U.S. District Judge Bill Wilson to quash Mr. Huckabee's subpoena, but the judge refused. The deposition is scheduled for tomorrow.

AETN Deputy Director Tony Brook has denied that the statewide network was pressured to cancel Mr. Brock's show.

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