Keyes announces run for president
Alan Keyes, a Republican whose two previous runs for president ended in failure, is making a third try for the White House.
The Maryland conservative announced on his Web site that he filed paperwork with the Federal Election Commission on Friday to make his candidacy official. He joins a crowded Republican field of nine candidates and was scheduled to participate Monday night at a debate involving lesser-known candidates in Florida.
Keyes, a former State Department official under President Reagan, made unsuccessful presidential runs in 1996 and 2000. He also has been a Senate candidate from Maryland, and, in 2004, he suffered a 43-percentage point loss to Democrat Barack Obama in the Senate race in Illinois. Republicans drafted Keyes after primary winner Jack Ryan dropped out amid a scandal.
Relatives blame rattlesnake bite
Relatives of a man accused of killing six people in Texas and Pennsylvania apologized to their families Monday, and said the suspect had psychological problems and suggested a rattlesnake bite may have set him off.
“We feel it’s a psychological stupor he was in,” an uncle, Ed Nelson, said outside court before a judge ordered Paul Devoe III extradited to Texas.
Devoe, 44, was arrested last month after deputy U.S. marshals tracked him to a friend’s house on eastern Long Island. He is wanted in Texas for the killings of an ex-girlfriend and four others in late August.
Authorities in Pennsylvania also have charged him with killing a woman so he could steal her car and go from Texas to New York.
Nelson said his nephew was bitten by a rattlesnake just days before the killing spree began and suggested a reaction to the medication he was prescribed for the snake bite, along with alcohol, sparked some type of psychological condition.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention does not mention psychological effects in its listing of snake bite symptoms.
Scholar reinstated as law school dean
A renowned legal scholar was reappointed Monday as dean of the new law school at the University of California, Irvine, a week after the school rejected him.
Erwin Chemerinsky, a liberal scholar and commentator on constitutional law who recently represented exposed CIA agent Valerie Plame, was re-offered the position after talking in depth with UC Irvine Chancellor Michael V. Drake over the weekend.
Chemerinsky has said Drake told him the offer had been withdrawn Sept. 11 because some board members were concerned about Chemerinsky’s politics.
Drake has insisted that Chemerinsky did not lose the post because of his politics.
Fraidy-cat gets blasted out of tree
A fearful feline that was stuck in a tree for a week, clinging to branches several stories high, was finally blasted to safety with a high-pressure fire hose.
Volunteers with an outstretched sheet made the save as the cat – soaked and hungry but unharmed – was hosed out of the tree by firefighters Sunday night.
“Everyone was cheering,” said artist and animal rescuer Greg Speirs, who was among about 50 people assembled beneath the willow tree.
The cat had previously ignored people who banged cans of cat food and climbed ladders that were just out of reach.
“As soon as the cat landed it jumped out and ran into the woods,” Speirs said Monday.
“Some kids helped us bring the cat back, and a man said he would adopt the cat right on the spot,” Speirs said.