- The Washington Times - Thursday, January 31, 2002

Poet Sarah Jones sues FCC
NEW YORK A New York poet is suing the Federal Communications Commission, claiming the agency violated her First Amendment rights when it deemed one of her songs indecent and fined a radio station for playing it.
The 1999 song, "Your Revolution," didn't include any of the seven words prohibited by the FCC but it contained vivid sexual imagery. Poet Sarah Jones said the song criticizes the degradation of women in rap music.
Her lawsuit, filed in federal court yesterday, asks the court to overturn the FCC ruling.

First Hmong elected to state office
ST. PAUL, Minn. A Hmong lawyer won a seat in the Legislature, making her the first member of the Southeast Asian immigrant group to be elected in the United States to a state office.
Mee Moua, a 32-year-old Democrat, won a four-way special election Tuesday for the Senate seat vacated by St. Paul's new mayor, Randy Kelly.
Thousands of Hmong, an ethnic group from the highlands of Laos, have settled in Minnesota in recent years. St. Paul has the largest Hmong population of any American city, with more than 24,000, according to the 2000 Census.

Janet Reno collapses in New York
Former Attorney General Janet Reno collapsed after a news conference in Rochester, N.Y., yesterday.
CNN said she was hospitalized in stable condition and was under observation. She was conscious when taken to Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, according to an ambulance company spokesman.
Miss Reno, 63, served as President Clinton's attorney general and now is seeking Florida's governorship.
According to the Web site of the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, Miss Reno "collapsed on stage during a speech at the University of Rochester."
"Reno had been standing at the podium for about 45 minutes when she said, 'You're going to have to excuse me for a minute, I'm going to have to sit down,'" the newspaper reported. "She then collapsed to the floor."

Miami-Dade County OKs new voting system
MIAMI Officials in Miami-Dade County, where Al Gore sought a ballot recount after the 2000 election, Tuesday approved a $24.5 million contract to replace the county's punch-card voting system with touch-screen equipment.
Florida counties must use either touch-screen or optical-scanning machines in future statewide votes after difficulties with punch-card ballots delayed the results of the 2000 presidential election by more than a month.
Two other counties that were at the heart of the dispute Palm Beach and Broward also plan to use touch screens.

Satellite to land near Persian Gulf
A 7,000-pound science satellite will fall from the sky today, and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration said last night that a few pieces of metal, of up to 100 pounds each, could hit the Earth in the northeast corner of the Persian Gulf.
The Extreme Ultraviolet Explorer does not have the on-board rockets needed to direct the re-entry expected between 10 last night and 7 a.m. today.

17 said to defraud relief agencies
NEW YORK Twelve employees of New York's Port Authority, along with five other individuals, were arraigned yesterday on charges of defrauding agencies out of funds intended to help September 11 victims, the Manhattan District Attorney said.
The dozen Port Authority workers arrested Tuesday are accused of stealing $9,344 from the American Red Cross and $10,236 from Safe Horizon. They claimed they had become unemployed as a result of the attacks on the World Trade Center.
Four other persons were charged yesterday with stealing $20,697 from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, in a separate scam, by falsely claiming their homes had been damaged in the attacks.

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