- The Washington Times - Saturday, November 4, 2006

Fire destroys historic home

CHICAGO — Fire early yesterday destroyed a historic North Side house designed by renowned architect Louis Sullivan, the third of his buildings brought down by flames this year in the city.

No one was inside the house and no injuries were reported, Fire Department spokesman Kevin MacGregor said.

The home, known as the George Harvey House, was designed by Mr. Sullivan and fellow architect Dankmar Adler and was completed in 1888, according to Preservation Chicago.

In January, the Pilgrim Baptist Church on the city’s South Side was gutted by a fire. An October fire destroyed the Dexter Building, a 119-year-old structure designed by the design firm Adler & Sullivan.

Dems seek answers about Web site

Four Democratic senators demanded yesterday that the Bush administration explain its decision to post documents from Saddam Hussein’s covert nuclear program on a now-shuttered federal Web site.

The lawmakers told President Bush’s director of national intelligence, John D. Negroponte, that it was “shocking that sensitive documents directly related to the design of a nuclear weapon were made public by the executive branch.”

Sens. Harry Reid of Nevada, Carl Levin of Michigan, Joseph R. Biden Jr. of Delaware and John D. Rockefeller IV of West Virginia also questioned whether political pressure from congressional Republicans played a role.

Mr. Negroponte’s spokesman, Chad Kolton, declined to comment on the letter. He noted that Mr. Negroponte already has called for a review.

Guards convicted in prison scheme

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — A jury found a prison guard guilty of bribery and another guilty of witness tampering Friday in a sex-for-contraband scheme that ended in a deadly shootout at a federal prison for women.

The federal jury convicted Gregory Dixon of three counts of bribery and Alan Moore of witness tampering. The jury also found both guilty of conspiring to accept illegal gratuities and Moore guilty of accepting one. Three other guards previously had pleaded guilty to conspiracy charges.

More than a dozen current and former inmates testified against the guards. Some said they traded sex for items such as cigarettes, cigars, gum and cosmetics.

Man gets 245 years for killings, rape

CROWN POINT, Ind. — A man originally charged with killing seven persons more than a decade ago was sentenced Friday to 245 years in prison for three of the slayings and the rape of a teenage girl.

Eugene Britt, 49, will serve that sentence concurrently with his sentence of life in prison plus 100 years for the 1995 slaying of an 8-year-old girl.

Britt pleaded guilty but mentally ill on Oct. 6 to murder in the perpetration of rape in the deaths of Nakita Moore, 14, Tonya Dunlap, 24, and Maxine Walker, 41; and in the rape of the 13-year-old.

He had also admitted to raping and killing three other women — Betty Askew, 50, Michelle Burns, 27, and Deborah McHenry, 41 — but charges in those deaths were dropped in the plea agreement, under which he waived his right to appeal.

Bloomberg visits trade center site

NEW YORK — Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg quietly visited the World Trade Center site, thanking crews for their work on the renewed search for remains of September 11 victims, according to those at the site.

After human bones were found in a manhole at ground zero last month, the city started a wider effort to examine other subterranean areas that may have been overlooked during the monthslong cleanup years ago. About 200 pieces of remains have since been found.

“He wanted to see the operation for himself,” said Deputy Mayor Ed Skyler, who is overseeing the recovery. “He made his appreciation clear to all the workers there.”

From staff reports and wire dispatches

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