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CONTENTS AUGUST 4, 2000

Click.  TWO PEOPLE MURDERED EXECUTION-STYLE IN MARIN COUNTY.

Click. Mike McNulty to Danforth - HOW CAN YOU BE 100% CERTAIN?

Click. EUROPEAN UNION SUES MICROSOFT.

Click. California Child support duties transferred from D.A. to local agencies.

Click. A rare virus, never before known to infect people in North America, has killed an Alameda County girl and probably two other Californians in the past 14 months.


TWO PEOPLE MURDERED EXECUTION-STYLE IN MARIN COUNTY.

Mike McNulty to Danforth - HOW CAN YOU BE 100% CERTAIN?

EUROPEAN UNION SUES MICROSOFT.

California Child support duties transferred from D.A. to local agencies.

A rare virus, never before known to infect people in North America, has killed an Alameda County girl and probably two other Californians in the past 14 months.

INTERPOL AND THE FBI EXPLAIN THEIR CYBERCRIME STRATEGIES. Click.

ARE THOSE WHO LEAK INFO ABOUT GOV'T CORRUPTION, ROBIN HOODS OF THE DIGITAL AGE OR CRIMINALS? Click.

SKY SHOW AT UC DAVIS ON SATURDAY. Click.

FRANCISCAN FRIARS PAY 1.7 MILLION TO SETTLE MOLEST SUIT. (The Friars minor are required to obtain their daily food by donations and take a vow of poverty.) Click.

FIND YOUR INNER CHIMP. Click.

SCHOOL, OTHERS, NOT LIABLE FOR THE PADUCAH SCHOOL MURDERS. The parents of the three girls say their legal setbacks show that the courts are turning their backs on the schoolhouse tragedies. ``They just want to be like an ostrich and pretend it will all go away,'' said Sabrina Steger. Her daughter, Kayce, was killed in the shooting when Carneal fired into a prayer group at Heath High School on Dec. 1, 1997.[Beginning of the legal systems' lone nut school shooter propaganda.] Click.


Predawn Killings Stun Rural Marin Town. Famed musician's ex-wife, beau slain in area's first homicides in 14 years.

© San Francisco Examiner 8/4/00

The former wife of blues guitarist Elvin Bishop was shot to death with her boyfriend early yesterday morning in Woodacre, a tranquil community in Marin County's San Geronimo Valley.

Neighbors heard six to eight gunshots ring out about 5 a.m. and a vehicle speeding away. The victims, Jennifer Villarin, 45, and a middle-age man, were house-sitting at Villarin's daughter's studio apartment on Redwood Drive.

``I heard a car pretty early whipping down the road,'' said Duncan Draper, who lives two doors down from the studio and was buying stocks on the Internet at the time of the shooting. ``This is the kind of place where people leave their doors unlocked. If you can't be safe in Woodacre, where can you be safe?''

The last homicide in the San Geronimo Valley was in 1986, when a 70-year-old woman was raped and murdered by a local teenager.

Investigators said they had several leads in yesterday's killings and have at least one person they want to talk to, but would not elaborate. They have assigned at least six deputies to work on the case.

``We don't think it was random,'' said Marin County Undersheriff Dennis Finnegan. ``We think there was probably a motive. But at this time, we don't know what it was.''

Villarin and the man were in bed and were likely sleeping when they were shot, said Sheriff's Capt. Tom McMains. Authorities are not releasing the man's name until his family members have been notified.

Finnegan said detectives would comb the apartment for evidence until late into the night. During the day, a sheriff's helicopter flew over the area looking for clues and dogs searched the property.

UNCERTAIN MOTIVE

Investigators have ruled out robbery, but are looking at many possibilities, McMains said.

Stunned friends up and down the picturesque valley speculated on what might have happened, many believing that Villarin's death may have been a case of mistaken identify.

Villarin was house-sitting the apartment while her daughter was camping with a friend in Yosemite.

Detectives would not comment on the theory of mistaken identity.

Villarin's daughter, Selina Bishop, rented the downstairs apartment from a couple who live on the top level of the home, investigators said. Bishop is the daughter of Elvin Bishop, who, according to police, was married to Villarin 20 years ago and has since remarried.

BISHOP OUT OF TOWN

Bishop, 57, is on tour in Central California and won't be home until today, said his wife, Cara, when reached at their home yesterday evening in neighboring Lagunitas. She hadn't heard of the killings and was stunned near-silent by the news.

``Oh, gosh, that's terrible. . . . I'd better let Elvin know if I can get a hold of him,'' was all she could say for several moments.

