- The Washington Times - Sunday, March 31, 2002

N.H. court justice injured in assault
MANCHESTER, N.H. A justice on the New Hampshire Supreme Court was attacked in his home early yesterday and beaten beyond recognition, authorities said. A suspect was in custody but had not been charged.
Justice John Broderick, 54, who played a role in the investigation of ethics violations charges against the state's highest judge, was taken into surgery yesterday afternoon at Elliot Hospital. He was in serious condition, but his injuries were not life-threatening, said nurse administrator Dianne Rein.
"He was seriously and brutally assaulted," Attorney General Philip McLaughlin said at a news conference. "We were exceedingly concerned for him at the very beginning of this. We expect that, with time and care, … he has a reasonable chance of recovery."
Justice Broderick was sleeping when he was attacked. Mr. McLaughlin said his face was beaten so severely that he could not recognize him.

Falun Gong member returns to U.S.
DETROIT An American follower of the Falun Gong sect who was detained in Beijing returned to the United States yesterday, saying he had been questioned and threatened before he was deported.
Jason Pomerleau, 25, said only because of their nationality were he and his Canadian girlfriend, Christine Loftus, 22, freed without much harm.
"If we had been Chinese, we would have been beaten severely," Mr. Pomerleau said from Detroit Metropolitan Airport, where he arrived on a flight from Beijing and waited for a connecting flight to Boston. "We are very, very lucky."
His brother, Daniel Pomerleau, a student at Clark University in Worcester, Mass., had been arrested Wednesday while passing out Falun Gong literature and was deported the same day.

Man who jumped ship arrested in Texas
One of four Pakistani crewmen who jumped ship in a Virginia port was arrested yesterday in Texas, immigration officials said.
Ahmad Salman's arrest was based on leads developed by Immigration and Naturalization Service investigators at a bus station in Norfolk, agency spokesman Bill Strassberger said. Those leads took INS special agents to Philadelphia and eventually to San Antonio.
After being put under brief surveillance, Mr. Salman was arrested at midday without incident at a San Antonio apartment building where he was staying with an acquaintance, Mr. Strassberger said.

Wealthy county bans solicitation from streets
CASTLE ROCK, Colo. A wealthy county on the outskirts of Denver has passed a law that bans solicitation by panhandlers and charities alike.
Douglas County commissioners unanimously approved an ordinance Wednesday that allows sheriff's deputies to fine anyone who asks for money on streets or in medians within unincorporated parts of the county.
"This is a simple issue of public safety and the right of someone to drive down the road without the risk of hitting someone," Commissioner Mike Maxwell said. "You can't just have people approaching traffic and … asking for money."
The ordinance, which takes effect April 26, allows church groups and public service agencies to seek permits to solicit for donations on street corners.
Violators of the law will get a warning for their first offense and a $100 fine if they are caught a second time.

Bloomberg's millions set record in election
NEW YORK Billionaire Republican Michael Bloomberg spent more than $76 million of his own money to become mayor of New York City a record in the United States for an election not for president.
The final tally shows he spent $73.9 million during his race to defeat Democrat Mark Green and $2.5 million on his transition and inaugural ceremony, according to papers his campaign staff filed Friday. The total is up from the $74.7 million reported in January.


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