- The Washington Times - Wednesday, May 22, 2002

Congress to meet in New York Sept. 6

House leaders indicated yesterday they had settled on Sept. 6 for a special congressional session in New York City.

The session, just before the one-year anniversary of the September 11 attacks, would be a symbolic gathering of support to the city to which each state would send at least one member from its House and Senate delegations. It was scaled back from original ideas for a full-blown session.

"We're looking at something like the session to commemorate the bicentennial in Philadelphia," said John Feehery, a spokesman for House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert, Illinois Republican.

Mr. Feehery said New York Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg had proposed Sept. 6. "That's looking like the date," Mr. Feehery said.

Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle, South Dakota Democrat, has supported the idea of holding a session in New York City. His spokeswoman had no immediate comment on the Sept. 6 date.

Pipe bomb found in Missouri mailbox

CAULFIELD, Mo. A woman found a pipe bomb in her mailbox, rigged to explode when the door was opened, authorities said. A bomb squad disabled the device and nobody was hurt.

Investigators said yesterday they believed the woman was targeted, perhaps because she was a witness in a lawsuit.

"There were several other mailboxes in the area that would have been easier targets if you didn't want to be seen," said Don Reid of the Howell County Sheriff's Department.

The woman, whose name was not released, found the bomb Monday when she peered into her mailbox to check for a bird that had built its nest inside.

Jury clears school, police in Letourneau case

SEATTLE The school district and police department could not have prevented Mary Kay Letourneau from having sexual relations with her former sixth-grade pupil, a King County jury ruled late Monday.

The student, Vili Fualaau, now 18, was not in court when the verdict was read. His mother and co-plaintiff, Soona Vili, sighed deeply.

In the civil trial, they had sought as much as $2.4 million in damages for emotional and psychological harm, pain and suffering, and lost income.

"We respect the jury's verdict, said the family's attorney, Cyrus Vance Jr. He said no decision had been reached on an appeal. "The jury has reached its verdict, and we respect it," he said.

The verdict concluded a nine-week trial in which Mr. Fualaau's attorney claimed the relationship was "torture, not true love," and left Mr. Fualaau suicidal and unemployable, with two young daughters for whom he was ill-equipped to care.

Study says natural birth riskier after Caesarean

CHICAGO Giving birth naturally after delivering a previous child by Caesarean carries a higher, albeit small, risk to the newborn, British researchers said yesterday.

The leading causes of death were a rupturing of the uterus in the latter stages of the pregnancy and a lack of oxygen reaching the infant during a vaginal birth, the report said.

The study of five years of Scottish birth records found 20 newborn deaths among 15,000 births to women who had Caesareans but carried subsequent pregnancies to term for either vaginal deliveries or unplanned Caesareans.

Booth doctor's grandson dies at 101

SAGINAW, Mich. Richard D. Mudd, who spent much of his life trying to overturn his grandfather's conviction on charges of aiding Lincoln assassin John Wilkes Booth, died early yesterday. He was 101.

Mr. Mudd died at home, his son told the Saginaw News. Mr. Mudd, who retired in 1965 after 37 years as an industrial physician and surgeon for General Motors Corp., traveled the nation on speaking engagements, many of them before Civil War historical organizations.

He spent decades trying to clear the name of his grandfather, Dr. Samuel A. Mudd, who treated Booth after the 1865 assassination of President Lincoln.

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