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gD FHday, Penary,, 397 JN WOrfdMafiOn . World ;Update : Ecuador lawmakers vote to oust president " The Associated Press V QUITO, Ecuador Ecuador's ; Congress voted yesterday to re-move President Abdala Buca-; ram for "mental incapacity," exasperated by a six-month stint in office in which the presi-1 dent sang and pulled political . stunts while the country fell into economic crisis. ; . Members of Congress voted !;44-34 to remove Bucaram, with ; two congressmen abstaining. Bucaram, who cheerfully had I referred to himself as "El ; Loco," called the vote on his ! Incompetence a "coup by Con-; gress" and said he would not recognize it. ! "The national government ; condemns this attitude," he i said. ! As the session opened, the j armed forces issued a call to ! national authorities to use "dia-; logue and cooperation" to re-' solve the political crisis. 1' ' The debate comes on the J heels of a nationwide strike Wednesday. National j Update ; Feds to stop benefits to 1 35,000 children The Washington Post '.' WASHINGTON At least 135,000 children who receive .federal cash assistance because ; they are characterized as disabled will be denied benefits ; under the welfare law enacted . in August, the Clinton adminis- '' tration announced yesterday. Federal officials, releasing long-awaited regulations interpreting one of the most controversial provisions of the new , welfare measure, said benefits no longer will go to children who, for example, suffer from hyperactivity that affects schoolwork and behavior, certain learning disabilities, or rheumatoid arthritis that limits physical movement and social ' interaction. But advocates for disabled children said the rules will also deny assistance to those with much more severe problems. ,They cited the example of an 8 year old who has an IQ of 75, suffers from depression and requires constant supervision because of behavioral problems. The final rules, released yesterday by the Social Security Administration, also will deny benefits over the next five years to an estimated 45,000 children not on the rolls now but who would have qualified under the old law. Grandmother convicted in meter-feeding case The Associated Press CINCINNATI Sylvia Stay-ton was just trying to spare strangers a ticket when she plunked a dime and a nickel ', into two overdue parking meters. For what she considered to : be a random act of kindness, she got handcuffed and ar-'. rested, and on yesterday, she ; was convicted of a misdemeanor for interfering with an officer ; trying to ticket overdue cars. r "I tried to do what I thought '. was the right thing," the 63- ; year-old grandmother of 10 said as she left court. ,' ; She faces up to 90 days in jail ; -and a $750 fine when she is ' sentenced later this month for ; obstructing official business. . ' Jurors acquitted her of misde-,' meanor disorderly conduct in ; the Oct. 24 incident. She had . faced up to four months in jail if ; convicted on both counts. 'Pillowcase rapist' ' acquitted in break-in . The Associated Press CROWN POINT, Ind. The man known as the "pillowcase rapist," who was severely beaten by vigilantes who thought he broke into a woman's home and stole a purse, was acquitted r Reginald Muldrew, linked to as many as 200 sex crimes in California in the 1970s, was found innocent of burglary, confinement and robbery in connection with the break-in Aug. 5 in Gary. Muldrew, 49, was beaten nearly beyond recognition and spent three weeks in the hospital last summer. Also: , WASHINGTON Two Air Force jets flew as close as 1,000 feet of a Boeing 727 full of passengers Wednesday afternoon off the New Jersey coast, and the Air Force has launched an investigation, the Federal Aviation Administration said yesterday. WASHINGTON Federal Highway Administrator Rodney 'Slater, an Arkansas friend of President Clinton, won Senate confirmation as secretary of transportation yesterday. The vote was 98-0. Fund-raising info Documents show the computer list contains far more than innocent social functions By John Hanchette and Chuck Raasch Gannett News Service WASHINGTON A controversial White House computer list containing 230,000 names that is under congressional investigation includes significant political fund-raising information that goes far beyond the innocent social functions presidential aides have claimed, Gannett News Service has learned. Internal documents provided GNS by a source close to the White House include a six-page code sheet that reveals the White House database, from its very inception three years ago, was used in part for keeping track of people who had contributed to President Clinton's political campaigns. The White House denies it used this list to raise money in the 1996 campaign. "Yes, a lot of contributors t. I- v 1 '.V A j r . Staff photoKathy McLaughlin New York State Trooper