- The Washington Times - Saturday, January 18, 2003

Autopsy finds Gibb died from a twisted bowel

MIAMI Singer Maurice Gibb of the Bee Gees died because his bowel and small intestine had become so twisted they restricted his blood flow, according to autopsy results released Thursday.

Mr. Gibb, 53, died Sunday, three days after going into cardiac arrest before undergoing emergency surgery for an intestinal blockage.

Dr. Bruce Hyma, the Miami-Dade County medical examiner, said Mr. Gibb died because a condition called ischemic enteropathy restricted the flow of blood to his bowel.

The autopsy, which was performed Tuesday, did not give the immediate cause of the twisting, but it said the singer was born with a malformed intestine that experts said can lead to life-threatening kinks.

"It's very uncommon, what happened to him," said Dr. Jeffrey Raskin, interim chief of gastroenterology at the University of Miami medical school. "People [with his condition] can live to middle age with no symptoms."

Court asked to void death-row clemencies

CHICAGO Prosecutors have asked the Illinois Supreme Court to void 13 more death-row clemencies granted by former Gov. George Ryan because the inmates had not asked to have their sentences commuted.

The petition, filed Thursday, was the second submitted by prosecutors this week. The first asked the court to void 10 clemencies, arguing Mr. Ryan overstepped his authority. Those inmates' sentences had been vacated in state or federal court and they were awaiting resentencing.

Last Saturday, two days before the end of his term, Mr. Ryan pardoned four men on death row and granted clemency to the 167 inmates who were left.

Archdiocese subpoenas victims' therapists

BOSTON Lawyers for the Boston Archdiocese, which offered to pay for counseling for people who say they were abused by priests, have begun issuing subpoenas to the therapists to get details about the sessions.

The subpoenas issued this week require therapists to answer questions under oath about the counseling, a move that has outraged those who say they are victims and their attorneys.

"As a moral institution, the church has touted how much it wants to take care of the victims," said Roderick MacLeish Jr., an attorney who represents more than 200 who claim they are victims. "Well, don't be touting your pastoral mission of how you're helping victims and then destroy the key element of treatment, which is confidentiality."

The archdiocese publicly extended the offer for therapy in October.

Panel fines governor for accepting canoe

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. The state ethics commission voted yesterday to fine Gov. Mike Huckabee $250 and issue him a letter of warning for accepting a canoe as a gift from Coca-Cola bottlers.

The commission also voted to issue a letter of caution to the Republican governor for initially failing to report another gift a stadium blanket. The governor later amended a disclosure report to include the gift.

Both claims were part of a case that prompted Mr. Huckabee to sue the commission's director and former chairman to overturn the ethics law that bans elected officials from accepting gifts worth more than $100.

A Pulaski County judge threw out that lawsuit. Mr. Huckabee's appeal of the ruling is pending before the state Supreme Court.

Bushes host mostly politicos at Camp David

Republican donors, friends, family and a who's-who of Cabinet officials are among dozens of guests to stay overnight at Camp David, the longtime presidential retreat that has become one of President Bush's favorite weekend getaways.

Mr. Bush and first lady Laura Bush have played host to more than 240 guests at the Catoctin Mountain retreat near Frederick, Md., since the president took office in January 2001, a list released yesterday by the White House shows.

Aside from professional golfer Ben Crenshaw, the biggest celebrities on the Bushes' Camp David guest list are the political kind, mirroring a list of White House overnight guests the administration released last summer. This stands in contrast to Bill Clinton and his wife, Hillary, whose star-studded roster of presidential houseguests included entertainer Barbra Streisand, actor Tom Hanks and director Steven Spielberg.

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