- The Washington Times - Sunday, December 18, 2005

Lott: Katrina losses may affect re-election

GULFPORT, Miss. — Sen. Trent Lott says personal losses he suffered because of Hurricane Katrina will weigh on his decision whether to run for re-election in 2006.

The Mississippi Republican lost his waterfront home in Pascagoula during the Aug. 29 storm.

“It was about half my net worth. I have a $400,000 loss after the flood insurance,” the former Senate majority leader said.

Mr. Lott is suing his insurance company in federal court to collect for damage to his home.

The senator said his family is divided over his running again.

Another consideration, he said, is that he is “so disappointed with the [Bush] administration’s response to this disaster that I’m almost embarrassed.”

JFK car flags sell for $450,000

NEW YORK — Two flags that flew from the convertible President John F. Kennedy was riding in when he was assassinated in 1963 sold at auction yesterday for $450,000.

The banners, one an American flag, the other bearing the presidential seal, were among the most-sought items at the three-day auction of memorabilia from the lives of John and Jacqueline Kennedy. Guernsey’s auction house declined to identify the buyer.

The auction featured more than 1,500 lots of items, most from the collection of the late Robert White, a Kennedy admirer who befriended the president’s secretary and inherited much of the memorabilia from her when she died.

Parking ticket grows to forgery charge

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. — A man faces a felony forgery charge after purportedly trying to alter a $100 ticket he received for parking illegally in a handicapped space.

Police say William S. Shufro, 46, of Portsmouth, tried to alter the ticket to give the appearance that it had been issued for parking in a no-parking zone, which carries a $20 fine.

The altered ticket was sent to City Hall, along with $20, police Lt. Fred Hoysradt said.

Police — who had a copy of the original ticket — saw the change, then charged Mr. Shufro with forgery, a felony punishable by 3 to seven years in prison, Lt. Hoysradt said.

State awards stem-cell grants

TRENTON, N.J. — A New Jersey commission on Friday awarded $5 million in grants for stem-cell research, including what is expected to be the first disbursements from a state for experiments on human embryonic stem cells.

Three of the 17 grants involve human embryonic stem cells, a contentious area of the emerging science.

Supporters think the stem cells, which can develop into any type of tissue in the body, will one day be useful in treating ailments ranging from diabetes to Alzheimer’s and spinal-cord injuries.

Many conservatives, including President Bush, oppose embryonic stem-cell research because embryos are destroyed. Mr. Bush in 2001 restricted the use of federal money to embryonic stem-cell lines already in existence.

The recipients of the three grants all intend to use existing lines, according to the New Jersey Commission on Science and Technology.

Woman sentenced for disfiguring sister

SAN DIEGO — A woman who authorities say tried to disfigure her teenage sister by throwing boiling cooking oil on her was sentenced to 24 years in prison.

Amber Jackson, 21, maintained the attack was an accident, said Deputy District Attorney Teresa Santana. Jackson was convicted last month of assault and aggravated mayhem and was sentenced Friday.

Prosecutors said the September 2004 attack occurred after Jackson demanded that her 15-year-old sibling apologize for a perceived slight. When the girl refused, prosecutors said Jackson threw a cup of boiling oil at her.

The hot oil caused second- and third-degree burns on her neck, upper chest and hip.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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