Bishop, a nationally lauded blues guitarist, briefly hit pop stardom in 1976 with his band's chart-topping song, ``Fooled Around and Fell in Love.'' He also wrote a song titled ``Jennifer'' for Villarin, co-workers said.

A FRIEND TO ALL

``She was like a sister,'' said Roxanne Weber. ``She doesn't drink and she doesn't take drugs. She works her butt off. I've lived here for 40 years and nothing like this has ever happened.''

Weber said Villarin and her boyfriend had been together for a year and were saving money for a Mexican cruise. Villarin occasionally worked at the Nicasio General Store, waitressed at a nearby inn and tended bar at the Paper Mill Creek Saloon.

``It had to be a case of mistaken identity,'' Weber said. ``Jenny is the kindest-hearted person you'll ever know. She'll give you the shirt off her back. This is so distressingly sick. I can't believe it.''

Investigators interviewed workers at the saloon and at the Two Bird Cafe, where Villarin's daughter is a waitress. According to one employee there, who asked not to be named, a man claiming to be Selina Bishop's boyfriend called at 6 a.m. asking for her. She and her boyfriend weren't scheduled to be back at the cafe until today, said her co-workers.

MOURNING BEGINS

Last night, patrons, friends and co-workers gathered to memorialize the couple at the rustic, country bar where Villarin served drinks and touched the hearts of the regulars.

They said Villarin's boyfriend was a gentle giant, who stood 6 feet 4 inches tall and weighed about 240 pounds. He liked to play pool, they said, and he loved to gamble.

``He would give Jenny and friends $200 each to gamble with when they went to Reno,'' said Bill Mulloy, a friend of the couple. ``He'd come down here and buy a round for the house. We're all in major shock.''

Mulloy said he once took Villarin to the hospital when she injured herself trying to build a fire in the bar's pot-bellied stove.

``She bought me free beers after that for a year,'' he said. ``Sometimes she worked 20 hours a day just to live in this county.''

Bonnie Kyle, Villarin's friend of 28 years and godmother to her daughter, sat in the bar and wept.

``I loved her very much.''

E-mail Peter Fimrite at [email protected], Stacy Finz at finzs sfgate.com, and Kevin Fagan at fagan sfgate.com.

 

 

 

The former wife of blues guitarist Elvin Bishop was shot to death with her boyfriend early yesterday morning in Woodacre, a tranquil community in Marin County's San Geronimo Valley.

Neighbors heard six to eight gunshots ring out about 5 a.m. and a vehicle speeding away. The victims, Jennifer Villarin, 45, and a middle-age man, were house-sitting at Villarin's daughter's studio apartment on Redwood Drive.

``I heard a car pretty early whipping down the road,'' said Duncan Draper, who lives two doors down from the studio and was buying stocks on the Internet at the time of the shooting. ``This is the kind of place where people leave their doors unlocked. If you can't be safe in Woodacre, where can you be safe?''

The last homicide in the San Geronimo Valley was in 1986, when a 70-year-old woman was raped and murdered by a local teenager.

Investigators said they had several leads in yesterday's killings and have at least one person they want to talk to, but would not elaborate. They have assigned at least six deputies to work on the case.

``We don't think it was random,'' said Marin County Undersheriff Dennis Finnegan. ``We think there was probably a motive. But at this time, we don't know what it was.''

Villarin and the man were in bed and were likely sleeping when they were shot, said Sheriff's Capt. Tom McMains. Authorities are not releasing the man's name until his family members have been notified.

Finnegan said detectives would comb the apartment for evidence until late into the night. During the day, a sheriff's helicopter flew over the area looking for clues and dogs searched the property.

UNCERTAIN MOTIVE

 

Investigators have ruled out robbery, but are looking at many possibilities, McMains said.

Stunned friends up and down the picturesque valley speculated on what might have happened, many believing that Villarin's death may have been a case of mistaken identify.

Villarin was house-sitting the apartment while her daughter was camping with a friend in Yosemite.

Detectives would not comment on the theory of mistaken identity.

Villarin's daughter, Selina Bishop, rented the downstairs apartment from a couple who live on the top level of the home, investigators said. Bishop is the daughter of Elvin Bishop, who, according to police, was married to Villarin 20 years ago and has since remarried.

BISHOP OUT OF TOWN

 

Bishop, 57, is on tour in Central California and won't be home until today, said his wife, Cara, when reached at their home yesterday evening in neighboring Lagunitas. She hadn't heard of the killings and was stunned near-silent by the news.

``Oh, gosh, that's terrible. . . . I'd better let Elvin know if I can get a hold of him,'' was all she could say for several moments.

