- The Washington Times - Sunday, July 14, 2002

Party endorses former congressman for post
ST. CLOUD, Minn. The Independence Party voted yesterday to endorse a former congressman to succeed Gov. Jesse Ventura, who recently announced he would not seek a second term.
Tim Penny impressed the convention by playing simultaneously on his similarities to and differences from Mr. Ventura, who encouraged Mr. Penny's candidacy.
Mr. Ventura spent more than a decade as a professional wrestler, where he would "do anything and break all the rules just to win," Mr. Penny said.
"And for my part, I spent 12 years in the United States Congress," he said. "So I guess my similarities with the current governor are simply uncanny."
Mr. Penny received 154 votes on the first ballot, or 87 percent of the delegates. The only other candidate, Jim Haviland, got 18 votes. Mr. Ventura's education commissioner, Christine Jax, dropped out of the race before the convention.
Mr. Penny left the Democratic Party in June to join the Independence Party and make a run at the office.

Woman found guilty in anthrax hoax
SCRANTON, Pa. A Pennsylvania woman has been convicted of trying to mail anthrax hoax letters to government officials, including President Bush, at the height of the anthrax scare in the fall.
The hoax letters, which authorities say contained cornstarch, forced the closure of a post office in Nanticoke for several hours Oct. 25. They also halted operations in the mailroom at the Luzerne County Courthouse.
Rosemary Zavrel, 58 of Pittston was convicted by a jury Friday of mailing threatening letters, aiding and abetting in mailing threatening letters, and making false statements to police.
Authorities said she and her former roommate, Emily Forman, mailed 17 letters filled with cornstarch to Mr. Bush, local judges and other authorities in an attempt to frame two teens who purportedly picked on Zavrel's son.

Mayor demands cameras in police cars
INGLEWOOD, Calif. Mayor Roosevelt Dorn yesterday called for video cameras in police cars in the wake of the nationally televised videotape of a white police officer punching a handcuffed black teen-ager in the face.
Mr. Dorn also said he was confident Inglewood residents would not resort to violent protests of the July 6 incident.
"People across the country keep asking, when is the riot going to happen? That is not part of the agenda," Mr. Dorn told members of the National Alliance for Positive Action, a nonprofit civil rights group based here.
Meanwhile, elected officials praised Inglewood officials for their response. That has included reopening investigations into two previous complaints against Officer Jeremy Morse, who was shown on the tape slamming Donovan Jackson's head onto a police car and punching the 16-year-old in the face.

Four family members found stabbed to death
WHITTIER, Calif. Four family members, including an 8-year-old girl and a 70-year-old woman, were found stabbed to death in a home outside the city yesterday, authorities said.
No arrests were made. A relative found the bodies and called police at about 11 a.m., but police said they probably died on Thursday.
There were no signs of forced entry at the home, but it appeared as if there had been a struggle, said sheriff's Deputy Ray Peavey.
Deputy Peavey said preliminary information indicates "it's just a quiet family, nothing to make you think anything out of the ordinary. It's just baffling."
The victims were identified as Miguel Ruiz, 37, and Maritza Trejo, 41; their daughter Jasmine Ruiz, 8, and relative Anna Martinez, 70.

3 million teens consider suicide
Three million American teens have thought seriously about or attempted suicide, a government survey released today showed.
More than 13 percent of Americans 14 to 17 years old considered suicide in 2000, the report from the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration found. Only 36 percent of them had received mental health treatment or counseling, the agency said.
Depression is the main cause of suicide, the agency's administrator, Charles Curie, said in a statement.


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