Justice headquarters named for Kennedy

Justice headquartersnamed for Kennedy
WASHINGTON -- President Bush named the Justice Department headquarters after former Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy in a ceremony Tuesday attended by a phalanx of Kennedys, including a daughter of RFK who earlier in the day sharply criticized the Bush administration.
Kerry Kennedy Cuomo said her father would not have approved of the administration's efforts to give broad new powers for police and prosecutors to fight terrorism because they undermine civil liberties.
"My daughter, Cara, is here today," Cuomo said at a ceremony honoring Darci Frigo, a Brazilian lawyer and land reform advocate who won this year's Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award. "Cara, if anyone tries to tell you this is the type of justice your grandpa would embrace, don't you believe it."
Critics have said Kennedy was willing to restrict civil liberties in certain instances. For example, he authorized FBI wiretaps on Martin Luther King Jr., whom FBI chief J. Edgar Hoover thought was a communist.
Bush did not mention Cuomo's comments at the dedication ceremony for Kennedy, who would have turned 76 on Tuesday. The president praised RFK's war on organized crime and support for civil rights.
"From this day, his birthday, everyone who enters this building or passes by will think of Robert F. Kennedy and what he still means to this country," said Bush, who was joined on stage by Attorney General John Ashcroft and former Rep. Joseph P. Kennedy, one of RFK's 11 children.
Inexpensive gas lurestravelers onto highways
TUCKER, Ga. -- The excuses for taking to the roads this week rather than the skies have been plentiful: airport security delays, terrorism fears, a struggling economy.
But Fred Lutz says he found the best reason at the local gas pump: He filled up his Cadillac for just 88 cents per gallon.
"I haven't seen that in a long time," the retired airline employee said Tuesday. "It's astounding."
Just in time for the Thanksgiving travel rush, gas pumps in some spots across the nation are charging less than a dollar a gallon. Some suburban Atlanta stations are offering prices as low as 79 cents.
AAA Auto Club estimates that a record 87 percent of Americans who travel this Thanksgiving holiday will drive.
The shift away from flying is due in part to lingering fears from the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. But with an average retail gas price for all grades of $1.23 per gallon nationwide, driving also is becoming more attractive in its own right.
Average gas prices have fallen by 32 cents a gallon since Sept. 7, according to the two-week Lundberg Survey of nearly 8,000 stations.
Appeals court confirmsKevorkian's conviction
LANSING, Mich. -- The Michigan Court of Appeals affirmed the murder conviction of assisted suicide proponent Jack Kevorkian in the death of a 52-year-old man that was shown on television.
The decision was handed down Tuesday and announced today.
Kevorkian, 73, who says he has assisted in more than 130 deaths, is serving a 10- to 25-year sentence for the September 1998 death of Thomas Youk, who was terminally ill with Lou Gehrig's disease.
He had videotaped himself injecting Youk with a lethal dose of potassium chloride and gave the tape to CBS' "60 Minutes." The tape was televised in November 1998, and prosecutors quickly responded with a murder charge.
Kevorkian was convicted of second-degree murder in March 1999. He acted as his own attorney for most of the trial, telling the court his actions were "a medical service for an agonized human being."
The jury could have convicted Kevorkian of first-degree murder, which would have sent him to prison to life without possibility of parole.
Imposter found guilty
VANCOUVER, Wash. -- A 32-year-old woman was convicted of felony theft and perjury for posing as a high school student and obtaining foster care and a college tuition waiver.
A jury found Treva Throneberry guilty Monday after a five-day trial in which she represented herself. She faces up to four years in prison when she is sentenced next week.
As Brianna Stewart, Throneberry earned a 2.83 grade-point average at Evergreen High School, brought down somewhat by a D in drama. She graduated in June 2000.
The state spent about $11,500 on her education and $3,620.27 for her foster care.
Claiming she was a homeless teen, she then received a $1,050 tuition waiver to attend Clark College before she was arrested in March.
Prosecutors said Throneberry had passed herself off as a teen-ager in other states, including Pennsylvania, Texas and Oregon.
Associated Press

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