Michael Holtman uses a metal detector yesterday to comb the roadside of eastbound Interstate 84 in Fishkill for evidence in the fatal shooting of a motorist on Wednesday. Victim's 911 call provides clues Motorist killed during dispute on Interstate 84 By Jerry Gleeson Staff Writer A dying man's desperate cellular telephone call to state police minutes after he was shot during a rush-hour roadside dispute on Interstate 84 gave investigators valuable clues yesterday in the hunt for his killer. Although bleeding from a gunshot wound to the chest, 47-year-old Richard Aderson was able to give an account of what happened and a description of his assailant. "He kept saying, 'Please help me,' " state police Capt. Fred W. Schall said. "He was able to help a lot." Aderson, a former administrator at Westchester County's Lakeland and Putnam County's Haldane school districts, spoke with the dispatcher for eight to 10 minutes Wednesday night "even though he was in great pain," Schall said. "You can tell that by the tape." The recording of the conversation is one of the clues police will sift through as they search for a suspect and for hundreds of potential witnesses who drove by the crime scene in the eastbound lane in Fishkill, about three miles north of the Hunt grows for Simpson money Forensic accountants Knight-Ridder Newspapers MIAMI Eyeballed for two years by an army of murder detectives, prosecutors and private eyes, O.J. Simpson now is under the bright light of a different breed of gumshoe: Call them Quincy, CPA. Called forensic accountants or asset tracers, they typically hunt for hidden money in the jungle of sleazy divorces, bogus bankruptcies and business bustouts. Business has boomed for them for the past decade in fraud meccas like Miami and L.A. Their advice to O.J.: Give up the keys to the Bentley. Move out of the mansion. And forget about owning another pair of Bruno Maglis. Under California debtor laws, Hush Puppies will be more his style. When Simpson returned to court yesterday, his finances were the focus. The jury will were included," said White House spokesman Barry Toiv, "but their contributions were not listed, nor the amounts. The only use the database was put to was primarily for inviting them to official White House events." Running such a campaign fund-raising operation out of the White House would seem to violate federal election law. The fund-raising references are among almost 250 computer category headings that contain about 350,000 individual entries many of them overlapping. These gave the White House fast, fingertip access to personal minutiae of potential contributors. The information is in such detail and depth that some privacy experts say it may violate federal law. The category headings titled "Distinct Source Codes" go far beyond previous White 1 .4 Putnam County line. Yesterday morning, state troopers on foot searched the shoulders of eastbound 1-84 for more than 20 miles through Dutchess and Putnam counties to the Connecticut border, seeking a weapon or other evidence that might have been discarded by the fleeing gunman. From 5 to 7 p.m. yesterday, state police stood in the New-burgh-Bea-con Bridge toll plaza, handing out leaflets to eastbound Richard Aderson commuters describing the shooting and pleading for witnesses to come forth. State police said results of an autopsy performed yesterday at St. Luke's Hospital in Newburgh would be released today. Aderson had left work at the Valley central school district in Montgomery, in Orange County, where he was assistant superintendent for pupil services and personnel. The former Ka-tonah resident was returning home to his wife and three children in Poughkeepsie, police said. Aderson apparently became involved in a minor accident dig for hidden assets consider his wealth when determining punitive damages. Meanwhile, a team of forensic accountants hired by the parents of Ron Goldman, the plaintiffs in Simpson's wrongful death case, will be searching for clues of any hidden assets that could cover the $8.5 million in compensatory damages already awarded the Goldmans. Collecting the full award appears unlikely Simpson says he doesn't have near that kind of money. Since his divorce from Nicole, his fortune has dwindled from $10.8 million in 1991 to about $3 million. While his homeowner's policy paid for his civil defense, it won't cover damages. Meanwhile, Simpson is still paying the tab from his criminal trial, which cost at least $3 million and probably more like $7 million. If there's any money stashed away, the forensic accountants in White House descriptions of the database as an innocent Christmas card list and social event organizer. The computer documents reveal White House formatting that allows users to determine information down to Social Security numbers, pet political issues, second addresses, nicknames, spouse and kids, job, military