- The Washington Times - Saturday, October 26, 2002

Stroke symptoms said different for women

Women feel the effects of a stroke differently than men do, researchers said yesterday and this can affect the type of treatment they get.

Women suffering from stroke are more likely to say they have headache, face and limb pain, disorientation and other nontraditional stroke symptoms, which could delay treatment, the researchers reported in the Annals of Emergency Medicine.

It is vital to treat stroke, the third-leading cause of death in the United States, as quickly as possible.

Doctors are trained to look for male symptoms that include sudden changes in sensation, walking ability, balance, motor functions including paralysis of one side of the body speech, vision and dizziness.


California lawmaker pulls out of PAC

Rep. Nancy Pelosi, California Democrat, is halting campaign fund raising and spending through a political action committee, which campaign-finance specialists said was operating inappropriately.

The PAC, Team Majority, is one of two leadership PACs that Mrs. Pelosi, the second-ranking Democrat in the House, uses to support Democratic candidates for Congress. Former California Lt. Gov. Leo McCarthy, treasurer of both PACs, said yesterday he would retrieve contributions from Team Majority to congressional candidates.

When multiple PACs are under the control of the same person, they're considered affiliated and must adhere to limits as if they were one. Federal law limits PAC contributions to candidates to $5,000 per election. Donors to PACs can give $5,000 annually.

Mrs. Pelosi's committees operated as if they were unrelated, which several experts in campaign-finance law said raised concerns that Mrs. Pelosi was trying to avoid federal limits.


Serial killer asks for hoodless execution

SALT LAKE CITY A serial killer who asked to be executed by firing squad without the traditional hood over his head will be granted his wish, the state Supreme Court ruled yesterday.

Roberto Arguelles made the unusual request after he was convicted in 1997 of killing three teenage girls and a woman in her 40s.

A court gave its approval, but the execution was delayed after Arguelles attempted to hang himself with a prison laundry bag.


Ex-cop sues California candidate

LOS ANGELES California Republican gubernatorial candidate Bill Simon was sued for $100 million yesterday by a man Mr. Simon claimed had given his opponent, Democratic Gov. Gray Davis, an illegal campaign contribution.

Retired police officer and state parole board member Alfred Angele demanded $25 million in compensatory damages and $75 million in punitive damages in the lawsuit filed in Los Angeles for Mr. Simon's purported "defamatory statements."

The lawsuit centers on an Oct. 8 claim by Mr. Simon that there was a 1998 photograph of Mr. Angele handing then-Lt. Gov. Davis a $10,000 check in Mr. Davis' state office building "in clear violation of the state law."

California law bars officeholders from accepting contributions in state offices, but the picture turned out to have been taken at a private home.

Mr. Simon retracted his accusation, but Mr. Angele claims he has never received a written apology. He said negative publicity sullied his reputation and caused him "stress-related pain."


Fighter jets collide in Utah desert

HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah Two F-16 fighter jets collided yesterday in the desert west of a training base, authorities said. One pilot reportedly survived and the condition of the other was not known.

The Air Force confirmed an "incident" over the Utah Test and Training Range about 2:45 p.m. involving two fighter jets from the 388th Fighter Wing. Search-and-rescue crews were en route, the Air Force said in a brief statement.

Nancy Corey, the Federal Aviation Administration's regional operations manager in Seattle, said one pilot was reported to be "OK" and that the other pilot's condition was not known.


Nazi camp guard ordered to be deported

NEW YORK A federal judge has ordered the deportation of a 79-year-old man who served as an armed guard at slave-labor camps during World War II, the Department of Justice announced yesterday.

U.S. Immigration Judge Mirlande Tadal ruled Thursday that Mykola Wasylyk, 79, should be deported to the Ukraine, the former Soviet republic he considers his native country.

Wasylyk guarded prisoners at the Trawniki and Budzyn forced-labor camps in Nazi-occupied Poland from April 1943 to November 1943, Judge Tadal said.

A call yesterday to Wasylyk's residence in Ellenville, a rural community 75 miles north of New York City, was not returned.

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