- The Washington Times - Saturday, May 24, 2003

Giuliani weds girlfriend at Gracie Mansion

NEW YORK — Former Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani tied the knot last night in a 15-minute ceremony before 400 guests gathered on the lawn outside Gracie Mansion.

Mr. Giuliani and Judith Nathan recited traditional wedding vows before Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, said Mr. Giuliani’s spokesman, Sunny Mindel.

Asked whether he was nervous before the ceremony, Mr. Giuliani replied, “No, not at all. I’ve performed 200 of these as mayor.”

Collapsed bridge closes section of interstate

BIG SPRINGS, Neb. — A tractor-trailer slammed into a bridge support on Interstate 80 in western Nebraska, sending the bridge crashing down onto the truck and killing the driver. A 10-mile stretch of Interstate 80 remained closed yesterday.

Gov. Mike Johanns said crews would work around-the-clock to remove the wreckage. Crews began removing the overpass yesterday, and authorities predict that the interstate will reopen tomorrow, Mr. Johanns said.

A nearby portion of the interstate was closed during the busy July Fourth weekend last year when approaches to two interstate bridges in Ogallala washed out in flash flooding.

Broadway musicians approve new contract

NEW YORK — Two months after Broadway musicians and producers reached a tentative agreement that ended a four-day strike, the musicians approved a new contract, a union spokeswoman confirmed yesterday.

Members of Local 802 of the American Federation of Musicians voted 394 to 160 in favor of the contract, spokeswoman Heather Beaudoin said.

The voting took place from Wednesday to Friday, and the votes were counted Friday night, she said. About 1,200 musicians were eligible to vote.

Jurors’ reliance on Bible throws out sentencing

BRIGHTON, Colo. — Trying to decide whether to sentence a convicted killer to die, jurors Ridawn Yantis Cummings and Lana Eaton-Ochoa scoured the Bible for passages pertaining to the death penalty.

The jury eventually sentenced Robert Harlan to death after the 1995 trial. However, a judge threw out the sentence on Friday, saying jurors improperly relied on the “eye for an eye” teachings of the Bible.

Prosecutors plan to appeal. They said the use of biblical passages could not have influenced the verdict and that passages were read only for comfort and inspiration.

Judge John Vigil ordered a new sentencing hearing for Harlan, who was convicted of kidnapping, raping and murdering Rhonda Maloney, 25. He also shot a passer-by who tried to help, leaving her paralyzed.

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