service, college, degrees, congressional district and ward, original contact, religion, ethnic group, gender, "relationship to the First Family," a "Campaign Code" and "Campaign Sub-Code," and, in some instances, even a mug shot. The White House computer system, nicknamed "Big Brother" by its users, has been the subject of news stories and congressional inquiry for several weeks. Administration officials have told congressional investigators its cost to taxpayers exceeds $1.6 million. Presidential spokesmen have denied the WhoDB, which stands for "White House offices with another motorist just before 6 p.m. Both vehicles pulled off the highway and onto a wide shoulder of the highway flanked by large embankments about two-tenths of a mile west of the interchange with Route 52. While other commuters passed the two men, an argument apparently ensued that ended in the shooting, police said. Aderson, described as a large man over 6 feet tall, made his way back to his gray 1995 Volvo four-door sedan and dialed 911. A state police dispatcher in Poughkeepsie answered. Police said Aderson's assailant was described as a middle-aged white male, possibly bearded and balding, with glasses. He fled in a late-model, green Jeep Cherokee-type vehicle, possibly with New Hampshire plates. Troopers walking three abreast examined the shoulder of the road, followed by a fourth man with a metal detector. Yesterday, police would not say what evidence, if any, had been found. Schall said some motorists had called yesterday with information on the case. Staff writers Andrew McMains, Jeff Shields and Gail Gorman contributed information for this report. are likely to find it. 4 "Money leaves footprints," says lawyer Tom Tew, one of Miami's most accomplished asset hunters. "People ought to shudder when they realize how much of a trail they leave behind." Tew said he starts by checking the backs of old checks to see where they were cashed. Sometimes, he hires a computer whiz to reconstruct records on the target's personal computer. Loan applications are also a gold mine because people are trying to impress the bank with their wealth. - 'r 1 Simpson's celebrity makes himJudgments are paid off: especially easy to trace, adds Billy Marlin of Kroll Associates, international money hunters with offices in Miami and Los Angeles. Kroll was hired by the Goldmans to make sure he didn't salt away any money offshore. No matter how much he has salted away, Simpson faces a serious change in lifestyle. California law mandates that he live in relative frugality until his House database Data Base," was installed and programmed to provide detailed access to potential contributors. The GNS documents, however, show database access categories were set up to include these specific titles: Early Contributors. Early Supporters. White House Political Affairs Office Contact. Democratic National Committee. DNC Contact. DNC Key Contact. First Lady. Friend of President. Internal Revenue Service. It also includes specific access categories for "Presidential Appointees Lists" on a state-by-state basis for all 50 states; seven separate access sites for "State Political Contacts;" and access headings for "Mark Middleton's List," and "Marsha Scott List CA Early Supporters 92." U.S. leads in violent deaths of youngters The Associated Press ATLANTA American youngsters are 12 times more likely to die by gunfire than their counterparts in the rest of the industrialized world, the government said yesterday. The gun deaths are part of an overall surge in murders and suicides among the nation's youth, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said. "Our children are getting killed or killing themselves at higher rates than any other country," said Dr. Etienne Krug, a CDC medical epidemiologist. "No child should die a violent death in the most industrialized country in the world." American children are five times more likely to be killed than those in the rest of the industrialized world: The homicide rate is 2.57 out of every 100,000 children under age 15. That compares with an overall rate of .51 in the 25 other countries surveyed, the CDC said. Youngsters in the United States also are twice as likely to commit suicide. The U.S. rate is .55 out of every 100,000 children, compared with .27 for the rest of the industrialized world. And deaths caused by firearms amount to 1.66 out of every Abducted 1 -year-old boy recovered in Puerto Rico By Ken Rltter Staff Writer A 1-year-old New Rochelle boy was safe last night with his parents, 11 days after he was kidnapped, taken to Puerto Rico and held for $500,000 ransom by three men trying to collect what authorities said was a drug debt. The FBI traced ransom calls to a cellular telephone and arrested two women and a man in San Juan, charging them as accomplices in the Jan. 26 kidnapping, according to a statement released late