- The Washington Times - Saturday, August 10, 2002

Sen. Clinton will give funds to charity

Reversing course, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton said yesterday she would donate thousands of dollars she received from indicted ImClone founder Sam Waksal to charity.

Mrs. Clinton, New York Democrat, and a soft-money account set up on her behalf by her party received $33,000 from Mr. Waksal, campaign records show.

Mrs. Clinton will donate the $7,000 received by her Senate campaign and her political action committee to a charity that has yet to be determined, spokeswoman Karen Dunn said yesterday.

The remaining $26,000 went from Mr. Waksal to the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee's New York Senate 2000, a soft money account set up on Mrs. Clinton's behalf.

"She recommends that they do the same," Miss Dunn said.

Woman to appeal affirmative-action case

A white woman who didn't get into law school asked the Supreme Court yesterday to make hers the case that settles what role race may play in university admissions.

Barbara Grutter claimed she was denied admission to the University of Michigan because of her race. She had higher grades and test scores than some minority applicants who were accepted.

"At the most fundamental level, the question it raises is whether our nation's principles of equal protection and nondiscrimination mean the same thing for all races," her attorneys wrote in asking the Supreme Court to hear the appeal.

A divided federal appeals court ruled in favor of the school in May, saying the Constitution allowed universities to seek "a meaningful number" of minority students, so long as the school avoided a rigid quota system.

Two more die from West Nile virus

NEW ORLEANS The death toll from the worst outbreak of West Nile virus in U.S. history climbed to seven yesterday as state health officials said two more victims had died in counties north of New Orleans.

The latest victims were identified as a 76-year-old woman in St. Tammany Parish and a 94-year-old woman in Tangipahoa Parish.

Researcher to speak in anthrax probe

Steven J. Hatfill, a former Army researcher under scrutiny in the FBI's anthrax probe, plans to make his first public statement addressing his involvement in the investigation tomorrow, his attorney said.

"He is going to review the history of his dealings with the authorities relative to the ongoing anthrax investigation and explain the nature of his cooperation," attorney Victor M. Glasberg said yesterday.

Law enforcement officials have said that Mr. Hatfill, 48, is not a suspect and that no evidence links him to the anthrax letters last fall. They have described him as a "person of interest" in the probe.

Accused child killer pleads not guilty

SANTA ANA, Calif. The man accused of kidnapping and killing 5-year-old Samantha Runnion pleaded not guilty yesterday as prosecutors investigated additional claims against him in a separate case.

Alejandro Avila, 27, was arraigned in Orange County Superior Court on charges that he raped and killed Samantha after kidnapping her July 15. A pretrial hearing was set for Sept. 16. Prosecutors have said they will seek the death penalty.

Meanwhile, one of two girls whom Mr. Avila was accused of earlier molesting has made additional claims against him. Mr. Avila was acquitted of the earlier charges, which involved the 9-year-old daughter of an ex-girlfriend and a second girl, also 9.

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