Bishop, a nationally lauded blues guitarist, briefly hit pop stardom in 1976 with his band's chart-topping song, ``Fooled Around and Fell in Love.'' He also wrote a song titled ``Jennifer'' for Villarin, co-workers said.

A FRIEND TO ALL

 

``She was like a sister,'' said Roxanne Weber. ``She doesn't drink and she doesn't take drugs. She works her butt off. I've lived here for 40 years and nothing like this has ever happened.''

Weber said Villarin and her boyfriend had been together for a year and were saving money for a Mexican cruise. Villarin occasionally worked at the Nicasio General Store, waitressed at a nearby inn and tended bar at the Paper Mill Creek Saloon.

``It had to be a case of mistaken identity,'' Weber said. ``Jenny is the kindest-hearted person you'll ever know. She'll give you the shirt off her back. This is so distressingly sick. I can't believe it.''

Investigators interviewed workers at the saloon and at the Two Bird Cafe, where Villarin's daughter is a waitress. According to one employee there, who asked not to be named, a man claiming to be Selina Bishop's boyfriend called at 6 a.m. asking for her. She and her boyfriend weren't scheduled to be back at the cafe until today, said her co-workers.

MOURNING BEGINS

 

Last night, patrons, friends and co-workers gathered to memorialize the couple at the rustic, country bar where Villarin served drinks and touched the hearts of the regulars.

They said Villarin's boyfriend was a gentle giant, who stood 6 feet 4 inches tall and weighed about 240 pounds. He liked to play pool, they said, and he loved to gamble.

``He would give Jenny and friends $200 each to gamble with when they went to Reno,'' said Bill Mulloy, a friend of the couple. ``He'd come down here and buy a round for the house. We're all in major shock.''

Mulloy said he once took Villarin to the hospital when she injured herself trying to build a fire in the bar's pot-bellied stove.

``She bought me free beers after that for a year,'' he said. ``Sometimes she worked 20 hours a day just to live in this county.''

Bonnie Kyle, Villarin's friend of 28 years and godmother to her daughter, sat in the bar and wept.

``I loved her very much.''

E-mail Peter Fimrite at [email protected], Stacy Finz at finzs sfgate.com, and Kevin Fagan at fagan sfgate.com.

 

 


Alameda County Girl dies of rare virus; 2 other deaths probed.

By Chris Bowman © Sacramento Bee Staff Writer
(Published Aug. 4, 2000)

A rare virus, never before known to infect people in North America, has killed an Alameda County girl and probably two other Californians in the past 14 months, state health officials announced Thursday.

Tests showed the girl died of an arenavirus, which is believed to be transmitted to humans through inhalation of dust carrying the urine, feces or saliva of infected rodents, officials said.

The arenavirus is strongly suspected in the June death of a 30-year-old Orange County woman and in the death one year earlier of a 52-year-old woman in neighboring Riverside County.

The three cases were isolated and are not believed to be related, officials said.

All three victims complained of flu-like symptoms before being hospitalized with high fevers, internal bleeding and fluid buildup in their lungs, the officials said.

Rodent infections with the arenavirus have been documented in Southern California in the past few years, but human infections have been observed only in travelers returning from overseas and in laboratory personnel accidentally exposed while doing research, said Diana Bonta, the state health director.

Officials said the Alameda County girl was on life support for four months before her death in April. She was 14. The Southern California women died within a week of their hospitalizations.

Officials do not believe the disease is communicable; neither members of the victims' families nor health care workers who treated them have contracted the virus.

The state Department of Health Services alerted physicians statewide Thursday to be on the lookout for similar symptoms and to report to public health authorities any suspected cases, either pending or past.

"We could find that it has occurred in the past but was so rare that we never found it," said MicheleJay, a lead scientist in the state's investigation.

Investigators are trying to find out how the victims became infected by the virus and whether it is treatable. The antiviral agent Ribavirinhas been successfully used in the tropics for treatment of other arenavirus infections. Several arenaviruses known to cause mild to severe infection occur in West Africa and South America.

The best-known arenavirus is the Lassa strain, a deadly infection that has been found only in Africa. About 16 percent of its victims die. Even more deadly is the Machupo virus, which produces Brazilian hemorrhagic fever and kills 60 percent of victims.

State health officials believe this is the first discovery of a rodent-carrying disease in the United States since 1993, when a U.S. strain of hantavirus was found in the "Four Corners" region of the Southwest. The outbreak killed at least 26 people. Since then, 191 cases of hantavirus have been diagnosed, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control.

The arenavirus strain found in the California deaths is called the Whitewater Arroyo virus, so named after the place in New Mexico where it was found in wood rats four years ago, