- The Washington Times - Friday, December 26, 2003

Toddler model’s mom seeks lost wages

STAMFORD, Conn. — A 2-year-old model and actor who cut his head at a playground is seeking unspecified lost wages and other compensation from the city.

Konrad Mader of Greenwich was running toward a treehouse at a playground Nov. 4 when he crashed into a railing, according to a claim filed last week by his mother and reported yesterday by the Advocate of Stamford. The toddler received several stitches.

Deena Mader, the boy’s mother, did not specify how much she is seeking on behalf of her son. She blamed the boy’s injury on a green railing, which she said blends in with the landscaping. Mrs. Mader said the railing should be painted a brighter color.

Jackson says it’s OK to sleep with child

NEW YORK — Michael Jackson told CBS’ “60 Minutes” that he still believes it’s acceptable to sleep with children and that he would “slit my wrists” before he would hurt a child.

Mr. Jackson, arrested Nov. 20 on suspicion of child molestation, denied the charges against him during an interview with Ed Bradley conducted Christmas night and set to air tomorrow. CBS released a portion of the interview yesterday.

Asked by Mr. Bradley if it were still OK to sleep with children given the charges against him, Mr. Jackson answered, “Of course.”

“Why not?” he said. “If you’re going to be a pedophile, if you’re going to be Jack the Ripper, if you’re going to be a murderer, it’s not a good idea. That I am not.”

Mr. Jackson, 45, is charged with seven counts of performing lewd or lascivious acts upon a child under 14 and two counts of administering an intoxicating agent. He remains free on $3 million bail.

Ex-congressman dies at age 74

PEABODY, Mass. — Former Rep. Nicholas Mavroules, who served seven terms in Congress before being voted out of office in 1992 during a corruption scandal that sent him to prison, has died. He was 74.

Mr. Mavroules died Thursday at Salem Hospital, according to Conway, Cahill-Brodeur Funeral Home. He was recovering from gastric surgery.

Mr. Mavroules, the son of Greek immigrants, pleaded guilty in 1993 to charges that included failing to report the use of free cars as income and accepting a gratuity in the form of a low-rent beach house. He served 11 months in prison.

Mr. Mavroules was chairman of the House subcommittee on investigations, helped expose major cost overruns on Navy aircraft and shed light on the 1989 explosion on the battleship USS Iowa.

He led a congressional investigation into the 1983 terrorist bombing of a barracks in Beirut, in which 241 Marines were killed. In addition, Mr. Mavroules was a vocal advocate of a nuclear-weapons freeze and opposed President Reagan’s missile-defense shield.

“He had a very effective record and always had an open door for people who were looking for help or support,” said former Boston Mayor Raymond L. Flynn.

Mr. Mavroules is survived by his wife, Mary, and three daughters.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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