- The Washington Times - Saturday, December 21, 2002

Alaska governor appoints daughter to Senate
ANCHORAGE, Alaska Former Sen. Frank Murkowski yesterday appointed his daughter, Republican state Rep. Lisa Murkowski, to serve the remaining two years of his term in the U.S. Senate.
Mr. Murkowski, who spent 22 years as a senator, resigned Dec. 2, when he was sworn in as Alaska's governor.
As governor, he had the power to appoint his successor in the Senate.
Lisa Murkowski, 45, was re-elected last month to a third term in the Legislature and had been selected as House majority leader.
"In some ways, this is probably one of the most important decisions I will make as your governor, recognizing this responsibility, I've reached out to Alaskans from all over the state," the governor said.
He said he wanted to choose someone with legislative experience who could get things done in Washington and establish an identity in the Senate.

Man accused of funneling $133,000 overseas
ROANOKE A 34-year-old car washer contributed about $133,000 in small increments to an Iraqi money-laundering scheme during the past two years, a federal prosecutor said yesterday .
Malik Almaliki, who has lived in Roanoke since 1997, sent the money in about 500 installments ranging from $100 to $3,000 to Alshafei Family Connect Inc. of Seattle, Assistant U.S. Attorney Craig J. Jacobsen said.
Federal prosecutors believe the company funneled at least $12 million in money and goods to Iraq in violation of a 12-year-old U.S. embargo. Mr. Jacobsen would not say whether the money was used to bankroll terrorist activities.
Mr. Almaliki arrived in leg chains at his initial appearance yesterday, wearing a light blue mechanic's shirt with his name stitched on the shirt pocket.

Head of child-porn e-mail ring sentenced
HOUSTON A Texas man behind a worldwide e-mail ring that traded pornographic images of children, some as young as 18 months, was sentenced to the maximum of 30 years in federal prison Friday.
"I'm sorry for the children in the pictures," said Mark Bates, 33, of Palestine. "I was using the pictures so I wouldn't go out and hurt anyone. I wasn't thinking there was actually a person behind the pictures."
Bates pleaded guilty to trafficking in child pornography via computer. He was the moderator of the "Candyman" e-mail group that served more than 6,000 users, who were expected to contribute images as well as receive them. More than 80 people in 26 states were arrested in the case in March.
Defense attorney David Cunningham argued against the maximum, citing evidence that Bates was a victim of sexual abuse several times before age 11.

N.J. governor has rocky first year
TRENTON, N.J. After getting elected on a promise to look out for the people's money, Gov. James E. McGreevey has spent much of his first year explaining away junkets, helicopter rides and a mysterious $110,000-a-year aide.
Even poetry has proved poor politics for the Democrat: He has been accused of racism for trying to remove New Jersey's poet laureate over a September 11 memorial verse that critics called anti-Semitic.
"This administration seems to create their own problems and then, rather than solve them, try to cover them up," said Carl Golden, a Republican political analyst and former aide to former Gov. Christie Whitman. "They seem to want to grow another foot so they can shoot that one, too."
Mr. McGreevey, 44, came within one percentage point of defeating Mrs. Whitman in 1997, then came back four years later to win a landslide victory over Republican Bret Schundler by de-emphasizing his Ivy League background and boasting of his blue-collar roots.

Writer pleads guilty in child-support case
PHOENIX The author of a book on how to keep from paying child support could be headed for prison for being a deadbeat dad.
Robert H. Morrison pleaded guilty Wednesday in federal court to not supporting financially a son born in 1990.
After his 10-year marriage ended in 1990, a court ordered Morrison to pay $850 a month in support. But Arizona prosecutors said he moved to California, lived under assumed names, didn't pay a dime and had no contact with his son. He was arrested in January, after 9 years as a fugitive.
Morrison wrote the book "Divorce Dirty Tricks," which provides advice on avoiding child-support obligations.

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