- - Thursday, June 23, 2011


Rapture predictor’s radio show replaced

OAKLAND — The weekday Christian radio show hosted by failed apocalypse predictor Harold Camping, who suffered a stroke earlier this month, is being taken off the air.

The Oakland Tribune reported Thursday that Mr. Camping’s Family Radio station would be replacing the 89-year-old’s show, Open Forum, with new programming soon. The station has been playing repeats since his stroke.

Mr. Camping predicted Judgment Day would occur, first in 1994 and again on May 21 this year.

Mr. Camping’s media empire spent millions of dollars, some culled from his followers’ donations, over seven years on billboards and other publicity for his 2011 predictions about the spiritual Rapture in May and the end of the world in October.

Judi Rathbone of Family Radio says Mr. Camping is in the hospital continuing to recover from the effects of his stroke.


Ex-pediatrician guilty of child sex abuse

GEORGETOWN — A former Delaware pediatrician was found guilty of sexually assaulting scores of young patients for more than a decade and could face life in prison.

Earl Bradley, 58, was found guilty Thursday by a judge who presided over a one-day trial earlier this month. Bradley’s sentencing is in August.

Bradley waived his right to a jury trial after the judge allowed prosecutors to present a videotape of Bradley abusing the children. The video was found during a 2009 search of Bradley’s office and contained more than 13 hours of footage.

Bradley’s defense attorneys opted for the quick trial so they could appeal the judge’s decision allowing the videos.

Bradley was arrested in December 2009 after a 2-year-old girl told her mother the doctor hurt her at his office.


Mob boss nabbed after 16 years on the run

BOSTON — Boston mob boss James “Whitey” Bulger was captured near Los Angeles after 16 years on the run that embarrassed the FBI and exposed the bureau’s corrupt relationship with its underworld informants.

After an international manhunt, the FBI finally caught Mr. Bulger, 81, on Wednesday at an apartment in Santa Monica, Calif., along with longtime girlfriend Catherine Greig, just days after the government began circulating pictures of her on daytime TV in a new campaign to find the fugitive crime boss.

The arrest was based on a tip from the campaign, the FBI said without giving details.

FBI agents put the apartment under surveillance Wednesday afternoon and, employing a ruse officials would not explain, lured Mr. Bulger out and arrested him without incident, authorities said. The couple were using the aliases Charles and Carol Gasko.

Mr. Bulger had a $2 million reward on his head and rose to No. 1 on the FBI’s 10 Most Wanted list after Osama bin Laden was killed.

A variety of guns and a large amount of cash were found in the apartment, the FBI said. Federal investigators declined to say how Mr. Bulger got enough money to live on.


Ex-university president jailed in prostitution case

ALBUQUERQUE — Former University of New Mexico President F. Chris Garcia was arrested and jailed Thursday in connection with a multistate, online prostitution ring that authorities say was run by a physics professor from New Jersey.

Mr. Garcia was booked on a $35,000 cash or surety bond for investigation of promoting prostitution, tampering with evidence and conspiracy, Metropolitan Detention Center records show.

Detectives served search warrants Thursday at Mr. Garcia’s home and at his university office. He is now a professor at the school.

The Albuquerque Journal reported Mr. Garcia’s detention was connected to the arrest earlier this week of David Flory, 68, a Fairleigh Dickinson University professor with homes in New York City and Santa Fe.

Also Thursday, police said they had arrested a 28-year-old woman on suspicion of threatening another woman who helped police investigate the case. Cara Garrett, 28, was booked for investigation of bribery and intimidation of a witness. Ms. Garrett is in custody in Roswell and will be extradited to Albuquerque, police said.


Feds: Two arrested in plot to attack recruiting station

SEATTLE — The Justice Department says two men have been arrested in a plot to attack a military recruiting station in Seattle with machine guns and grenades.

Seattle resident Abu Khalid Abdul-Latif, also known as Joseph Anthony Davis, of Seattle, and Walli Mujahidh, also known as Frederick Domingue Jr., of Los Angeles, were arrested Wednesday night.

Investigators say the two men planned to attack a station in Seattle where military enlistees are processed. The building also houses a daycare center.

The government says that agents became aware of the plot through someone the men tried to recruit as a participant and monitored the plot, and that the weapons the men purchased had been rendered inoperable.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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