THE SALINA JOURNAL WEDNESDAY, APRIL 25, 2001 A5 • INTERNET RETAILING Beating the competition Entrepreneur is first to market with 'Wife Beater' T-shirt By The Associated Press DALLAS — A Web site that sells so- called "wife beater" T-shirts has come under attack by domestic abuse agencies who say the retailer encourages violence against women. "We're highly offended," said Leigh Edgar, spokeswoman for the Genesis Women's Shelter in Dallas, one of several groups critical of the Web site. She said the group wants the site taken off the Internet. The creator of the Dallas-based Web site said he's just using humor to sell the shirts and accuses women's rights groups of overreacting. "It's a joke, and I understand that a lot of the women's groups are upset about it," James Doolin told The Dallas Mdrn- ing News. "I can't do nothing for them." The Web site offers $20 sleeveless shirts embroidered with the words "Wife Beater." Doolin said convicted wife beaters get a discount — if they buy one T-shirt, they get the second for half price with proof of their conviction. Edgar called that promotion insulting. "To say that you get something for actually abusing a woman ... it's just a tragedy," she said. Doolin said he got the idea for the The Associated Press James Doolin, president of Wife Beater T-Shirts, Dallas, has drawn fire from domestic violence workers who say the Internet product promotes abuse. shirts after watching the television show "Cops," which he said often shows people in sleeveless T-shirts being ar rested for domestic violence. "I just decided to do it before somebody else did," he said. T POLICE WEAPONRY Cops spice up arsenal with PepperBall guns By The San Antonio Express-News SAN ANTONIO — They are semiautomatic. They can shoot six rounds per second. And they can be invaluable to a police officer trying to control an unruly suspect. But they aren't firearms. They are PepperBall launchers, non- lethal, air-powered guns that fire projectiles filled with an eye-watering pepper powder. The semi-automatic launcher uses high-pressure air to shoot hard plastic balls at a rate of 350 to 380 feet per second. Upon impact, the gumball-sized projectiles break open, releasing a cayenne pepper-based powder. Those exposed to the chemical agent develop watery eyes, invol untary closure of the eyes, coughing and temporary breathing problems. Developed by Jaycor Tactical Systems, the PepperBall guns were introduced in December 1999. Today 380 law enforcement agencies across the country use them. The launcher allows officers to deliver pepper spray to a hostile suspect from up to 160 feet away, Trickersaid. "If you want to spray someone (with pepper spray), most officers have to get in to about 10 to 14 feet. You are able to deploy this from 30 feet out," said PepperGun trainer Mike Tricker. Weighing about 3.5 pounds, the PepperBall launchers can hold 180 rounds in a hopper connected to the gun. BRIEFIY 'Ally McBear drops Robert Downey Jr. CULVER CITY. Calif. — Robert Downey Jr. was fired from the TV show "AUy McBeal" Tuesday, hours after his arrest for investigation of being under the influence of drugs. The arrest was the latest in a string of sub- DOWNEY stance-abuse troubles for the actor, whose career has been derailed several times by rehabilitation and prison time. Downey was on foot in Culver City, near southwest Los Angeles, at the time of the midnight arrest, police Lt. Dave Tanken- son said. Police offered no details about what led to Downey's arrest, nor did they release the type of drug he was accused of using. Man convicted of killing mom's dog GASTONIA, N.C. — A man who pleaded guilty to skinning and beheading a dog was sentenced to three years probation and ordered to read the "Lassie" books. Jason Vincent Revels, 19, was charged with felony animal cruelty in the November death of his mother's mixed pit bull. He was not eligible for jail time under state sentencing rules. At a hearing Monday, Revels said he blacked out and did not remember killing the dog. Superior Court Judge Claude Sitton said he did not believe the teen and ordered him to reread the "Lassie" books. The judge also ordered Revels to undergo a psychological evaluation and forbade him to have pets during probation. Revels, who has prior convictions for assault with a deadly weapon and marijuana possession, told police he killed the dog because his mother told him to get rid of it. Suspect held in Camby hostage case | MANCHESTER, Conn. — " The man accused of sexually assaulting a sister of New York Knicks star Marcus Camby and holding her and two other family members hostage was ordered held on $1.5 million bond. Troy Crooms, 28, was charged with kidnapping, sexual assault, burglary and possession of a weapon following Monday's eight-hour standoff at Camby's mother's home. Authorities said little about a motive but did say Crooms was known to the family Crooms, who received a court-appointed defense attorney, did not speak and entered no plea during Tuesday's brief court appearance. Assistant State's Attorney Adam Scott had urged Superior Court Judge Jorge Simon to imposed high bail, saying, "What we have here is a convicted felon, a sex offender, who is facing over 95 years in jail." Crooms is listed on the state's database of sex offenders because of a 1993 conviction. He also has been convicted of forgery, narcotics possession and other crimes. From Wire Service Reports T FEDERAL BENEFITS 23 Years in Business AJVULGSTONE-- chimney service and stove store 245 S. 5th, Salina 823-9000 In these cases, crime does pay Felons, fugitives get millions in illegal government benefits By The Associated Press WASHINGTON — MiUions of dollars are paid annually to felons and fugitives, largely because U.S. officials haven't matched medical and Social Security beneficiaries with law enforcement records, government investigators say "The Social Security and Medicare programs don't have a penny to spare for undeserving populations," said Sen. Charles Grassley, whose Senate Finance Committee wUl hold hearings on the payments this week. "They're already being squeezed to the limit." Medicare, for example, paid more than $25,000 for services to an inmate convicted of killing his mother and more than $97,000 to a facUity that treated nine inmates whose crimes included arson, attempted assault, breaking and entering and burglary The payments were made despite federal laws prohibiting most prisoners from receiving Medicare and Medicaid payments and barring fugitive felons, probation and parole violators from receiving Supplemental Security Income for needy aged, blind or disabled people. While some state or local laws include provisions that could qualify prisoners for Medicare and Medicaid, officials of those programs have not tried to determine which jurisdictions might allow the benefits. "The government is aiding and abetting the flight of fugitive felons," said Grassley R-Iowa. "Government programs are paying to help convicted criminals stay on the lam." According to documents provided to The Associated Press, problems identified so far by investigators for the Department of Health and Human Services, Social Security Congress and Louisiana show: • $32 million in Medicare fee- for-service payments were made on behalf of 7,438 incarcerated beneficiaries during calendar years 1997 through 1999, with a strong likelihood that most of the payments violated the law. • Some $75 million in federal Medicaid funds were paid to Louisiana State University medical facilities for inmate care from 1997 through this year. A top Louisiana state auditor, Daniel Kyle, questioned why federal officials approved the disbursements when the Code of Federal Regulations "specificially states such costs are not allowable." • At least 27,700 fugitives were paid some $76 million in Supplemental Security Income benefits since August 1996 contrary to law, and the tab may increase by $30 million annually if the payments continue, the AP reported in December. "We are concerned ... because, in general, no Medicare payments should be made for services rendered to prisoners unless certain strict conditions are met by the government component which operates the prison," Acting HHS Inspector General Michael Mangano said in testimony prepared for a Senate hearing today In most cases, investigators learned that information to stop many of the illegal payments was available, but efforts by Medicaid, Medicare and Social Security officials to obtain the data were inadequate. In some cases, time-consuming computer programs would have to be devised. HHS investigators noted the Health Care Financing Administration, which administers Medicare and Medicaid, does not have records to identify incarcerated beneficiaries. The Social Security Administration had a list compiled from law enforcement records of 38,600 beneficiaries who were incarcerated. 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