- The Washington Times - Tuesday, March 10, 2009

CALIFORNIA

Octuplets’ mom may get home, child care

WHITTIER | Southern California’s octuplets mother may be moving to a new home and getting help to raise her brood.

Nadya Suleman’s father Ed Doud is purchasing a $564,900 house in La Habra in a deal is expected to close Friday, said Prudential Realty listing agent Mike Patel.

In a related development, television’s Dr. Phil McGraw said Monday that Ms. Suleman will accept child-care help from the nonprofit nursing group Angels in Waiting.



Ms. Suleman has been living in a Whittier home that is owned by her mother. But that property is being foreclosed on because the family is more than $20,000 behind in mortgage payments. Mr. Doud is divorced from her mother.

The 2,583-square-foot house in La Habra has four bedrooms, three baths and a large, fenced-in backyard. The master bedroom features a walk-in closet.

Ms. Suleman gave birth to octuplets Jan. 26, in addition to six other children.

FLORIDA

Shuttle cleared for launch

CAPE CANAVERAL | NASA cleared Space Shuttle Discovery for a Wednesday launch to complete the International Space Station’s power system and deliver Japan’s first live- aboard astronaut, officials said Monday.

Liftoff is scheduled for 9:20 p.m. from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

“Right now, we’re not tracking any issues,” said shuttle launch director Mike Leinbach. “The team is anxious to go.”

The weather is expected to be nearly ideal, with a 90 percent chance of suitable launch conditions.

The shuttle will be carrying a $300 million set of solar wing panels for the space station, the last major U.S.-built component for the $100 billion complex.

The station, a project of 16 nations, has been under construction in orbit for more than a decade. It is scheduled to be finished next year.

ILLINOIS

Blagojevich fails to toss prosecutor

CHICAGO | A federal judge has turned down a request from impeached former Illinois Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich to have Chicago’s top federal prosecutor and his staff thrown off the corruption case against him.

Chief Judge James F. Holderman of U.S. District Court said in an order issued Friday that “no legal precedent supports the granting of the relief sought by the defendant Blagojevich in this motion.”

Mr. Blagojevich had argued that removing U.S. Attorney Patrick J. Fitzgerald from the case was necessary because the prosecutor made inflammatory remarks about him at a news conference after the then-governor was arrested Dec. 9.

He said Robert Grant, special agent in charge of the Chicago FBI office, had made similar remarks. He also said Mr. Fitzgerald crossed the line by making public transcripts of wiretaps of Blagojevich conversations that should have been sealed.

Among other things, Mr. Fitzgerald said Mr. Blagojevich had been on “a white-collar crime spree” that would make Abraham Lincoln “roll over in his grave.”

NORTH CAROLINA

Ex-tissue supplier pleads guilty to fraud

RALEIGH | A former North Carolina body-parts supplier pleaded guilty Monday to mail fraud after prosecutors accused him of falsifying cadavers’ medical histories and blood samples so that he could sell potentially tainted tissue for transplant.

Philip Guyett Jr., 41, issued a statement after his arraignment offering to help the U.S. Food and Drug Administration strengthen oversight of the vocation he called “vitally important to the medical industry in our country.”

“I was trying to get rid of tissues that had been collected, and I wrongly took short cuts in order to get rid of the tissue,” Guyett said. “I assumed the checks and balances in the screening and processing would catch any problems with the tissue, but that was the wrong thing to do.”

Guyett faces up to 60 years in prison and $750,000 in fines after pleading guilty to three counts of mail fraud. He was freed on $25,000 secured bond and ordered to surrender his passport until sentencing, which is scheduled for June 1.

TENNESSEE

More charges filed in Palin e-mail hack

KNOXVILLE | A University of Tennessee student charged with hacking into the personal e-mail account of Sarah Palin, the Alaska governor and former Republican vice-presidential nominee, pleaded not guilty Monday to three more charges in the case.

A magistrate agreed to push back the trial of David Kernell, the son of a Democratic Tennessee legislator, from May to October.

Mr. Kernell purportedly gained access to Mrs. Palin’s account in September by correctly answering a series of personal security questions.

The added counts are fraud, unlawful electronic transmission of material outside Tennessee and attempts to conceal records to impede an FBI investigation.

UTAH

State to eliminate private bar system

SALT LAKE CITY | Getting into a bar in Utah is about to become a lot easier.

Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr. and state House and Senate leaders agreed Monday to eliminate the state’s much-criticized private club system, which requires someone to fill out an application and pay a fee for the right to enter a bar unless he or she is the guest of a member.

Utah, with a government historically dominated by Mormon church members, is the only state in the country with such a law.

Mr. Huntsman has been pushing to eliminate the 40-year-old system in an effort to boost the state’s $6 billion-a-year tourism industry and make Utah seem a little less odd to outsiders. The Utah Travel Industry Coalition expressed relief at the deal.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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