- The Washington Times - Thursday, May 30, 2002

Comedian Bob Hope celebrates 99th birthday
LOS ANGELES Bob Hope turned 99 yesterday with an outpouring of birthday wishes.
The partying started early for the Hope family, with the comic's wife, Dolores, celebrating her 93rd birthday on Monday. Balloons, flowers and gifts arrived at their Toluca Lake home throughout the week, and the couple had a low-key party with cake and ice cream on Tuesday night.

Research links smoking to mental illness
Specialists long have known that psychological disorders are unusually common among cigarette smokers. New studies are suggesting cigarette smoking is the cause not the consequence of some psychiatric disorders, including common conditions that involve depression and anxiety, Scripps Howard reports.
A 1998 study on 1,000 teen-age smokers headed by Dr. Naomi Breslau found that people who smoked before the study began had twice the risk of developing major depression during the ensuing five years.
A University of Cincinnati study of 8,704 teen-agers found that mentally healthy teen-agers who start smoking are four times more likely to develop depression than their nonsmoking peers.

Skakel's sister called as rebuttal witness
NORWALK, Conn. The older sister of Kennedy cousin Michael Skakel testified yesterday that she saw a figure run across the family property the night Martha Moxley was murdered, but does not believe it was her brother.
Julie Skakel said that although she at first thought it was Michael and called out his name, the figure did not respond and she now doesn't believe it was him.
Michael Skakel, 41, is charged with beating Miss Moxley to death with a golf club in 1975 when both were 15. Mr. Skakel is a nephew of Robert F. Kennedy's widow, Ethel Kennedy.

Deputy kills defendant in court gunbattle
MILWAUKEE A murder defendant was fatally shot and a sheriff's deputy was wounded in a Milwaukee County courtroom yesterday, Police Chief Arthur Jones said.
The defendant reached for the deputy's gun in the courtroom, and it discharged, striking the deputy in the leg, said Milwaukee County Sheriff David A. Clarke Jr.
The defendant was then fatally shot by an officer in the courtroom.

Sinkhole opens up on Florida interstate
LAKE MARY, Fla. A 10-foot-deep sinkhole opened up on a busy stretch of Interstate 4 during the morning rush hour yesterday, forcing a traffic backup that stretched five miles.
The sinkhole began opening about 6 a.m., forcing the closure of two of the three westbound lanes on the highway, which runs between Orlando and Daytona Beach, said a spokesman for the Florida Highway Patrol.

Groups seek release of detainees' names
The Justice Department is ignoring fundamental freedom of information laws by keeping secret the names of those detained as part of the September 11 investigation, civil rights and public access groups said in federal court yesterday.
The case, argued before U.S. District Judge Gladys Kessler, was brought by the groups in response to the government's repeated refusals to reveal the names and locations of those detained.

Killer of professors gets additional sentence
HAVERHILL, N.H. A teen-ager already serving life in prison for killing two Dartmouth College professors received an additional 15 to 30 years yesterday for conspiracy.
The sentence came in a plea bargain. Robert Tulloch, 19, pleaded guilty last month to first-degree murder in the January 2001 stabbing deaths of Half and Susanne Zantop.


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