- The Washington Times - Friday, April 20, 2007

Board OKs plans for tallest building

CHICAGO — The city’s planning board has endorsed a proposal for a twisting lakefront tower that would become the nation’s tallest building.

With Thursday’s approval from the Chicago Plan Commission, the design and site plan for the 2,000-foot Chicago Spire goes to the city zoning committee next week.

The 150-story tower, which would feature 1,200 residences, would unseat Chicago’s 1,451-foot Sears Tower as the tallest U.S. building. It would also top New York’s 1,776-foot Freedom Tower, under construction at the former World Trade Center site.

If the zoning panel approves the plan, the City Council will consider it May 9. If it is approved, construction would begin this spring, said Thomas Murphy, general counsel to developer Shelbourne Development Ltd.

The tallest building in the world is the Taipei 101 tower in Taiwan, which measures 1,671 feet and 101 floors.

Corzine off ventilator

CAMDEN, N.J. — Gov. Jon Corzine was breathing on his own again yesterday after doctors removed a breathing tube he had been using since he was critically injured in an April 12 high-speed crash, his spokesman said.

Doctors removed the breathing tube shortly before 12:30 p.m. yesterday, spokesman Anthony Coley said.

Mr. Corzine broke a leg and several bones in his chest, including 11 ribs, when a sport utility vehicle in which he was a passenger, crashed on the Garden State Parkway north of Atlantic City. He was put on a ventilator to ease the pain of breathing, doctors said.

Woman accused of killing children

BELLEVILLE, Ill. — A baby sitter already accused of killing a pregnant friend was charged yesterday with drowning the woman’s three children in a bathtub and hiding the bodies in a washing machine and dryer.

Grand jurors indicted Tiffany Hall, 24, on three counts of first-degree murder in the East St. Louis deaths last September.

Miss Hall acknowledged she drowned DeMond Tunstall, 7; Ivan Tunstall-Collins, 2; and Jinela Tunstall, 1, Illinois State Police investigator David Bivens testified during a coroner’s inquest last week. The coroner’s jury ruled all the deaths were homicides.

Miss Hall already had been charged with first-degree murder and faces a possible death sentence in the death of the children’s mother, Jimella Tunstall, 23. She also is charged with intentional homicide of an unborn child, Miss Tunstall’s 7-month-old fetus.

Lawmakers seek Bush impeachment

MONTPELIER, Vt. — Vermont senators voted yesterday to call for the impeachment of President Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney, saying their actions have raised “serious questions of constitutionality.”

The nonbinding resolution was approved 16-9 without debate — all six Republicans in the chamber at the time and three Democrats voted against it.

The resolution says Mr. Bush and Mr. Cheney’s actions in the United States and abroad, including in Iraq, “raise serious questions of constitutionality, statutory legality and abuse of the public trust.”

Democratic House Speaker Gaye Symington has kept a similar resolution from reaching the floor in her chamber. She argued that an impeachment resolution would be partisan and divisive and that it would distract Washington from efforts to get the United States out of Iraq, which she says is more important.

Congressman takes leave from panel

Rep. Rick Renzi, Arizona Republican whose wife’s business was searched by the FBI on Thursday, said he will temporarily step down from the House intelligence committee.

Law-enforcement officials confirmed in October that they were scrutinizing a land deal that would benefit a Renzi friend and business associate who was also a campaign donor.

House Minority Leader John A. Boehner, Ohio Republican, said yesterday that Mr. Renzi told him of the search and volunteered to step down from the committee, which has some oversight authority over the FBI, “to avoid any unnecessary distractions on the panel and its critical work.”

Spokesmen for the FBI and the Arizona U.S. Attorney’s Office declined to comment. A lawyer for Mr. Renzi did not return repeated calls for comment. Mr. Renzi has denied any wrongdoing.

Ex-con arrested in rape, torture

NEW YORK — A homeless ex-convict has been arrested in the rape and torture of a Columbia University graduate student, who was held hostage for 19 hours, cut with a knife and left tied up with the bed set ablaze.

Robert Williams, 30, faces attempted murder, rape, kidnapping, arson and other charges stemming from last week’s assault, police said yesterday .

Investigators said evidence found at the victim’s apartment and an anonymous tip pointed to Mr. Williams. The suspect, also known as William Roberts, has previous convictions for attempted murder and assault.

Mr. Williams was expected to be arraigned late yesterday. It was not clear whether he had a lawyer. The victim, who is nearing her degree at the Graduate School of Journalism, was hospitalized with cuts to her eye lids and other injuries.

From staff reports and wire dispatches

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