- The Washington Times - Sunday, February 3, 2002

Enron report raps top managers
Top Enron Corp. managers raked in tens of millions of dollars "they should never have received" through improperly handled outside partnerships, said a report released yesterday after an internal inquiry of the corporation.
The Powers Report, compiled by outside investigators for a special board committee, instantly came in for criticism from other parties involved in the ever-widening Enron affair.
The report's findings were called "extremely self-serving" by Andersen, the Big Five accounting firm that was Enron's auditor for years until the two parted ways after Enron filed on Dec. 2 the biggest bankruptcy in U.S. history.
The report sharply criticized Enron executives and concluded that the company's many unusual outside partnerships with names such as LJM1, LJM2 and Chewco concealed Enron's losses and inflated assets.

15 candidates contend in crowded primary
NEW ORLEANS The police chief and a cable executive led early returns in yesterday's 15-candidate primary for mayor.
With 14 of 442 precincts reporting, Cox Cable executive Ray Nagin had 995 votes, or 30 percent of the vote. Richard Pennington, on leave as superintendent of police, had 789 votes, or 24 percent.
State Sen. Paulette Irons had 702 votes, or 21 percent. Only one other candidate, City Councilman Jim Singleton, had more than 10 percent of the vote. He had 409 votes, or 12 percent.
With no single candidate expected to receive a majority of the ballots cast, a March 2 runoff is all but certain in the race to replace Mayor Marc Morial.

Janet Reno releases medical records
MIAMI Days after she fainted during a speech, Janet Reno has released her medical records to reassure Florida voters that she's healthy enough to carry out a campaign to unseat Gov. Jeb Bush.
The records released Friday date from 1995, when Miss Reno was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease.
"The patient is totally functional and has no difficulty with any of her activities and keeps up with apparently a very demanding schedule," her neurologist, Dr. William Koller of the University of Miami, wrote in a status report Dec. 5.

Report blames faulty gate in crash
CHICAGO Railroad crossing gates were not working correctly when an Amtrak train slammed into a tractor-trailer three years ago, killing 11 persons and injuring more than 100, a police investigation found.
A crash reconstruction report released Friday said truck driver John Stokes was "physically impaired by extreme sleep deprivation or fatigue," but did not try to go around the lowered gates.


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