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Mayor's body exhumed for third autopsy

Published March 8, 2007



The body of the first black man elected mayor of this mostly white town was exhumed Wednesday for a third autopsy, commissioned by relatives who believe he was killed, not a suicide victim. Gerald Washington was found dead Dec. 30 with a gunshot to the chest, his gun nearby. No suicide note was found, but autopsies by both the state police and the local coroner concluded that Washington killed himself. Washington's widow, Mary, has said that she believes her husband was murdered and that the killing was covered up as part of a conspiracy. Washington, 57, won with 69 percent of the vote last year over a white candidate in the refinery town, which is about 80 percent white. He had not yet taken office when his body was found in the parking lot of a former high school, his alma mater.


5 sent cash to Iraq, indictment says

Four associates of a Missouri-based Islamic charity and a fifth man in the Middle East were indicted on charges that they illegally sent money to Iraq, the U.S. attorney's office announced Wednesday. The men are charged in a 33-count indictment that alleges they stole government and public money and falsely represented their fundraising goals to the public. A federal grand jury returned the indictment Tuesday charging the men with illegally transferring $1.4-million to Iraq from March 1991 to May 2003, violating various sanctions imposed by the United States and United Nations during that period.


MANKATO, MINN.: A couple were charged Wednesday with abusing a 4-month-old conjoined twin who was separated from his brother after birth. Doctors found eight fractures in the boy's legs and 16 rib fractures. An April 12 court appearance has been set.

MEMPHIS, TENN.: A Chinese couple who recently won custody of the daughter they put in temporary foster care eight years ago can start supervised visits with her next week, a judge ruled Wednesday.

BOSTON: Jill Carroll, the journalist held hostage for nearly three months in Iraq last year, has returned to the Middle East to report for the Christian Science Monitor, a newspaper spokesman said Wednesday. Carroll has been working out of Cairo, Egypt, since last month.

NEW YORK: Fire broke out in a doctor's seventh-floor office at Mount Sinai Medical Center on Wednesday, injuring seven people and forcing the staff to move more than a dozen patients, officials said. A space heater in the office was to blame, a Fire Department spokesman said.

SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS: The decomposing bodies of two young children, no older than toddlers, were found wrapped in plastic bags and placed under a house, police said Wednesday.

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