- The Washington Times - Sunday, November 3, 2002

Democrats urge voters to go to polls

Democrats called for Americans to go to the polls Tuesday and vote for members of their party to get the economy "working again."
Tom Strickland, Democratic candidate for the Senate from Colorado, made this plea yesterday in the Democrats' weekly radio address. So did Sen. Patty Murray, Washington Democrat and chairman of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, who was interviewed on CNN's "Novak, Hunt & Shields."
They called for changes such as an increased minimum wage, extended unemployment benefits, tax relief for workers, family farmers and small businesses, tax cuts for families to make college more affordable, and better protection of workers' pensions.
But Sen. Bill Frist, Tennessee Republican and chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, derided Democrats' efforts to make the weak economy a key campaign issue. That was their goal, "but it has backfired," he said on CNN.
Mr. Frist said the reason for the diminished results is that President Bush and the Republican Party "are the only ones who have an agenda of making the [Bush] tax cuts permanent, of passing a budget and of having an energy plan."

Mother charged in deaths of children
JACKSON, Miss. The mother of three of six children who died when a rural mobile home caught fire has been charged with manslaughter and child neglect.
The children, ages 3 to 12, were home alone Oct. 19, when the fire apparently spread from a candle that had been used to light the home, officials said.
District Attorney James Powell said Angela Williams was charged Friday with six counts of manslaughter and six counts of child neglect, and was in custody. Each count of manslaughter has a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison. The child-neglect charges each carry a maximum penalty of one year and a $1,000 fine.
The mother of the other three children, Mrs. Williams' sister, Carolyn Williams, will not be charged, authorities said.
Tchula, a town of 2,300, sits in the southern rim of the Mississippi Delta in the poorest county in the state. Officials have said the trailer did not have electricity.

Chronic wasting disease found in doe
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. A young female deer shot by a landowner is Illinois' first case of chronic wasting disease, a fatal wildlife illness linked to "mad cow disease," state officials said.
The man shot the doe in Winnebago County, in north-central Illinois, in late October because it appeared ill, the Illinois Department of Natural Resources said. Tests confirmed the diagnosis Friday.
The disease is in the same family of illnesses as bovine spongiform encephalopathy, commonly known as mad cow disease, which can damage brain and nerve tissue.

Jury recommends death in barrel-bodies case
OLATHE, Kan. Jurors recommended the death penalty yesterday for a man convicted of killing three women, including two whose bodies were found in barrels on his rural property.
John Robinson Sr. was convicted Tuesday of two counts of capital murder in the deaths of the two women, with whom prosecutors say he had sadomasochistic sexual relationships, and one count of first-degree murder in the case of a woman whose body was never found.
Robinson sat rocking in his chair with his hand on his face but showed little emotion as the verdict was read.
Judge John Anderson III will sentence Robinson in a few months.
Robinson, 58, was convicted for the murders of Suzette Trouten, 27, and Izabela Lewicka, 21. Both women were killed after being lured to Kansas by Robinson to engage in sadomasochistic sexual relations. Robinson was also convicted of first-degree murder for the death of Lisa Stasi, 19. Her body was never found. Robinson will be sentenced for her death at a later date.

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