- The Washington Times - Friday, January 23, 2009


Blagojevich calls Senate trial unfair

CHICAGO | Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich on Thursday called his upcoming impeachment trial a “sham,” saying it would deny him the right to due process because he couldn’t call witnesses.

Mr. Blagojevich spoke to reporters outside his Chicago home Thursday morning, a day after he missed a deadline to tell the Senate which people and documents he wanted to subpoena for the trial to remove him from office.

The two-term governor is accused of abusing his power by scheming to benefit from appointing a person to fill President Obama’s vacated Senate seat, circumventing hiring laws and defying General Assembly decisions. He was impeached by the state House on Jan. 9, and his trial in the state Senate is set to begin Monday. He has denied any wrongdoing.


Investors: Adviser stole for years

INDIANAPOLIS | An Indiana financial adviser accused of trying to fake his death in a plane crash had been improperly moving money from accounts and forging signatures for several years, investors testified at a hearing Thursday.

An administrative law judge heard from investors who say Marcus Schrenker bilked them out of hundreds of thousands of dollars before last week’s plane crash in Florida. He is jailed on federal charges stemming from the crash.

Mr. Schrenker, 38, pleaded not guilty Thursday in federal court in Pensacola, Fla., to charges of deliberately crashing his airplane and making a false distress call. Judge Roger Vinson ordered Mr. Schrenker sent for a psychiatric evaluation after his attorney said he is not mentally competent for trial.

Mr. Schrenker was arrested Jan. 13 at a campground near Tallahassee, Fla., where federal agents say he tried to kill himself after parachuting from his plane in Alabama and driving off on a motorcycle he had stashed nearby.


Coach charged in player’s death

LOUISVILLE | A Kentucky high school football coach was charged Thursday with reckless homicide in the death of one of his players who collapsed during practice on a hot day.

A grand jury indicted David Jason Stinson in the death of Pleasure Ridge Park offensive lineman Max Gilpin. Mr. Stinson was directing practice Aug. 20 when the heat index reached 94 degrees in Louisville, where the school is located. Max, 15, collapsed and had trouble breathing.

When the sophomore reached Kosair Children’s Hospital, he had a temperature of 107 degrees and died there three days later.


SUV is crashed into abortion clinic

ST. PAUL | A driver rammed his sport utility vehicle into the front door of an abortion clinic Thursday, the anniversary of the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision, police said. No one was injured.

A 32-year-old man was arrested and taken to Ramsey County Jail on suspicion of aggravated assault, police spokesman Peter Panos said.

The building was struck at 7:30 a.m., and the only person inside was not hurt. The clinic’s front door and surrounding stonework incurred minor damage.

Tim Stanley, senior director of legislative affairs at Planned Parenthood Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota, said patients were still being seen at the clinic Thursday. It’s the only Planned Parenthood clinic in Minnesota that performs abortions.

Investigators suspected that the crash was not an accident.


Neo-Nazis join highway cleanup

KANSAS CITY | A neo-Nazi group has joined the state’s Adopt-A-Highway volunteer litter pickup program, taking advantage of a free speech court fight won four years ago by the Ku Klux Klan.

The Springfield unit of the National Socialist Movement has committed to cleaning up trash along a half-mile section of Highway 160 near the Springfield city limits.

Two signs noting the group’s membership in the Adopt-A-Highway program went up in October but drew attention only recently when the group picked up litter as part of a gathering in Springfield.


Nashville says ‘no’ to official English

NASHVILLE | Voters rejected a proposal on Thursday that would have made Nashville the largest U.S. city to require that all government business be conducted in English.

With 100 percent of precincts reporting, unofficial results showed the “English First” proposal was defeated on a vote of 41,752 to 32,144.

Proponents said using one language would have united the city and saved money, but business leaders, academics and the city’s mayor worried that it could give the city a bad reputation. Similar measures have passed elsewhere.

It wasn’t clear exactly how much translation would have been silenced had the measure passed. Although the proposal called for all government communication and publications to be printed in English, it would have allowed an exception for public health and safety.

The referendum’s leader, City Council member Eric Crafton, promoted the measure as a way to unite Nashville and prevent the kinds of extensive translation services - and the associated expenses - provided by cities like New York or Los Angeles.

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