- The Washington Times - Sunday, October 6, 2002

Rep. Patsy Mink honored at funeral service
HONOLULU To the sound of a conch shell and a traditional Hawaiian chant, Rep. Patsy T. Mink was remembered for her sincerity, integrity and tenacity in fighting for her liberal beliefs.
About 1,500 people gathered in the state Capitol rotunda Friday for the funeral of Mrs. Mink, the petite, energy-packed Democratic lawmaker known throughout the islands and the nation's capital simply as "Patsy." She was the first woman from an ethnic minority to serve in Congress.
Hawaiian political and business leaders, Democrats and Republicans, joined two dozen of Mrs. Mink's congressional colleagues, and Mrs. Mink's family and friends in a public funeral that packed the multitiered atrium of the Capitol. More than 1,000 people stood around the balconies and behind 300 seated mourners facing Mrs. Mink's flag-draped coffin.
An honor guard from Washington, D.C., had watched over the closed casket through the night as hundreds of people entered a tent to pay their respects. Mrs. Mink, who served 12 terms in Congress, died Sept. 28 of viral pneumonia. She was 74.

Fired in anthrax probe, researcher plans to sue
Steven Hatfill, who has criticized the FBI for publicly naming him as a "person of interest" in its investigation of the 2001 deadly anthrax mailings, said yesterday that he planned to sue for defamation.
Mr. Hatfill, a germ-warfare expert said at a conference hosted by Accuracy In Media, a nonprofit media watchdog group, that he would file several lawsuits against various unidentified people and organizations, his spokesman Pat Clawson said.
Last month Mr. Hatfill's attorney asked Attorney General John Ashcroft to apologize and help find a new job for Mr. Hatfill, who was fired in September by Louisiana State University's National Center for Biomedical Research and Training.
Mr. Hatfill has denied any involvement in the anthrax attacks that killed five persons in 2001, appearing at two news conferences to assert his innocence and criticize the government's handling of the case.

Panel encourages reform groups
WESTON, Mass. Oklahoma Gov. Frank Keating, in his first speech as head of a panel reviewing Roman Catholic Church policy, said the church hierarchy should embrace reform groups, and he encouraged Catholics to press for change with their checkbooks and through church attendance.
The church can benefit from debate with lay groups, reformers, critics and others, Mr. Keating, a Republican, said Friday at a conference on women and the church.

Court denies bail for Michael Skakel
HARTFORD, Conn. The Connecticut Supreme Court has denied Kennedy cousin Michael Skakel's request for bail while the appeal of his murder conviction is pending.
The state's high court issued the ruling Friday without comment.
Skakel, a nephew of Ethel Kennedy and the late Sen. Robert F. Kennedy, was convicted in June of beating Martha Moxley to death with a golf club in Greenwich when they were 15-year-old neighbors in 1975. He was sentenced to 20 years to life in prison in August.
His attorneys have cited numerous issues they plan to raise on appeal, including a statute of limitations and the transfer of the case from juvenile to adult court.
Oral arguments on the appeal are not expected until next year.

Conjoined twins' father to consult with doctors
DALLAS The father of conjoined Egyptian twins is expected to arrive in Dallas next weekend to consult with doctors about the risks of separating the two boys.
Ibrahim Mohammed Ibrahim, who received an expedited U.S. visa, has not seen his sons since June, when Ahmed and Mohamed Ibrahim arrived at North Texas Hospital for Children at Medical City in Dallas.
Since they arrived, Dr. Kenneth Salyer and a team of specialists have been evaluating the 16-month-old boys, who are conjoined at the crown of their heads.
Mr. Ibrahim has said he favors the surgery, but doctors want to make sure he understands the potential consequences of separation, which include death, said Sue Blackwood, director of the World Craniofacial Foundation.


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