- The Washington Times - Wednesday, April 24, 2002

Judges allow elections despite district fight
HARRISBURG, Pa. A federal three-judge panel reversed itself yesterday and decided to let Pennsylvania stick to its 2002 election schedule.
The panel stayed its own earlier ruling, which had struck down new congressional boundaries in which the populations of the 19 districts differed by as many as 19 persons out of a state population of 12.3 million. The statewide primary is set for May 21.
The judges set a May 8 hearing on a new map that the Republican-led General Assembly approved last week. If that map passes muster, those districts will be used in the 2004 election.

Columbine father apologizes to officer
DENVER A man who accused a police officer of mistakenly killing his son during the Columbine High School massacre apologized publicly.
"We're sorry for the pain and frustration we have caused him," Brian Rohrbough said in a newspaper interview Monday.
The parents of 15-year-old Daniel Rohrbough had filed a lawsuit charging Sgt. Dan O'Shea shot their son, but an independent investigation released last week said Sgt. O'Shea had not yet arrived at the school when he was shot.

Florida lawmakers called to special session
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. Gov. Jeb Bush yesterday called lawmakers back to the Capitol for the second special session of the year, this time to write a $50 billion budget that must be in place by July 1.
"We're getting to the point now on the budget where further significant delays will make it hard for local school districts to plan for hiring teachers," Mr. Bush said yesterday.
The special two-week session will begin Monday.

10 Marines hospitalized in brawl in Puerto Rico
Ten U.S. Marines were injured in a brawl in San Juan, Puerto Rico, after having been tossed out of a strip club by bouncers, the Navy said yesterday, adding that police eventually had to break up the fight.
All 10 were released from a hospital yesterday after being treated for broken bones and lacerations to the head and body, Navy spokesman Lt. Corey Barker said.
Lt. Barker said about 60 Marines in civilian clothes went to Old San Juan on Monday night after a stint providing security for U.S. exercises on Vieques Island.

Cloned cow dies of stomach disorder
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. The University of Tennessee's second cloned cow has died after complications from a stomach disorder, the university said Monday.
Emma, a heifer born Aug. 30, was euthanized April 15. Millie, the first cow university researchers successfully cloned from an adult cell, died in June from a bacterial infection at 9 months.
"Both of them died at a fairly young age from completely different conditions that are not unusual," said Jack Britt, vice president of the university's Institute of Agriculture. He said the university's cow-cloning efforts will continue.

Bush press secretary engaged to OMB staffer
Presidential spokesman Ari Fleischer, 41, became engaged Sunday to Rebecca Davis, 26, an employee of the White House Office of Management and Budget.
The two have dated for about a year. Mr. Fleischer confirmed the engagement yesterday, but said no wedding date has been set.

Helms admitted to Bethesda hospital
CHARLOTTE, N.C. Sen. Jesse Helms was hospitalized after he complained of feeling tired and weak, his aides said yesterday.
The 80-year-old Republican underwent tests yesterday at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda.
"He told Mrs. Helms he wasn't feeling good Sunday," Chief of Staff Jimmy Broughton told the Charlotte Observer. The Raleigh News & Observer reported that Mr. Helms was experiencing heart problems that may be related to an artificial valve installed 10 years ago.

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