Aide to Ex-Illinois Gov. Ryan

Found Guilty of Corruption

CHICAGO -- A federal court jury found a top aide to former Illinois governor George Ryan guilty yesterday on all counts of corruption charges stemming from the eight years when Ryan was secretary of state.

Scott Fawell, 45, is the top official charged thus far in the five-year federal investigation of events that took place while Ryan was secretary of state before he was elected governor in 1998.

Fawell was chief of staff to Ryan in the secretary of state's office and was his 1998 campaign manager. The jury also found Ryan's campaign committee guilty on all counts. The jury deliberated for six days and part of a seventh before reaching its verdicts.

Fawell and the Citizens for Ryan campaign committee were charged in a nine-count indictment with a racketeering conspiracy that included using state employees working on state time to run Ryan campaigns for almost a decade.

In addition to racketeering, Fawell was charged with mail fraud, stealing state property, conspiracy to obstruct justice and perjury before a grand jury. Ryan has not been charged but did not seek a second term and left office in January. So far, 59 former state employees and others have been charged and 53 convicted.

Denver Battles Worst

Blizzard in Two Decades

DENVER -- Denver's worst blizzard in at least two decades paralyzed parts of Colorado and Wyoming for a second day, closing the city's biggest airport, stranding thousands of travelers and leaving as much as 6 feet of snow in the mountains.

National Guard troops were sent to rescue stranded motorists.

Almost 5 feet of wet, heavy flakes fell yesterday at Denver International Airport, ripping its fabric roof and forcing officials to move nearly 4,000 people stranded by the storm out of the main terminal.

The snow was blamed for at least one traffic death, in Wyoming. Interstate 70 remained closed from the Rockies almost to the Kansas line. To the north in Wyoming, Interstates 25 and 80 remained closed.

* SAN FRANCISCO -- A man protesting the looming U.S. war on Iraq fell to his death from San Francisco's famed Golden Gate Bridge as he was hanging a banner, officials said. Antiwar sentiment is strong in the San Francisco Bay area but the death of the man in his thirties was the first related to the protests over the U.S.-led war against Iraqi President Saddam Hussein.

* CHARLOTTE -- Said Harb, the key witness who helped the government make its case against Mohamad Hammoud, who was convicted of aiding the Lebanese group Hezbollah, was sentenced to 41 months in prison.

* NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- Bridgeport Mayor Joseph P. Ganim, who was praised for reviving Connecticut's largest city and dreamed of becoming governor, was convicted of racketeering and other charges in the largest corruption case in recent state history.

* MANCHESTER, N.H. -- The Diocese of Manchester will close the home of Roman Catholic Bishop John McCormack by June 30 as an expense-cutting move brought on in part by clerical sex abuse lawsuits.

-- From News Services