yesterday by Assistant FBI Director James Kalls-trom and Mary Jo White, U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York. Authorities still are searching for two men Juan Jose Zuniga, 36, and Wilbert Rodriquez, 27 who were accused of being the masterminds of the case. "The two subjects are now fugitives," said James Margolin, an FBI spokesman in New York who said arrest warrants were issued this week in U.S. District Court in White Plains. Zuniga, who also uses the names "Perli- Rich man? Poor man? O.J. Simpson has undoubtedly lost much of the $11 million fortune he recorded in 1 992. But his lawyers and the attorneys representing Ronald Goldman and Nicole Brown Simpson's families dispute just how much money he has. Simpson's lawyers cits... Legal fees of $3.5 million since 1994 By December 1996, worth of only $800,000 The $8.5 million In compensatory damages awarded Tuesday to Goldman's estate i $9.3 million In debt He can only keeD $75,000 in home equity. That rule likely will cost him the $3.5 million dollar Rockingham estate where he lives with his two kids. Creditors also can grab his $250,000 condo in San Francisco putting Simpson's elderly mother Eunice out of her home. He can have only $1,900 equity in a car a rule that jeopardizes his British Bentley. Marsha Scott, named throughout the documents as heading a White House team that set up the computer tracking system, isa senior presidential aide. In December 1993, two months before the database was set tip, she described top-level interest in the project. In a memo, she wrote then-chief of staff Mack McLarty: "Both the president and first lady have asked me to make this my top priority." Last June, according to The Associated Press, Scott told congressional investigators in a sworn deposition, "There was no database at the White House, at all." Mark Middleton, an Arkansan and ex-aide to McLarty, left the White House two years ago and has been accused of pressuring Taiwanese businessmen to contribute to the Democratic Party. Middleton was traveling yesterday and unavailable, but his lawyer, Dan Braun, said this particular list contained more than 2,000 names. 100,000 children in the United States, compared with .14 in the other nations. -:.y; "We are a more violent society," said Holly Richardson, a spokeswoman for the Washington-based Handgun Control Inc. From 1950 to 1993, murder rates have tripled and suicide rates have quadrupled among U.S. children under age 15, the CDC said. In 1950, 0.8 per 100,000 U.S. children under 15 were killed, compared with 2.57 in 1993. And the suicide rate was 0.2 per 100,000 children in 1950, compared with 0.9 per 100,000 in 1993. The CDC study reflects figures for 1990 to 1995. Each country surveyed had more than 1 million people, similar economies and a system that recorded death rates. J;T Working with a total estimate of 2,872 child homicides, suicides and gun-related deaths for all of the countries in a given year, the CDC noted: i : 73 percent of the 1,995 homicides were among U.S. children. 54 percent of the 599 suicides were among U.S. children. 86 percent of the 1,107 deaths caused by guns were among U.S. children. Twenty-two percent of all the gun deaths were unintentional. ta" and "Albert," and Rodriquez were each charged with kidnapping, a federal offense that carries a possible sentence of life in prison. ' The boy, Cruz Mendez, was rescued Tuesday. Evelyn Santiago, 23; Madelyne Santiago,;: 31; and David Vega-Molina, 27, were arrested. Each was arraigned Wednesday in U.S. District Court in San Juan on charges of aiding and abetting commission of kidnapping, a federal offense. The ransom was not paid, Margolin said. The statement called the money "a debt 'Albert' believed to be owed to him by (the father) arising out of narcotics trafficking activities." The FBI said three gunmen broke into a home at 25 Acacia Terrace in New Rochelle about 11:30 p.m. Jan. 26 and handcuffed William Mendez and his wife. A kidnapper whom Mendez identified as "Albert" took the infant, several household items and the family vehicle and left about 2:30 a.m. The other two kidnappers stayed in the home until about daybreak. Plaintiffs' lawyers cits... Future earnings of $24 million from licensing contracts, etc. $1.25 million possibly hidden in his interest in a Honey Baked Ham chain and a $1.75 million Insurance payout Future taxes of several million dollars. Worth $15.7 million ,v AP He already has sold his Ferrari for $100,000 and gave back his infamous Ford Bronco to Hertz Corp., his old employer. Simpson might be able to keep his $40,000 Chevy Suburban wagon as long as it's heavily financed. :: He's allowed to keep just $5,000 in jewelry and art, which raises questions about his ability to keep an original print that Andy Warhol did of the faded football champion. ; .""

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