- The Washington Times - Monday, May 20, 2002

Judge to rule on Blake paying defense costs
LOS ANGELES A Los Angeles judge is expected to rule today on whether actor Robert Blake should be allowed to pay legal defense costs for his bodyguard, who is accused of helping the actor plan his wife's murder last year.
Mr. Blake, 68, and his former bodyguard, Earle Caldwell, were arrested last month and charged in the May 4, 2001, murder of Bonny Lee Bakley, with whom the "Baretta" star has a daughter.
So far, Mr. Blake has put up $1 million in cash and an undisclosed amount of legal fees for Mr. Caldwell, 46, who is represented by Los Angeles attorney Arna Zlotnick.

Exotic dancer's child to return to school
A 5-year-old Rancho Cordova, Calif., girl will return to kindergarten at a private religious school after being expelled last week because administrators discovered her mother works as a nude dancer, the Sacramento Bee reports.
Christina Silvas, 24, agreed to stop working at Gold Club Centerfolds for at least the next three weeks so that her daughter can graduate from kindergarten at Capital Christian School.
During that time, Miss Silvas said, she will explore several job offers that local businesses, including an insurance company and a radio station, made after her plight became national news.

Mauled zookeeper released from hospital
TAMPA, Fla. A Busch Gardens zookeeper has gone home from a hospital less than a week after a lion attacked her.
Amanda Bourassa, 21, was released from Tampa General Hospital on Saturday, spokesman John Dunn said yesterday.
Miss Bourassa had been handling meat when she looped one finger around a bar of the lion's cage as she stood up. The 364-pound African lion, named Max, then grabbed her finger and bit her arm, severing it at the elbow.
Surgeons were not able to reattach Miss Bourassa's arm.
Busch Gardens officials said yesterday that Max remains on display and that the 12-year-old lion will not be killed. They have said the park's safety policies would be reviewed.

Van crashes into park fence
JACKSON, N.J. A van crashed through a fence at a safari park yesterday, injuring 10 persons.
Three persons were taken to a hospital after the accident at Six Flags Great Adventure's safari park. Details of their conditions were not immediately available. Seven others were treated at the scene.
Park spokeswoman Pat Klingensmith said the driver, identified only as a 55-year-old New York man, suffered a medical problem while driving through a section where monkeys are exhibited.
The van carrying 11 family members and friends accelerated and crashed through a fence into an area for elk and bison.

N.Y. officers attend terror symposium
NEW YORK Five New York City police investigators are in Israel for a symposium on suicide bombers, Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said yesterday.
The officers are apparently the first members of a U.S. police department to receive training from Israeli counterterrorism experts.
Mr. Kelly said he did not know if the New York officers had gone to the scene of an attack yesterday in Netanya, where two persons died in a suicide bombing.
Mr. Kelly, former head of the U.S. Customs Service, said coordination among federal, state and local law enforcement agencies has improved since September 11, but it still could be better.


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