- The Washington Times - Saturday, February 5, 2005

Man gets 50 years in rape of infant

HOUSTON - Keith Samuel Cook was sentenced to 50 years in prison for raping a 6-week-old girl last February.

The girl’s mother, Eugenia White, 28, was not in court as the three-day trial ended. She testified earlier this week that she had been dating Cook, 35, for about six months when the assault occurred, and initially lied about it to doctors and detectives, the Houston Chronicle reported.

Miss White originally said she had “scratched” her daughter while changing a diaper. She is charged with failure to report child abuse, punishable by up to one year in jail.

She told jurors that she had been taking a bath at her apartment Feb. 20 when Cook told her he had scratched the baby while changing a diaper.

The girl is in the custody of a relative.

John Edwards to lead UNC poverty center

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - Former Democratic vice presidential candidate John Edwards will lead a University of North Carolina center that will study ways to lift people out of poverty.

Mr. Edwards, a 1977 graduate of UNC’s law school, will be director of the Center on Poverty, Work and Opportunity, the university said yesterday. He will hold a part-time, two-year faculty position, funded by private gifts to the university.

Mr. Edwards served one term in the Senate and pursued a presidential run last year before being picked as Sen. John Kerry’s running mate. While in the Senate, Mr. Edwards pushed for raising the minimum wage, expanding the earned income tax credit and creating matching savings accounts for poor families.

Democrat quits race for party chairman

Activist Simon Rosenberg abandoned his bid for Democratic National Committee chairman yesterday and backed front-runner Howard Dean, moving the former presidential candidate closer to capturing the party title.

Mr. Rosenberg’s departure from the race leaves a field of three [-] Mr. Dean, Democratic activist Donnie Fowler, who ran the 2004 presidential campaign in Michigan, and former Indiana Rep. Tim Roemer.

About 430 voting members of the party’s national committee will choose a successor to outgoing DNC Chairman Terry McAuliffe next Saturday[NOTE]on Feb. 12[NOTE].

Mr. Dean surged into the lead with 250 endorsements from DNC members, but some are worried about the candidate’s at-times fiery comments and style. Mr. Rosenberg, president of the New Democrat Network, stressed the former Vermont governor’s success in rallying support and his ability to unify the party.


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