- The Washington Times - Thursday, January 17, 2002

Fund asks halt of donations
Managers of the $425 million September 11th Fund yesterday asked Americans to stop sending it donations and to redirect their support to other worthy causes.
"Today we are well along the way of meeting the goals we established in the days following the terrorist attacks of September 11th," said Ralph Dickerson Jr., president of the United Way of New York, a founder of the fund. About $160 million has been distributed so far.

Plaque has error, honors King assassin
LAUDERHILL, Fla. A plaque intended to honor black actor James Earl Jones at a Florida celebration of the life of Martin Luther King instead paid tribute to James Earl Ray, the man who killed the black civil rights leader.
Merit Industries said the mix-up was caused by a typographical error. It was being corrected in time for Mr. Jones' visit Saturday.
Over a background featuring stamps of famous black Americans, including King, the erroneous plaque read, "Thank you James Earl Ray for keeping the dream alive."

Bush continues Helms-Burton waiver
President Bush kept in place late last night a prohibition against Americans suing persons or companies who now control property in Cuba confiscated from the Americans.
The waiver extends the prohibition until August, a move Mr. Bush said will promote democracy in Cuba.
A 1996 law by Sen. Jesse Helms, North Carolina Republican, and Rep. Dan Burton, Indiana Republican, lets Americans sue anyone who uses property seized after Communist President Fidel Castro took power in 1959. It also gives the president authority to waive enforcement of the ban.
President Clinton used that authority eight times, and Mr. Bush decided for the second time not to change the policy. He notified Congress in a letter released last night.

Former Chicago mayor dead at 78
CHICAGO Michael Bilandic, who took over for Mayor Richard J. Daley after his death in 1976 and went on to serve three years as mayor and a decade on the Illinois Supreme Court, has died of heart problems. He was 78.
Mr. Bilandic died Tuesday at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. He had suffered a mild heart attack on Friday followed by a rare heart rupture, cardiologist Dr. Dan Fintel said.
Mayor Richard M. Daley, Mr. Daley's son, described Mr. Bilandic as a hardworking and knowledgeable man who made a strong contribution to the city.

Father arraigned on murder charges
NEWPORT, Ore. A man accused of killing his wife and three children was arraigned on murder charges yesterday, three days after his capture at a Mexican beach resort.
Christian Longo, 27, had been on the FBI's "Ten Most Wanted" list. His next court hearing was set for Jan. 23. Bail had been set at $2.5 million.

Barak removes shoes in airport check
NEW YORK Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak was told to remove his shoes during a routine security check as he boarded a Continental Airlines flight from Newark, N.J., to Washington.
"Our agents were doing their jobs according to law, to ensure the safety and security of everyone on the aircraft," a Continental spokesman said.
Mr. Barak was gracious and understanding about the procedures, the spokesman said.

Authorities foil crime syndicate's plan
PHOENIX Authorities said yesterday they foiled a Russian crime syndicate's plot to steal a multimillion-dollar shipment of a human growth hormone touted as a fountain of youth.
Maricopa County state's attorney Rick Romley said the suspects planned to hijack a truck containing a shipment of Saizen, which is used to replace hormones that decline in people older than 40.
The shipment was worth an estimated $3 million on the black market, authorities said.

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