CLEVELAND – A sex offender accused of killing two women more than 15 years ago and raping children pleaded guilty on Monday to hundreds of charges, crying when some of his surviving victims addressed him.
“I’m not a monster. I feel a lot of remorse,” Elias Acevedo said in the hushed courtroom as some of his child-rape victims, now adults, and relatives of the women watched, some wiping away tears. “I love you all, and God bless you.”
Acevedo sobbed into a tissue as three rape victims clutched each other and addressed him in front of the judge: “You robbed me of my childhood,” one victim said. “You hurt so many people.”
Acevedo, 49, agreed to plead guilty to 297 counts, including murdering the women and kidnapping and raping children. He accepted a life prison term under the plea deal.
The two 20-years-to-life sentences for aggravated murder and sentences for other crimes total 445 years, the judge said.
Key abortion case figure in 1970s dies
SARASOTA, Fla. – Dr. Kenneth Edelin, a Boston physician at the center of a landmark abortion case in the 1970s, died Monday morning in Sarasota, Fla. He was 74.
Edelin’s wife, Barbara, confirmed that he died after suffering from cancer.
Edelin made national headlines when he was convicted of manslaughter in 1975 for performing an abortion. That was two years after the U.S. Supreme Court legalized the procedure with its decision on Roe v. Wade.
According to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, the Massachusetts Supreme Court later overturned Edelin’s guilty verdict, in a case that helped legally define what an abortion is and when human life begins.
Komen for the Cure CEO’s shift cuts pay
DALLAS – Susan G. Komen for the Cure says founder Nancy Brinker has taken a $158,700 pay cut with her move from CEO to global strategy chair.
The Dallas-based breast cancer charity also said in a statement Monday disclosing 2013 salary information that the salary for Dr. Judith A. Salerno, who was named president and CEO in June, is $475,000.
Brinker’s annual salary for her new role is $390,000, down from $548,700 in 2012.
Third worker fired in missing boy case
BOSTON – A third employee of Massachusetts’ social services agency has been fired for her involvement in the case of a 5-year-old boy who has not been seen for months and is feared dead.
The commissioner of the state Department of Children & Families said Monday that an area program manager was fired after an investigation found she failed to ensure any follow-up after multiple reports of abuse and neglect in Jeremiah Oliver’s Fitchburg home.
A social worker and supervisor were dismissed earlier this month. In addition, Commissioner Olga Roche said another manager was given a three-day suspension without pay and removed from a decision-making position.
The boy disappeared in September, but police didn’t learn that until earlier this month. They are treating the case as a possible homicide.
The boy’s mother, Elsa Oliver, and her boyfriend, Alberto Sierra Jr., have been arrested. They have pleaded not guilty to child endangerment, abuse and other charges. Searchers have looked for the boy to no avail.
First dogs Bo, Sunny met Hawaii rules
HONOLULU – It doesn’t matter that they belong to President Barack Obama – first family dogs Bo and Sunny had to go through Hawaii’s strict quarantine procedures to travel to the islands for their holiday vacation.
Hawaii is rabies free, and all incoming dogs have to jump through several hoops, including an expensive rabies blood test and 120-day waiting period. Dogs that don’t meet regulations are quarantined up to 120 days.
Program Manager Isaac Maeda of Hawaii’s Rabies Quarantine Branch said Monday that the Obamas complied with all requirements asked of other pet owners.