- The Washington Times - Wednesday, February 6, 2002

House schedules vote on campaign spending
The House will set aside two days later this month to consider campaign finance reform, House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert, Illinois Republican, announced yesterday.
The speaker, after consulting with Minority Leader Richard A. Gephardt, Missouri Democrat, set aside Feb. 12-13 for debating and voting on a reform bill.
The Senate already has passed a campaign finance bill.

Ambassador to Philippines confirmed
The Senate has confirmed President Bush's nominee for ambassador to the Philippines, after it was chided by the State Department for delaying a deployment seen as crucial to the campaign against terrorism.
The Democrat-controlled Senate voted to confirm Frank Ricciardone to the post late on Monday, officials said.

Lab says bullet is from teen gunman
DENVER A bullet found in the backpack of a student slain in the 1999 Columbine massacre was fired by one of the teen-age gunmen not a Denver police officer, according to test results released yesterday.
The student's mother asked for the new testing after the parents of another slain Columbine High School student claimed their son had been shot by a Denver police sergeant rather than one of the gunmen.

Authorities jail pair over missing baby
ATTLEBORO, Mass. Two members of a religious group that rejects modern medicine were jailed yesterday after refusing to cooperate with authorities investigating their missing baby.
Juvenile Court Judge Kenneth Nasif said he was not convinced that Rebecca Corneau had a miscarriage in the fall, as she claimed. He told her and David Corneau they had to bring their child to court on Feb. 14 or reveal the burial site.
State child welfare officials said they believed there was a child and it might have been harmed.

Victims fund to count toward $20 billion
Money for victims of the September 11 terrorist attacks will be counted against the $20 billion President Bush promised for New York City, says White House budget director Mitchell E. Daniels Jr.
New York Democrats immediately attacked Mr. Daniels' comments on Monday, saying they contradicted what he had told them in earlier conversations.
Mr. Bush pledged $20 billion for New York in the days after the attacks on the World Trade Center. About $10.7 billion of that was appropriated last year.

Executions postponed in two Florida cases
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. For the second time in a month, a death-row inmate won a reprieve from the U.S. Supreme Court three hours before he was supposed to die yesterday, a ruling that prompted Gov. Jeb Bush to postpone another man's execution scheduled for later this week.
The court did not comment on its decision, but it is considering an Arizona case that deals with a fundamental aspect of Florida's capital-punishment law: the power of the judge, rather than the jury, to impose the death sentence.

Traficant challenges trial arrangements
CLEVELAND Rep. James A. Traficant Jr.'s federal corruption and bribery trial began yesterday with the nine-term Democrat known for his combative style immediately challenging the judge and trial arrangements.
Mr. Traficant objected to a closed-circuit television that would allow the public and media to watch from another room while the courtroom was filled with prospective jurors.
He wanted everyone in the main courtroom.
The judge stood by the arrangements.

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