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Archdiocese settles abuse cases for $6.65M

By TIMES WIRES
Published May 30, 2007


CHICAGO

The Archdiocese of Chicago paid $6.65-million to settle claims made by 14 people who say they were abused by Catholic priests, the church and plaintiffs' attorneys said Tuesday. The settlements cover lawsuits against 12 priests for abuse that allegedly occurred from the 1960s to the early 1990s, attorney Jeffrey Anderson said. The priests have been removed from public ministry or are deceased, said Susan Burritt, the archdiocese's media relations director.

WASHINGTON

Cheney lawyer had visitor log edited

A lawyer for Vice President Dick Cheney told the Secret Service in September to eliminate data on who visited Cheney at his official residence, a newly disclosed letter states. The letter by Shannen Coffin says the logs are subject to the Presidential Records Act, which would prevent public disclosure. The Justice Department filed the letter Friday in a lawsuit by a private group, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, seeking visitors' identifies. Anne Weismann, CREW's chief counsel, said the filing indicates a violation of the law. Because of pending lawsuits, the Secret Service says it is now keeping copies of material on visitors.

HUDSON OAKS, TEXAS

Mother, three girls found hanged

A young mother apparently hanged three of her small daughters and herself in a closet Monday evening or Tuesday, authorities said Tuesday. A fourth child, an 8-month-old daughter, was also found dangling in the closet but was rescued. The woman was identified as Gilberta Estrada, 25. The infant, Evelyn Frayre, was in good condition at a hospital, Parker County Sheriff Larry Fowler said. Authorities did not immediately identify the other children, but Fowler said they were apparently ages 5, 3 and 2.

Elsewhere

Base fire: Fire roared through a soldier's home on the Fort Campbell Army Base in Kentucky early Tuesday, killing his two young children and seriously injuring his wife, officials said.

Lost whales: Two humpback whales lost in the Sacramento River in California for more than two weeks entered San Francisco Bay on Tuesday, with the Pacific Ocean just beyond. Skin lesions that had formed also appeared to be sloughing off now that they are in saltier water.

Primaries: Georgia and Alaska joined the growing list of states pushing up their presidential primary voting to Feb. 5.