- The Washington Times - Tuesday, September 22, 2009


Ex-eBay chief starts bid for governor

SACRAMENTO | California Republican gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman says she wants to cut state spending by an additional $15 billion and reduce the existing state work force by 17 percent.

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The former eBay chief executive will make those proposals in a speech Tuesday in Fullerton, where she will formally announce her bid for the Republican Party nomination in 2010.

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, a Republican, must leave office because of term limits.

The campaign rollout will be accompanied by a statewide radio ad promoting her business experience.


Slaying suspect kept lab access

NEW HAVEN | Even after police suspected that lab technician Raymond Clark III was the man who killed a Yale University graduate student and stuffed her body behind a wall, he had unfettered access to the Ivy League campus but was under constant surveillance, officials confirmed Monday.

Yale spokesman Tom Conroy said Monday that the school didn’t disable an identification card that gave Mr. Clark access to campus buildings until after his arrest Thursday, four days after Annie Le, 24, was found strangled in the lab building where they both worked.

Police said Monday that investigators knew where Mr. Clark was at all times after Miss Le’s body was found.

Meanwhile, the funeral for Miss Le will be held Saturday at Holy Trinity Church in El Dorado Hills, Calif. Miss Le was from Placerville, Calif.


Nude man, 91, makes arrest

LAKE WORTH | A 91-year-old South Florida man jumped out of bed naked and held an intruder at gunpoint until deputies arrived, authorities said.

The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office said Robert E. Thompson woke up Saturday morning after a would-be burglar climbed his backyard fence and was met by his charging dog, a Rottweiler and Doberman pinscher mix.

Mr. Thompson heard the commotion, grabbed his .38-caliber revolver and phoned police without ever getting dressed.

Deputies said Mr. Thompson fired a warning shot as Jose Pasqual, 26, started to come toward him. Mr. Thompson kept his gun trained on Mr. Pasqual until deputies arrived.

Mr. Pasqual was booked in the Palm Beach County Jail on a burglary charge.


Man accused in fire must quit smoking

WAILUKU | A Maui judge has ordered a 19-year-old man who pleaded no contest to starting a restaurant fire with a flicked cigarette to stop smoking for a year.

Makaio Bachman-Majamay of Makawao originally was charged with third-degree arson after the shake roof of the Wei Wei Bar-B-Q Restaurant in Pukalani caught fire in July 2008. Witnesses extinguished the fire using buckets of water.

The teen pleaded to a reduced charge of third-degree criminal property damage.

Second Circuit Judge Joel August also ordered him to do community service and pay a $1,025 fine to fix the roof.


Acquitted coach to resume teaching

LOUISVILLE | A former Kentucky high school football coach acquitted in the death of a player who collapsed during practice will likely return to his teaching job soon.

A letter sent to David Jason Stinson, 37, said he also is free to apply for coaching positions.

Jefferson County Public Schools spokeswoman Lauren Roberts said Monday that Mr. Stinson can resume teaching at Pleasure Ridge Park High School on Thursday. Mr. Stinson had been working in a non-teaching position since January.

Last week, a jury found Mr. Stinson not guilty of reckless homicide and wanton endangerment involving the collapse and death of offensive lineman Max Gilpin, 15, in August 2008.


Dozens protest killing of unarmed man

LE CENTER | Two months after a plainclothes Minnesota sheriff’s deputy fatally shot an unarmed man wearing only swim trunks, family members of the dead man said they’re still waiting for an explanation.

About 50 people picketed outside the Le Sueur County Sheriff’s Department on Sunday to pressure investigators to provide answers about Tyler Heilman’s death.

Authorities and witnesses have said Mr. Heilman, 24, was shot four times by a deputy outside a Kasota apartment building July 20 after he returned from swimming with friends.


World’s oldest man marks 113th birthday

GREAT FALLS | A Montana resident who is considered to be the world’s oldest man celebrated his 113th birthday Monday.

A party for Walter Breuning was planned at a retirement community in Great Falls. Gov. Brian Schweitzer was among those invited.

Mr. Breuning was born Sept. 21, 1896, in Melrose, Minn., and moved to Montana in 1918. He worked for the railroad for 50 years.


Killer returned to death row

COLUMBUS | A condemned killer who faces an unprecedented second attempt at lethal injection is at least temporarily back on death row in Ohio.

Defense attorney Tim Sweeney said Monday that Romell Broom was moved back to death row at the Ohio State Penitentiary in Youngstown on Sunday.

A U.S. District judge suspended another attempt to put Broom to death and plans a hearing next week on requests for a further delay. Gov. Ted Strickland stopped Broom’s execution last Tuesday after about two hours when executioners failed to find a usable vein.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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