- The Washington Times - Saturday, December 7, 2002

Movie star Ryder sentenced to probation
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. Winona Ryder was sentenced yesterday to work with the sick, the blind and babies with AIDS as part of a probationary term for stealing more than $5,500 worth of high-fashion merchandise from a Saks Fifth Avenue store.
Superior Court Judge Elden Fox ordered the actress to undergo psychological and drug counseling because "there's going to be a need for you to confront what I consider aberrant behavior."
A probation report, which the defense unsuccessfully sought to keep sealed, cited an investigation that found that Ryder had received 37 medications from 20 doctors from January 1996 to December 1998.
Judge Fox imposed three years of probation and said Ryder must appear in court April 7 for a status report. Ryder was also ordered to perform 480 hours of community service and pay $3,700 in fines and restitution of $6,355 to Saks.

Bulger invokes Fifth Amendment right
BOSTON University of Massachusetts President William Bulger refused to tell a congressional committee yesterday whether he's been in contact with his fugitive mobster brother or whether he knows his whereabouts.
Mr. Bulger invoked his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination and refused to answer questions, bringing an abrupt halt to two days of hearings by the committee investigating the FBI's ties to its mob informants.
Rep. Dan Burton, Indiana Republican and chairman of the House Committee on Government Reform, asked Mr. Bulger whether he had spoken to his brother, mobster James "Whitey" Bulger, since 1995, the year Whitey Bulger fled as he was about to be indicted on federal corruption charges.

Worker pleads guilty to setting wildfire
DENVER A former U.S. Forest Service employee pleaded guilty Friday to starting the biggest wildfire in Colorado history, which destroyed 133 homes and cost more than $29 million to contain.
Terry Barton, 38, admitted setting fire to federal land and making false statements to investigators in a plea agreement that calls for a sentence of 70 months to 87 months in federal prison. Sentencing was set for Feb. 21.
There was no decision on how much restitution Barton should pay.
Barton, whose job included watching for fires, told investigators that she accidentally started the blaze in June while burning a letter from her estranged husband in a campfire ring. Authorities believed she started the fire deliberately.

Bush announces FEC appointment
President Bush placed Demo-cratic lawyer Ellen Weintraub on the Federal Election Commission yesterday.
In choosing Mrs. Weintraub for the FEC post, Mr. Bush used his authority to make recess appointments, a way of temporarily filling administration jobs when Congress is out of session that bypasses Senate confirmation proceedings. The appointment lasts only until the end of the next Congress.
Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle, South Dakota Democrat, recommended Mrs. Weintraub for the FEC spot in May. Mr. Bush sent her nomination to Capitol Hill on Nov. 19, but it was not acted on by the full Senate, White House spokeswoman Ashley Snee said.

Missing girl found dead in storage unit
CONWAY, Ark. A 13-year-old girl who disappeared from her rural home this week was found dead in a storage unit, along with the body of a California man believed to have abducted her.
The bodies of Kacie Rene Woody and David Fuller, 47, were found Wednesday after police went to the storage facility on a tip and heard a shot.
Kacie and Fuller both suffered gunshot wounds; police believe the shot that was heard was Fuller committing suicide. A spokesman said officers did not fire their weapons.

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