- The Washington Times - Monday, February 25, 2002

Surgery silences mob boss Gotti
NEW YORK Jailed mob boss John Gotti is unable to speak after emergency throat surgery three weeks ago, and his lawyers are demanding that they be allowed bedside meetings with him, the New York Post reported yesterday.
The cancer-stricken Gotti, who is serving a life term for murder and racketeering, was left silent at the Medical Center for Federal Prisoners in Springfield, Mo., after undergoing a tracheotomy to enable him to breathe after tumors in his neck began choking his airway, the Post said.

Bikers' ball ends in deadly brawl
PLAINVIEW, N.Y. A rumble between rival motorcycle gangs on Saturday at Hellraiser Ball on Long Island erupted in gunfire and stabbings that left one man dead and 73 persons arrested, police said yesterday.
Hell's Angels member Raymond Dwyer of New York was charged with shooting to death 51-year-old Robert Rutherford, a Pagan rider from Lancaster, Pa. At least 10 persons were injured in the brawl that broke out after members of the Pagan Outlaw Motorcycle Club crashed the motorcycle-and-tattoo convention sponsored by the local Hell's Angels chapter.

Food fight turns rowdy at Columbine
LITTLETON, Colo. Hundreds of Columbine High School students squared off with sheriff's deputies and school administrators last week when a food fight turned violent, Scripps Howard News Service reported.
"It could have very easily turned into a riot," said Jim Shires of the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office.
Three students were arrested Friday on suspicion of inciting a riot, interfering with a government operation, harassment, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.
"We will be obviously working with the sheriff's department, and we'll determine the appropriate discipline," said Marilyn Saltzman, Jefferson County Public Schools spokeswoman.

Journalist charged in ex-girlfriend assault
NEW YORK Wall Street Journal columnist John Fund was arrested yesterday and charged with assaulting his ex-girlfriend at her East Village home on Tuesday.
Mr. Fund, 46, had a stormy relationship with Morgan Pillsbury, the 27-year-old daughter of a former girlfriend, for more than two years before the couple broke up last month, police said.
Mr. Fund said yesterday, "I am not guilty of the charges asserted against me and categorically deny them."

Soldier on exercise killed in shooting
ROBBINS, N.C. A Fort Bragg soldier taking part in an exercise off the base was killed and another was injured in a shooting after a sheriff's deputy stopped them on a rural road, authorities said.
The soldiers were taking part in a role-playing exercise that is part of the Special Forces Qualification Course, according to a statement from the Moore County Sheriff's Department.
The soldiers were in a vehicle driven by a civilian who was playing the role of a resident of a fictitious country, said Maj. Richard Patterson of the John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School. The incident is being investigated by the State Bureau of Investigation and the Army.

Gates foundation backs Carter tour of Africa
SEATTLE The world's richest man, Bill Gates, announced yesterday that his foundation plans to join forces with former President Jimmy Carter on a seven-day tour of Africa with a goal of fighting AIDS.
"Stopping the transmission of HIV is the foundation's No. 1 global health priority," said Mr. Gates, co-founder of software giant Microsoft, while making the announcement here at the Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections.
Mr. Gates' father, William, co-chairman of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, will travel with Mr. Carter and his wife, Rosalynn, to Kenya, South Africa and Nigeria. The tour begins March 6.

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