- The Washington Times - Thursday, June 13, 2002

Court upholds counts against Clinton

An appeals court yesterday reinstated two counts in a civil suit brought against former President Bill Clinton by one-time schoolmate Dolly Kyle Browning, who accused him of trying to stop her from publishing a book about the mistress of a Southern governor.

In the decision, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia sent conspiracy and interference charges back to U.S. District Court for further consideration.

But it threw out a half-dozen other charges by Mrs. Browning against Mr. Clinton's associates, the New Yorker magazine and a journalist, Jane Meyer.

Catholics say no to Gotti funeral Mass

NEW YORK Notorious mob boss John Gotti will be interred in a Roman Catholic cemetery alongside his son, but his family has been denied permission to hold a funeral Mass for the convicted killer.

Gotti, responsible for at least five murders during his bloody reign atop the Gambino crime family, will not receive a Mass of Christian burial, the Rev. Andrew Vaccari, chancellor of the Diocese of Brooklyn, said yesterday.

Instead, Father Vaccari said in a one-sentence statement, "There can be a Mass for the dead sometime after the burial of John Gotti."

Gotti died of cancer Monday at a prison hospital in Missouri. He had been sentenced to life in 1992.

Sect leader believed miracle would save son

TAUNTON, Mass. The leader of a religious sect charged with starving his infant son to death testified yesterday that he believed a miracle would save the 1-year-old, even as the boy became so emaciated his bones showed through his skin.

Jacques Robidoux, a leader of a sect known as "The Body," is on trial for first-degree murder in the death of his son, Samuel. The sect rejects modern medicine.

Mr. Robidoux choked back tears as he described how his son wasted away over two months in 1999 after the family believed God instructed them not to feed the child.

Closing arguments were expected today.

Abbey gunman angry at divorce, cops suspect

CONCEPTION, Mo. The man who killed two monks and wounded two others at a Roman Catholic abbey was unhappy about how the church treated him after he divorced his wife, authorities said yesterday.

Investigators were pursuing annulment papers to detail how Lloyd Jeffress' bitterness toward the church may have been a potential motive in the shooting rampage Monday at Conception Abbey. Jeffress, 71, killed himself after the shooting.

EPA chief learned of report from media

Christie Whitman, the top U.S. environmental regulator, said yesterday she was not told in advance about a contentious Bush administration report that concluded greenhouse gas emissions produced by human activities were the primary cause of global warming.

The report was posted quietly on the Environmental Protection Agency's Web site after it was sent to the United Nations.

Mrs. Whitman, the head of the EPA, said she did not read the report in advance and was not even aware of the study until news organizations reported it.

House names conferees on energy package

The House of Representatives yesterday named its members to serve as conferees for the final negotiations of President Bush's energy package. The measure passed the House in August but remained stalled in the Senate until earlier this year.

In combining the House and Senate bills, House Majority Whip Tom DeLay said their key concern will be reducing dependence on foreign oil and opening the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to drilling. The drilling provision passed the House but was killed in the Senate.

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