Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

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Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Briefs

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Man Faces Weapons Charge After Kevorkian Incident A man facing a weapons charge after being arrested outside the office of Dr. Jack Kevorkian's attorney told a judge Saturday that he was there to get the doctor's help to commit suicide. "I came for help . . . it's not at all what it appears to look like. I came up here from Ohio for help from Dr. Kevorkian," Larry Blakeman said at his arraignment in Southfield. Police found an unloaded .22-caliber handgun and ammunition in a suitcase in Blakeman's car Friday outside the office of Geoffrey Fieger. Blakeman, 39, a former construction worker from Leetonia, Ohio, initially told police that he was there to "stop Dr. Jack" from helping a friend commit suicide. He later changed his story, saying he suffered from severe neck and back pain and needed Kevorkian's help. Neither Kevorkian nor Fieger was at the office at the time. Magistrate Judge A. Kay Stanfield Brown ordered Blakeman held on $25,000 bail. Blakeman asked the judge if Fieger could represent him. AP GINGRICH INQUIRY Speaker Says Demands For Reports Are Nitpicking House Speaker Newt Gingrich said Saturday that Democrats were nitpicking when they assert that Republicans are dragging their feet on whether to charge him with ethics violations. Gingrich, campaigning in Marietta, Ga., said he was surprised by comments Friday by Rep. James McDermott, D-Wash., in which the congressman called for the full House to act if there is no resolution by the ethics committee by the end of next week. "I don't know why he would be attacking Democrats and Republicans both," Gingrich said, referring to the panel's composition of five Democrats and five Republicans. "We've cooperated all we can. I think this shows the level of nitpicking they are at." The committee is looking into whether a college course taught by Gingrich was educational or a political partisan activity. It is the last of 67 allegations the committee has dealt with. The panel either dismissed or declared insignificant the rest. AP WORLD BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA Election Outcome Delayed For Certification Of Results Organizers of Bosnia's postwar elections have delayed announcement of the final results of the vote and said Saturday the outcome was still unclear. …

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