- The Washington Times - Thursday, January 3, 2002

Police commissioner aids in arrest

PHILADELPHIA Days away from his retirement, Police Commissioner John Timoney made good on his pledge to crack down on revelers shooting guns in the air on New Year’s Eve by personally helping capture a suspect.

In his last New Year’s Eve on the job, Commissioner Timoney leapt from his patrol car and chased a man who police said had fired a gun several times after midnight.

Commissioner Timoney, his driver, Lt. Michael Chitwood, and Inspector Jeremiah Daley searched dark alleys and trash-strewn lots for several minutes before finding three men hiding in an abandoned house. One of the men was charged with gun violations and held without bail.

Giuliani to form consulting company

NEW YORK Former New York Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani plans to form a management consulting company, Giuliani Partners, riding a wave of popularity into the private sector a day after relinquishing his post.

Shortly after attending his successor’s swearing-in at City Hall on Tuesday, Mr. Giuliani signed a contract with accounting firm Ernst and Young, which has agreed to provide offices and administrative support for the business Mr. Giuliani is forming with a dozen colleagues from his City Hall days.

Giuliani Partners is to offer advice in crisis management, financial services and investments.

Greta Van Susteren jumps from CNN

NEW YORK CNN personality Greta Van Susteren is jumping to Fox News Channel, continuing the lively rivalry between the two cable news networks.

Miss Van Susteren, who rose to prominence at CNN as an on-air legal analyst during the O.J. Simpson trials, until recently had been host of two daily programs on CNN.

Fox News Channel has been searching for someone to be host of its 10 p.m. talk show since Paula Zahn left for CNN in September, a move that caused some bitterness at Fox.

CNN announced her departure in a memo to its staff yesterday. Fox said it expected an announcement shortly.

Nuclear weapons foes arrested at plant

OAK RIDGE, Tenn. Ten opponents of nuclear weapons, including Kate Berrigan, 20, the daughter of longtime peace activist Philip Berrigan, started 2002 by getting arrested at the Oak Ridge Y-12 nuclear weapons plant, police said.

The protesters entered the 600-acre Y-12 reservation Tuesday morning carrying flags, candles and symbols of peace, such as doves. They were charged with trespassing and released on a signature bond, pending a court appearance Jan. 11.

Rights given to children conceived posthumously

BOSTON Children conceived artificially after the father’s death have the same inheritance rights as other youngsters, the state’s highest court ruled unanimously yesterday.

For inheritance rights in such cases, the mother must prove a genetic relationship between the father and child and establish that the father consented to posthumous conception and agreed to support his child, the Supreme Judicial Court ruled.

In Massachusetts, the question came before the court in the case of Lauren Woodward, a mother from the city of Beverly who had twin girls using her husband’s frozen sperm two years after he died of leukemia.

Accused kidnapper approves case transfer

CHARLESTON, W.Va. A woman accused of taking a toddler from a Chicago bus station will be transferred there for preliminary hearings on federal kidnapping charges, federal officials said yesterday.

Sheila Matthews waived her right to have preliminary and detention hearings in Charleston during an appearance in federal magistrate court.

Prosecutors say she kidnapped 16-month-old Jasmine Anderson on Christmas Eve after befriending her mother in a Greyhound bus terminal. After a nationwide manhunt, police found the girl in Williamson on Thursday and arrested Miss Matthews.

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