- The Washington Times - Sunday, March 7, 2004

Singer Crosby arrested on pot, gun chargesNEW YORK — Musician David Crosby was arrested on marijuana and gun-possession charges early yesterday at a Times Square hotel, police said. Mr. Crosby, 62, a two-time inductee to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, had checked out of the hotel but left a piece of luggage behind, police said.A hotel worker found the bag and went through it looking for identification. He called police after finding marijuana, a .45-caliber handgun and two knives, authorities said. The singer was met by police when he returned to pick up the bag, investigators said.In 1985, he was convicted of drug possession in Dallas and spent a year in prison before his conviction was overturned on appeal.Doctors still mulling Ashcroft treatmentThe first 48 hours are key to determining how treatment will proceed for Attorney General John Ashcroft, who was in a hospital intensive-care unit suffering from a severe case of gallstone pancreatitis.The serious and painful abdominal illness often clears up after a week or so of treatment, but sometimes requires surgery and, in extreme cases, can kill. Doctors at George Washington University Hospital were still evaluating the attorney general and awaiting results of tests before deciding on their next step, which could include surgery.Inmate caught 44 years after escapeFORT PIERCE, Fla. — A man was arrested at his Florida home Friday, nearly 44 years after he escaped from a Georgia prison work detail, officials said.Authorities learned who Eddie Mayes was after he visited his son at a prison in Avon Park in December and wrote his real name on a visitors list, the Fort Pierce Tribune reported. A routine check of the names identified him as a fugitive.Mayes, now 67, was serving a 35-year sentence for multiple burglary and robbery when he walked away from the work detail in 1960 to get a drink of water and never returned, according to the Georgia Department of Corrections. His sentence had begun in 1956.Arizona governor vetoes abortion billPHOENIX — Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano Friday vetoed a bill requiring a 24-hour waiting period for abortions less than a half-hour after it hit her desk.”Existing Arizona law already requires that a physician obtain informed consent before performing any surgical procedure,” the governor wrote in her veto message.Miss Napolitano, a Democrat who supports abortion rights, issued the veto Thursday in spite of more than 2,000 calls, e-mails and faxes to her office urging her to sign the legislation and make it law.

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