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Daily News Thursday, September 1 19941 OA INI Lawmakers pass, governor signs bill Special session on sex tor over the next three months. "This set of circumstances clearly points out the severity of the problem and clearly places the public safety in jeopardy," he said. Under the new law's civil commitment standards, prosecutors no longer must prove individuals showed "an utter lack of control" over sexual impulses in order to lock them up. That is the stand- arti I mh mi hiiim i .1 II II I riiiHti null Key features of the sexual psychopath law: Contains a two-track approach for using civil commitments to confine sexual predators. Updates language in the 1939 psychopathic personalities law, retaining the "utter lack of- control" commitment standard for people committed as "sexual psychopathic personalities." Adds a new.

broader commitment standard for "sexually dangerous persons," who are able but not willing to control their belwjwy' Doss not require proof of an "utter lack of control" over their behavior. -Creates new procedures tor committing people as either sexual psychopathic personalities or sexually dangerous persons. Revamps law that requires people convicted of sex crimes to register with authorities after release, to include sexual psychopaths or sexually dangerous people if they were committed after completing a prison sentence. Stringer's childhood taught him the law Justice joins state's high court today Associated Ptess ST. PAUL As a boy in St.

Paul in the 1940s, Edward Stringer and his three older sisters would listen to their lawyer father try out his legal theories at the dinner sable. If the kids bought it, a jury might, too. It was obscure stuff: railroad liability, not gumshoe crime cases that might capture a youngster's imagination. But Stringer says his early Hfe steeped 4n the law gave him a lifelong fascination and reverence for it. "This is really the fabric of society.

This is What holds us together," he said. "This is what makes the difference between a civilized society and an uncivilized one." His father practiced law for 60 years in St. Paul, and his grandfather was a St. Paul attorney whp was appointed as U.S. attorney by President rover Cleveland.

To Stringer, his appointment to the Minnesota Supreme Court seems a natural progression. Jlfe "A judgeship was always something I thought would be a worralrful today, He joins Justice Paul Anderson, former chief judge of the Minnesota Court of Appeals, as the two newest members of the court. Stringer replaces retiring Justice Rosalie Wahl, and Anderson replaced retiring Justice John Simonett on July 1. Stringer has spent the last 14 years not in courtrooms but in the corporate board room and as the political appointee of President Bush and of Gov. Arne Carlson.

He says his experience in public service and in business will be A plus for the court, although he doesn't expect to bfc. an ally for 1 Associated ft-ess ST: PAUL In a special session that took less than two hours, Minnesota lawmakers unanimously approved a bill Wednesday broadening the state's sexual predator law. "This bill is not aimed at anyone or two predators. Rather, it is designed to address a problem of enormous severity," Gov. Arne Carlson said as he signed the biH into law.

-wmmmmmmmmfwim Although lawmakers were careful not to aim their remarks at any individual, the special session was prompted by a state Supreme Court decision that led to last month's release of convicted sex offender Dennis Linehan. Ramsey County Attorney Tom Foley said the process that could lead to Linehan's recommitment under the new law was under way even before the session convened; Linehan, who strangled 14-year-old Barbara Iversen of Shoreview in 1965 after he tried to rape her, could possibly be back at the state Security Hospital as early as next week, Foley said. In June, the court narrowed the conditions under which the state could commit sex offenders indefinitely. Linehan is now being watched around the clock at -a WW not been met in the commitments of Linehan and Rickmyer. The bill adds a new standard, under which prosecutors would have to prove someone is able but unwilling to control behavior.

Although Linehan's name was rarely invoked during Wednesday's brief debate, members of Iversen's family watched the proceedings in both chambers. "This law has long, long been coming. This should have happened years ago," said Joan Iver-sen, the victim's mother. "Had it happened years ago. maybe my daughter would be alive today." Foley said a preliminary screening of Linehan could be completed by Thursday, and he expected to file a petition for recommitting him by early next house near the Stillwater prison.

Peter Rickmyer, a pedophile, also was released from the security hospital because of the court's ruling, and has moved to a halfway house in St. Paul. The bill was the product of talks among an Independent-Republican governor, a DFL attorney general and legislators from both parties. The new law allows indefinite commitment of people who show sexual, mental or personality disorders and who are considered likely to commit sexual attacks in the future. Carlson said that of 66 people committed as psychopathic personalities, eight have already petitioned for 'release, the Supreme Court ruling.

In addition, he said, 123 sex offenders are scheduled for supervised release from the state's prisons Briefly Associated Press Cambodian refugee helps Rwandans GOMA, Zaire At the age of 9, Dara Miles fled Cambodia's killing fields. Two decades later he has come to another field of death Rwandan refugee camps, where he helps deliver babies. "When I see smiles on the faces of the mothers and when I hear the cries of newborn babies, I feel I am reborn," said Miles, a registered nurse who is one of about 50 American aid workers in Goma. In the camps, he saw "a flashback of my own life," said Miles, 29, a resident of Minneapolis. MileS was living a peaceful, rural life with his aunt pigs, chickens and his dog Lora when Khmer Rouge guerrillas seized his town of Posat in 1973.

"When I came to know a civil war was going on in Rwanda, I signed up for the job here," said Miles, who works with the Hennepin County 'Medical Center Minneapolis. General Mills crisps up its cereals MINNEAPOLIS Figuring more crunch is better, General Mills has changed the way it toasts its popular Cheerios and Wheaties cereals make them taste toastier and stay crunchy longer in milk. But the company is quick to say the changes are very subtle. 'We don't want people to think it's going to be the Coke and Coke Classic spokeswoman Kathryn Newton said Wednesday. When Coca-Cola changed the formula for its popular soft drink in 1985, customers rebelled and the company had to bring back its origi-nal version.

General Mills didn't do much tinkering with the little Os and its breakfast of champions, and plans no changes in its Honey Nut, Apple Cinnamon and Multi-Grain Cheerios. The changes in Cheerios and Wheaties "might not be something that people will recognize right away," Newton said. Cheerios, the company's top-selling cereal, is, now crisper and has a more pronounced toasted oat flavor, Newton said. It also has about 10 percent less sodium than before. Youth convicted for parents' stabbings BEAUMONT, Texas A 16-year-old Southeast Texas youth was convicted and sentenced to life in prison Wednesday for the stabbing deaths of his father and mother.

Bill Travis testified that he and a friend had planned to go on a killing and robbery binge to finance a trip to a shopping mall in Minnesota -V u-- He showed no emotion as the verdict and sentence were handed down Wednesday afternoon after being tried in the March 13 deaths of his father, David Travis, and his mother, Kathleen Travis. The youth was convicted in just 35 minutes by the jurors, who announced their decision at 4: 15 p.m. He still faces trial later in the stabbing, death of his friend and alleged co-conspirator, Todd Thompson, 16. The bodies of his parents were found in their blood-spattered home the following day. The father had been stabbed 11 times and the mother had been stabbed 23 times, police said.

Thompson died of a knife wound to the chest, officers said. FBI to aid search for girl MONTEREY, Calif. The FBI has been brought in to help in the search for a Minnesota teen-ager who vanished last week while visiting her grandmother. The Monterey Police Department said Wednesday that five FBI agents have been assigned to the case. The FBI and Monterey police are trying to determine if the disappearance involved criminal activity, such as an abduction.

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