- The Washington Times - Sunday, June 21, 2009


Abortion foes return to clinic

It took waiting eight hours, but abortion opponents succeeded in holding a memorial service Saturday at the closed clinic of slain abortion provider George Tiller.

As dusk fell on this Kansas city, a small group of 10 abortion foes showed up at the clinic to lay hundreds of flowers and hold a brief prayer service to memorialize the more than 60,000 abortions performed there.

A group of counterprotesters who had thwarted the event for most of the day were long gone. Abortion opponents had planned a noon event at Dr. Tiller’s clinic, one of the few in the nation where third-trimester abortions were available.

But the main event was moved after more than 40 abortion-rights supporters announced plans for their own demonstrations and stood outside the clinic for hours. About 30 abortion opponents held the event instead at Operation Rescue’s national headquarters, the site of a closed Wichita abortion clinic the group bought in 2006.

Dr. Tiller was slain May 31. A suspect is in custody.


Moderate quake causes no damage

PASO ROBLES | A moderate earthquake jolted part of central California’s San Luis Obispo County.

Sgt. Steve Himmelrich said several people called and reported alarms going off after the quake shook the area early Saturday. He said there were no reports of damage or injury.

The U.S. Geological Survey said preliminary reports estimated the quake at magnitude 4.6 and said it was centered about 15 miles west of the city of Paso Robles.


Police hunt children who kissed rabid bat

FORT MYERS | Police said Friday they were searching for five children of around 10 years who recently kissed a bat that now is know to have rabies.

The group encountered the bat and its owner on a pier in Fort Myers, according to Lee County health authorities.

“Rabies is a fatal disease. There is no known cure for rabies, only vaccination,” said Judith Hartner, director of the county health department. “It is critical that the youth who were playing with the bat on Fort Myers Beach pier are vaccinated as soon as possible.”


Delay requested in Madoff ruling

NEW YORK | Disgraced Wall Street mogul Bernard Madoff will be sentenced as planned June 29, but prosecutors have asked the judge to delay by 90 days a decision on restitution he is to pay to his victims.

In a memorandum sent to U.S. District Judge Denny Chin, prosecutors said that of between $50 billion and $60 billion swindled by Madoff from investors, only $13 billion has been traced.

“The government respectfully submits that sentencing on June 29 should proceed, and that the court should order a 90-day extension of the time in which the court will order restitution or find that restitution is impracticable,” the memorandum said.

Judge Chin could sentence Madoff, 71, to up to 150 years in prison. Madoff has been in jail since March after admitting guilt in the biggest swindle in Wall Street history, estimated to have involved around $61 billion.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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