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In brief: Unabomber payment OK’d

TUESDAY, AUG. 9, 2011

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – A federal judge in Sacramento has approved the payment of $232,000 to the victims and survivors of Theodore Kaczynski, a sum raised through a court-ordered auction of the Unabomber’s tools and other possessions.

The Sacramento Bee reported Monday that U.S. District Judge Garland Burrell last week ordered the funds dispersed among two widows of men killed by Kaczynski, the wife of a man severely injured and an injured computer store worker.

The U.S. Marshals Service and the General Services Administration conducted the online auction of Kaczynski’s typewriter, sweatshirt and other belongings in June.

Kaczynski pleaded guilty in 1994 to killing three people and injuring 23 with a bomb-planting spree that spanned nearly two decades. He is serving a life sentence in Colorado.

Former NIH boss Healy, 67, dies

Gates Mills, Ohio – Dr. Bernadine Healy, a hard-charging cardiologist and educator who was the first woman to lead the National Institutes of Health and later commanded American Red Cross relief efforts after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, died Saturday at her home in Gates Mills, Ohio. She was 67.

The cause was brain cancer, said her daughter, Bartlett Ann Bulkley.

Healy, a Republican who served in the Reagan and George H.W. Bush administrations, was known as a no-nonsense leader. She took over the National Institutes of Health in 1991.

E. coli traced to strawberries

Health officials say one person has died and at least nine others were made sick from an E. coli outbreak traced to fresh strawberries picked at a farm in northwestern Oregon.

The Oregon Public Health Authority identified the source of the outbreak Monday as the Jaquith Strawberry Farm in Newberg, about 25 miles southwest of Portland.

Four people have been hospitalized. The fatality was an elderly woman from Washington County who died of kidney failure.

Dr. Paul Cieslak said the farm does not appear to have done anything wrong.

Officials say strawberries are safe if they were sold in supermarkets, after Aug. 1, south of Benton County, and east of Multnomah County.


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