- The Washington Times - Tuesday, February 12, 2002

Qwest to surrender Global Crossing papers
DENVER Qwest Communications International Inc., the top phone company in 14 Western U.S. states, will surrender documents demanded by regulators probing the accounting of transactions with Global Crossing Ltd.
The companies last year bought and sold at least $100 million in space on their networks from each other, in some cases swapping capacity. Global Crossing recorded these swaps as revenue even though no cash changed hands, an attorney for a fired Global Crossing official said.
The firm has denied overstating revenue. On Jan. 28, Global Crossing filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy and is under investigation by the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Kinsley steps down as editor of Slate
NEW YORK Michael Kinsley is stepping down as the editor of Slate (www.slate.com) an online magazine he founded in 1996 with the backing of Microsoft Corp.
The former co-host of CNN's "Crossfire" announced in December he had been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease, but said yesterday his decision was "not directly" related to his illness.

SLA defense will question Hearst
SACRAMENTO, Calif. Attorneys for four former Symbionese Liberation Army members accused in a deadly 1975 bank robbery say their strategy will include challenging the credibility of the key witness, Patricia Hearst.
Sara Jane Olson, 55; Michael Bortin, 53; Emily Harris, 54; and her ex-husband, William Harris, 56, are accused of robbing the Crocker National Bank in Carmichael.
"Their star witness, their chief witness in this case that would be Patty Hearst will be telling untruths," J. Tony Serra, an attorney for Mr. Bortin, said yesterday.
The kidnapped heiress told the FBI in 1976 that she drove a getaway car during the robbery.

Missing girl's parents post reward
SAN DIEGO The parents of a 7-year-old girl who was apparently kidnapped in the night from her bed more than a week ago offered a $25,000 reward yesterday for information leading to her safe return.
Damon and Brenda van Dam said they were posting the reward in an effort to bring out information about daughter Danielle's disappearance, which has gone unsolved for 10 days despite exhaustive searches.

Convicted cop killer granted release
CAMDEN, N.J. A man convicted of killing two police officers in 1963 has been released from a halfway house and is on parole after more than 38 years in custody.
Thomas Trantino, 64, was rejected for parole nine times. But a year ago, the state Supreme Court said the parole board lacked proof that he posed a threat to society and sent him to a halfway house for a year.

Survey says Ecstasy use rising among teens
A survey of teen-agers found that drug use remained steady last year with one glaring exception a rise in use of Ecstasy an anti-drug organization said yesterday.
The Partnership For a Drug-Free America said teen Ecstasy use rose 20 percent last year and had increased 71 percent since 1999.
The group began an advertising campaign to warn teens and parents of the dangers of drug use. Many of the ads featured the parents of Danielle Heird, who died after taking Ecstasy in 2000.
"Don't play Russian roulette with your most precious gift your life," her mother, Elsa Heird, said at the news conference.


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