Spy suspects allowed $500 a month for son
Aldrich and Rosario Ames, jailed on espionage charges, can spend $500 a month
in purported spy payments to care for Paul, their 5-year-old son, a federal judge
in Alexandria, Va., ruled Tuesday. Prosecutors said the money, in a Colombian
bank account, is part of $2.5 million Russian and Soviet intelligence agents paid
the Ameses for CIA secrets. Judge Claude Hilton gave the couple until Friday to
comply with his order to turn over money from their foreign accounts. Paul
Ames is in the care of Rosario Ames' mother.
SERIAL KILLER: Danny Rolling, hoping to avoid a death sentence, apologized
for the mutilation murders of five college students in Gainesville, Fla. "I regret
with all my heart what my hand has done," Rollings told Judge Stan Morris. A
jury recommended execution, but Morris could send Rolling to prison for life at
sentencing April 20. Victims' relatives weren't swayed. "He feels sorry that he
was caught, not that he did it," said Diana Hoyt, stepmother of victim Christa
CALIFORNIA CONDORS: Three California condors born in captivity were
captured after biologists decided they were starving in the wild. Several other
condors released in 1992 died earlier from drinking antifreeze or hitting power
lines. Another condor chick hatched Monday at the Los Angeles Zoo, raising the
species' population to 81.
SPERM CUSTODY: A Los Angeles judge granted Deborah Ellen Hecht, 39, the
right to 20% of her dead boyfriend's frozen sperm, ending a 2 1/2-year dispute
with William Kane's adult children. An estate settlement had given Hecht 20% of
Kane's property, and an appeals court ruled the sperm was property. "I do not
think it is appropriate to give the children veto power over their father's right to
procreate half-siblings," said Judge Arnold Gold.
POLICE BILLBOARDS: The Los Angeles police union will remove 22
billboards that depict a carjacking by a hooded gunman. The union agreed to take
down the posters, erected citywide Tuesday, after Mayor Richard Riordan agreed
to reopen pay talks and not force detectives to work as beat cops. The posters
were to rally support for a raise.
BOOT CAMPS: Virginia's military-style boot camps violate the U.S.
Constitution because women are excluded, a federal magistrate in Roanoke ruled
in the case of Jennifer West, 28, convicted of possessing cocaine. She sued
because if women were allowed in the program, she would have been out in
three months and on probation for one year. Instead, she spent a year in prison
and her probation was to run until 1999. Virginia officials said that of the 28
states with similar camps, all but eight exclude women.
KING SUIT: In a change from his testimony at a 1993 trial, Rodney King said
someone called him "nigger" during his 1991 beating by four Los Angeles police
officers. Testifying in his lawsuit against the city, King insisted that despite his
earlier uncertainty, racial slurs were uttered. He said he hears the slurs in his
sleep. He is seeking $9.5 million from the city; the city has offered a $1.25
WOMAN'S MUSTACHE: Lichia Joy Galinsky, 30, fired from the Ritz-Carlton
Hotel in McLean, Va., because she has a mustache, was offered her job back
after she filed a complaint. "We were not as sensitive . . . as we should have
been," said general manager Larry Sternberg. Her supervisor, Roy Peterson, who
said he was fired because he allowed Galinsky to keep her mustache, will not be
rehired. He was fired for poor performance, a Ritz-Carlton spokeswoman said.
TRADE CENTER BOMBERS: The four Islamic fundamentalists convicted of
the Feb. 26, 1993, bombing of the World Trade Center in New York have fired
their lawyers and hired William Kunstler, he wrote in a letter to Judge Kevin
Duffy. Kunstler said he will seek a new trial contending that the original lawyers
CLARIFICATION: A March 18 story about converting military bases to prisons
should have said Fort Dix, N.J., is an active Army facility. The prison is only
part of the base.
ALSO TUESDAY . . .
EX-GOVERNOR CHARGED: Edward DiPrete, 59, Republican governor of
Rhode Island from 1985 through 1990, was indicted in Providence on 23 state
felony charges that he took $300,000 in bribes for state contracts.
HASIDIC SHOOTING: Rashid Baz, 28, a Lebanese-born cab driver, pleaded
innocent to a murder charge in the March 1 shooting of a vanload of Hasidic
students in New York. Aaron Halberstam, 16, died. Nochum Sasonkin, 18,
remains in critical condition with a head wound.
EX-NAZI LEAVES: Bitter and angry, Peter Mueller, 70, of Longmont, Colo.,
voluntarily returned to Germany to avoid deportation. Authorities said Mueller,
in becoming a U.S. citizen in 1956, concealed his past duty as a Waffen-SS
guard at Nazi forced-labor camps during World War II.
TESTING THE WARES: Kenneth Bryant, 19, and Sabrina Perkins, 17, were
free pending trial on misdemeanor obscenity charges that they had sex on a
display bed Monday at Dillard's Department Store in Bossier City, La.
GOOD-DRIVING AWARDS: New York is considering handing out coupons for
free hamburgers, subway rides and theater discounts to drivers who stop at red
lights and don't clog intersections, a major cause of gridlock.
2 1/2-day ordeal pinned in truck
Jamie Peavy, 25, was in serious condition after 2 1/2 days in near-freezing
temperatures pinned in her wrecked pickup a mile from Dallas-Fort Worth
International Airport. Peavy, at Baylor University Medical Center, had broken
legs, a broken wrist, broken rib, punctured lung, cuts, bruises and suffered from
dehydration. She survived on old mints and diet pills. She tied her purse to her
belt and threw it to scoop water from a creek. She used lipstick to write a note to
her family: "Nobody killed me. I had a wreck. . . . My legs are pinned, the door
is stuck. I love you all." A construction worker found her Monday 10 feet down
in a ravine.
With: Gary Fields, Robert Davis, Jane Schmucker, Jonathan Lovitt and Sandra
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