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Defense Pursues Insanity Defense in Abortion Clinic Murder Trial

Forensic psychiatrist Dr. Phillip Resnick testified last week that accused murderer John Salvi suffered delusions brought on by paranoid schizophrenia when he killed two and wounded five at two Brookline, Mass. abortion clinics in December 1994. Resnick’s defense testimony contradicted the evidence of Salvi’s careful planning provided by the prosecution. Two witnesses testified to watching […]

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Witnesses for Defense Describe Salvi’s Church Outburst

The defense called former New Hampshire state Sen. Robert Preston to the stand Thursday to testify that he remembered accused murderer John Salvi screaming in a Roman Catholic church on Christmas Eve 1994, two days before he attacked two abortion clinics. Preston testified that Salvi ranted that the church wasn’t doing enough to help Catholics, […]

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Republican Congress Changes Strategy after Winter Break

According to the American Political Network, the Republican Congress that reconvenes Tuesday after a winter break will follow a strategy that is “far less aggressive” than last session’s 100-day “forced march” centered around the “Contract with America.” House Speaker Newt Gingrich and GOP leaders are reportedly moving on a “more patient agenda with fewer issues, […]

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Navy Cook Sentenced for Sexual Harassment

On Tuesday, Chief Petty Officer George Powell was convicted of indecent assault, simple assault, and drunk and disorderly conduct for sexually harassing an enlisted woman on a commercial jet in October of 1995 and another woman on a flight in November. The 23-year-old woman on the October flight had testified that Powell, 49 grabbed her […]

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Antiabortion Activists Taken into Custody in Virginia

Two antiabortion activists, Rae Powell and Carol McAdoo, were taken into custody Wednesday after refusing to answer some questions of a federal grand jury investigating abortion clinic violence. At least one of these questions related to the Army of God manual. Federal officials have called the Army of God a terrorist group and describe its […]

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Judge Denies Custody to Lesbian Mother

Judge William G. Boice Tuesday upheld an earlier ruling and denied a lesbian custody of her four-year-old son. Sharon Bottoms had argued that her son, Tyler Doustou, is not developing well under his grandmother’s care and that she could give the boy more loving care. The 1993 custody decision was upheld by the State Supreme […]

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Governors and White House Clash on Welfare, Medicaid; Shalala Says Conflicts Can Be Worked Out

Despite differences in governors’ plan for welfare and Medicaid and the White House vision, Health and Human Services Secretary Donna Shalala said Wednesday that conflicts could be fixed “in 24 hours if everyone got to the table.” She told the Senate Finance Committee that Congress must make a number of changes to win approval from […]

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Women Executives Say Stereotypes Persist in the Corporate World

Catalyst, a women’s professional support organization, has released a study on female executives that shows women at the top in business are characterized by long work hours and being flexible. Women indicated that the best explanation for their success was they deliver results superior to male colleagues, consistently exceeding expectations. The study showed that 85 […]

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Salvi Script Shows Motivation, Delusions of Grandeur

Shortly before attacking two abortion clinics and killing two people, John Salvi portrayed himself as a rebel combating an evil, anti-Christian cabal in a skit he wrote. Prosecutors presented the handwritten script and religious diatribe hoping to show that Salvi was motivated by his anti-abortion views when he attacked the clinics in Brookline, Mass. in […]

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Governors’ Welfare Plan Criticized by White House

Administration officials said Monday that the Clinton administration will soon raise major objections to changes in welfare and Medicaid that were unanimously recommended by the nation’s governors. After studying the proposals for three weeks, administration officials said they had found many reasons for concern. A draft of secretary of health and human services Donna Shalala’s […]

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“Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” Policy Does Not Stop Military from Searching Out Homosexuals

According to documents and interviews with military service members and their families, there is widespread confusion over how to implement the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy; some service members are still being subjected to sweeping investigations of their sex lives on the basis of second-hand reports. The Defense Network was to make a public report […]

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Abortion Clinic Violence Investigated

A federal investigation into violence against abortion clinics will convene next week in Norfolk, VA. The Norfolk clinic attacked in December, 1994 by John Salvi, accused of murdering two clinic workers in Brookline, Mass., is still having trouble.

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Buchanan Appeals to Foes of Homosexuality, Immigration and Big Government in Fundraising

According to Pat Buchanan’s recent direct-mail fundraising letter, there’s a “bloody assault” on the GOP’s stand against abortion, and “liberals in our party are already demanding the addition of a homosexual rights plank in the next Republican platform.” Pitched to those who fear recognition for gays, immigrants, and “renegade” federal judges, Buchanan’s fundraising letters offer […]

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Louisiana NAACP Holds Civil Rights March

Ernest Johnson, president of the Louisiana branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People called a march for Saturday on the state capitol in response to Republican Gov. Mike Foster’s executive order last month abolishing affirmative action and minority set-aside programs. Foster had also supported a federal court-drawn congressional redistricting plan that […]

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Students Protest Board Decision to Ban Gay and Other Clubs

Protesting a ban on all extracurricular clubs enacted to get rid of student gay-straight alliances, hundreds of Salt Lake City, Utah high school students walked out of school Friday and marched on the state capitol. About 400 students gathered across the street from East High School shouting We will fight for our rights” and holding […]

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Witnesses Testify Against Salvi in Abortion Clinic Murder Trial

Two prosecution witnesses testified Thursday that they watched accused abortion-clinic gunman John Salvi engaged in target practice at extremely close range on the day before the December 1994 attacks on two Brookline, Mass. abortion clinics. Salvi’s lawyers say that Salvi committed the shootings, which claimed the lives of two women and wounded five others, but […]

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Judge Fines Lab for Deaths Due to Misread Pap Smears

Milwaukee circuit Judge David Hansher hit a medical lab Thursday with the maximum $20,000 fine for misreading the Pap smears of two women who subsequently died of cervical cancer. The judge said the maximum fine for the 1993 deaths of Dolores Geary and Karin Smith was “absolutely inadequate” and asked lawmakers to set tougher penalties. […]

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South Dakota Becomes Second State to Ban Gay Marriages

South Dakota Governor William J. Janklow signed a bill Friday that says the state will only recognize marriage between a man and a woman. South Dakota became the second state to rewrite its marriage laws to deny lesbian and gay couples the right to marry, following a similar law enacted last year in Utah. The […]