- The Washington Times - Friday, August 26, 2005

Mayor questioned in corruption probe

CHICAGO — Mayor Richard M. Daley said he answered two hours of questions yesterday from representatives of the U.S. attorney, whose office is investigating corruption in City Hall.

Mr. Daley would not detail what questions he was asked, but he said he does not think he is a target of the investigations.

Federal authorities have spent more than 18 months investigating bribes given in return for jobs in a city trucking program. Earlier this year, that probe expanded to purported fraud in the city’s hiring practices.

The voluntary meeting with Mr. Daley was requested by federal authorities several weeks ago and conducted in the mayor’s office yesterday, said his spokeswoman, Jacquelyn Heard.

BTK items to stay with authorities

WICHITA, Kan. — The personal writings, sketches and other items of BTK serial killer Dennis Rader will remain with sheriff’s deputies until the court decides who should have them, a judge ruled yesterday.

The ruling by Judge Timothy Lahey came after a request by the victims’ families, who feared Rader was about to mail out two boxes of items to a woman planning to write a book about him.

The relatives want to keep outsiders from making money off the murders and prevent any sale of crime-scene photos, said attorney Mark Hutton, who is representing three victims’ families.

Kennedy cousin to seek new trial

STAMFORD, Conn. — Kennedy cousin Michael Skakel, convicted three years ago of bludgeoning his neighbor to death with a golf club in 1975, will seek a new trial based on a claim by a cousin of basketball star Kobe Bryant that implicates two other persons in Martha Moxley’s murder.

Skakel’s attorneys plan to file the petition for a new trial Monday. Yesterday, the Associated Press obtained a copy of the legal papers, which have been served on state officials.

Gitano “Tony” Bryant’s accusation surfaced in 2003 after Skakel, a nephew of Ethel Kennedy, was convicted of killing Martha when they were both 15. Prosecutors declined to comment on the petition.

Mrs. King to stay hospitalized longer

ATLANTA — The widow of civil rights leader Martin Luther King will remain at a hospital for at least another month undergoing rehabilitation for a heart attack and stroke, her doctor said yesterday.

Mrs. King, 78, is being fed by mouth and is able to say a few short sentences at a time, mostly “I love you” when she sees a family member, said Dr. Maggie Mermin at Piedmont Hospital in Atlanta.

But she said Mrs. King — who had a mild heart attack and a major stroke on Aug. 2 — is not able to speak for any duration. Mrs. King is making some recovery to the right side of her body but is still not able to walk, the doctor said.

Governors agree on fate of town

LAS CRUCES, N.M. — The governors of New Mexico and its southern neighbor, the Mexican state of Chihuahua, agreed yesterday to bulldoze or board up buildings in an almost abandoned border town that is a haven for would-be immigrants and smugglers.

Gov. Bill Richardson and Chihuahua Gov. Jose Reyes Baeza also said they hoped to establish a police presence to end lawlessness in the dusty Mexican community of Las Chepas, which is considered a staging ground for migrants and drug and human smugglers.

It was the governors’ first meeting since Mr. Richardson, citing growing violence, declared a state of emergency in New Mexico’s four border counties earlier this month.

From staff reports and wire dispatches

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