- The Washington Times - Tuesday, May 21, 2002

Breaux: Check background of each nursing-home aid
Citing the growing problem of abuse of the elderly, the chairman of the Senate Government Affairs aging subcommittee wants criminal-background checks for nursing-home workers and expanded powers for the government.
"We have an obligation to protect the fastest-growing segment of the population," Sen. John B. Breaux, Louisiana Democrat, said before proposing his legislation yesterday at a hearing on financial exploitation of older people.
Mr. Breaux's panel was hearing stories of a man who fell prey to a young woman who feigned a romantic interest to obtain his home and money, a woman victimized by home-improvement con men, and an elderly man whose new male friend drained his bank account.
Mr. Breaux's bill is the product of an expansive investigation that found increasing and widespread abuse of the elderly and concluded that as many as four out of five such crimes have gone unreported. He credits fellow Sen. Herb Kohl, Wisconsin Democrat, for the idea about background checks.

Tobacco trial hears closing arguments
SAN DIEGO R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. should be fined $20 million and barred from advertising in 50 magazines to prevent it from targeting teen-agers, prosecutors said yesterday.
"They have advertised in magazines very popular with teen-agers, such as Motorcyclist, Hot Rod and Spin," Karen Leaf, of the state Attorney General's Office, said during closing arguments at the monthlong trial.
The state accuses Reynolds, the nation's No. 2 tobacco firm, of marketing to teens in violation of the 1998 settlement that major tobacco companies reached with 46 states.

Museum of Modern Art moves to Queens
NEW YORK The Museum of Modern Art, embarking on an $800 million plan to modernize its West 53rd Street headquarters, is closing its doors today before taking up temporary quarters across the East River in Queens.
The museum, one of the world's foremost homes to modern and contemporary art affectionately known as MOMA to art lovers will shift operations on June 29 for three years to MOMA QNS, housed in a former Swingline stapler-factory building.

Conference focuses on emergency management
NEW YORK A three-day conference on management in emergency situations designed to draw lessons from the September 11 attacks opened here yesterday.
It was organized by city and state officials and features U.S. and foreign speakers, who will share their experiences stemming from the attacks.
Former New York Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani and some of his aides, who bore the brunt of city management after the terrorist strikes, will be among the main speakers.

Navy elevates admiral to new post
Rear. Adm. Terrance T. Etnyre, commander of the San Diego-based Cruiser-Destroyer Group One, has been named as the new commander of Naval Surface Force Atlantic, the Navy announced yesterday.
A surface warfare officer and nuclear-propulsion specialist, Adm. Etnyre will move to Norfolk to assume responsibility for the training and maintenance of surface combatants in the Atlantic Fleet.
As commander of Cruiser-Destroyer Group One, Adm. Etnyre has led the USS Constellation aircraft carrier battle group for about 18 months. He was selected for promotion to two-star rank last June.


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