Report: Foster Was Deeply Depressed
WASHINGTON (AllPolitics, Oct. 10) -- Whitewater prosecutor Kenneth Starr has released his final report on the death of Vincent Foster, saying the late White House lawyer and Clinton confidant showed signs of extreme depression before his 1993 death, crying at dinner with his wife and telling his mother he was unhappy at work. Though some people have advanced a theory Foster was murdered, Starr concludes, "The available evidence points clearly to suicide as the manner of death." In the 114-page report, prosecutors meticulously detailed forensic and eyewitness evidence of Foster's mental state. Even so, investigators could not provide a "particular reason or set of reasons why Mr. Foster killed himself," but discount the conspiracy theories. Four other probes also ruled Foster's death a suicide.
Giuliani Vs. Messinger, Take One
NEW YORK (AllPolitics, Oct. 10) -- The New York mayoral candidates squared off for their first debate Thursday night. The Republican incumbent, Rudolph Giuliani, played up his record on crime and took credit for a significant drop in crime rates. His challenger, Democrat Ruth Messinger, attacked Giuliani's work in other areas, including education and unemployment. She characterized the mayor as autocratic. "I listen, he bullies," Messinger said. "I care about people, he cares a lot more about himself." While acknowledging that work is needed in education and other human services, Giuliani said he has plans for improvement. "We're doing better now, we're making progress," Giuliani said, warning that under Messinger, New York's safety could slip. "The one real fear that I have is that this city could slip back," he said. The election is Nov. 4.
Virtually Touring The Supreme Court
WASHINGTON (AllPolitics, Oct. 10) -- Want to take a tour of the Supreme Court but can't get to Washington, D.C.? No problem; just visit the "Oyez Oyez Oyez" Web site for a virtual tour. Using QuickTime VR, this site provides viewers with 360-degree panoramic views of the building's exterior. Currently, users can enter the main First Street entrance to the court, the North fountain and the view from the top of the main stairs in front of the bronze doors. Site developers plan soon to provide 360-degree views of the courtroom, the justices' private conference room, and the library as well. Also included on the Web site: Biographies of all past and present justices, plus recordings of oral arguments and decision announcements for many important cases. The site URL is: http://court.it-services.nwu.edu/oyez/
SEC Chairman To Be Renominated
WASHINGTON (AllPolitics, Oct. 10) -- Securities and Exchange Commission Chairman Arthur Levitt Jr. is expected to be renominated for a second five-year term by President Bill Clinton. Levitt, 66, has nine months left to serve on his current term, but administration officials wanted to move forward with the decision partly to reassure investors on Wall Street, a senior administration source told The Washington Post. An official announcement is expected in the next few months. If he completes a second term, Levitt will be the longest-serving SEC chairman.
This Time The Women Will March
PHILADELPHIA (AllPolitics, Oct. 10) -- Nearly two years after an estimated 600,000 men poured into Washington, D.C., for the Million Man March, organizers of the Million Woman March are hoping to repeat the event in Philadelphia on Oct. 25. The Million Woman March has been planned to help revitalize black families and their communities. The city of Philadelphia is planning for 500,000 people to make the two-mile march from Independence Hall up the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, though organizers say the numbers could be higher. "We are still looking for a million-plus sisters," Jackie McDowell, a national coordinator for the event, told The Associated Press. The day, organizers say, is open to both genders and all races.
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