- The Washington Times - Friday, June 16, 2006

Bush raises cash for candidates

SEATTLE — President Bush darted across the country yesterday to raise more than $1 million for a pair of political candidates, part of a stepped-up fundraising pace aimed at helping Republicans retain their majority in Congress.

Mr. Bush flew from the White House to Seattle for a 21/2-hour visit to help freshman Rep. Dave Reichert and the state Republican Party raise more than $830,000. Then he was off to New Mexico for a two-hour stop to raise $375,000 for Rep. Heather A. Wilson.

Monday night, Mr. Bush is scheduled to appear before 5,000 donors in Washington for a dinner that is projected to raise $26 million for the Republican House and Senate campaign committees.

Man charged in wife’s suicide

STONY POINT, N.Y. — A man was arraigned yesterday on charges that he helped his wife commit suicide by stepping aside as she drove the family minivan down a 300-foot cliff with their two daughters inside.

Both children survived, but Victor Han’s 35-year-old wife, Heijin, died in the crash Wednesday night at Bear Mountain State Park, 40 miles north of New York City.

Mr. Han, 34, was charged with promoting a suicide attempt and reckless endangerment, both felonies, and endangering the welfare of a child, a misdemeanor. His bail was set at $75,000 cash or $100,000 bond, court clerk Diane Quinn said.

Rove, Bolten are millionaires

Karl Rove, President Bush’s senior political adviser, reported assets of at least $1.8 million for 2005, while White House Chief of Staff Joshua B. Bolten was worth at least $1.1 million, according to financial disclosure forms released by the White House yesterday.

Mr. Rove’s assets amounted to $1.8 million to $6.9 million, while Mr. Bolten reported assets of $1.1 million to $2.4 million, according to the forms.

Each asset value is reported in wide ranges so a precise financial worth could not be determined.

Mr. Rove’s most valuable asset was a home in Rosemary Beach, Fla., with a value of $1 million to $5 million. He also reported income on assets of about $65,000 to $203,000.

Much of Mr. Bolten’s wealth was held in money market and Treasury securities. Also included was a vacation home in Key West, Fla., valued at $500,000 to $1 million.

Archdiocese sued by 13, abuse cited

PHILADELPHIA — Thirteen persons who say they were abused by Roman Catholic priests several years ago have filed a federal racketeering lawsuit against the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.

The plaintiffs accuse the archdiocese and retired Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua, Philadelphia archbishop from 1988 to 2003, his predecessor and his successor of covering up the abuse.

“The archdiocese committed acts that are just as severe as those of the priests themselves,” attorney Stewart J. Eisenberg said. “It’s never too late to redress a wrong — particularly against children.”

Lawyer C. Clark Hodgson Jr., who represents the archdiocese, said Thursday he had not seen the lawsuit and had no comment.

Severed head flies out of truck

SALMON, Idaho — Police have charged an Idaho man with killing his wife after her severed head flew from the bed of his pickup truck during a crash that also claimed the lives of another woman and her child, officials said yesterday.

Alofa Time, 51, of Nampa, was charged with first-degree murder in the death of his wife, Theresa Time. He also was charged with two counts of second-degree murder stemming from the head-on collision in Boise, which police said they think was intentional.

Authorities said the impact of the crash, which killed 36-year-old Samantha Murphy and her young daughter, caused Mrs. Time’s already severed head to tumble from the pickup. The discovery led police to the couple’s home, where they discovered his wife’s headless corpse.

“It’s the most heinous crime I’ve ever seen,” Nampa police Lt. LeRoy Forsman said.

From staff reports and wire dispatches

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