December 24, 2010 in Nation/World

In brief: Sen. Kennedy’s dog Splash dies


Boston – The late Sen. Edward Kennedy’s dog, Splash, who was the star of a children’s book about Capitol Hill, has died. Kennedy’s widow, Vicki, announced his death in an e-mail Thursday.

The 13-year-old Portuguese water dog may be best known for the 2006 children’s book Kennedy wrote from Splash’s point of view, called “My Senator and Me: A Dog’s Eye View Of Washington, D.C.”

Splash also made news after President Barack Obama took office. Kennedy gave the Obamas their dog, Bo, also a Portuguese water dog.

Governor ends killer’s sentence

Albany, N.Y. – New York Gov. David Paterson commuted the sentence Thursday of a black man imprisoned for the racially charged shooting death of a white teenager on Long Island.

Paterson said the five months John Harris White has served was enough time for the emotion-fueled 2006 shooting death of Daniel Cicciaro, 17. Paterson said everybody connected with the case had suffered enough, and White was released Thursday.

White teenagers were feuding with John White’s 19-year-old son when they went by the carload to their home in August 2006. White was convicted of manslaughter for shooting one of the teenagers at the foot of White’s driveway, in what he referred to as a lynch mob.

A judge sentenced White to two to four years in prison, a fraction of the maximum, exactly four years ago Thursday. He finally went to prison in July this year after his appeals were rejected.

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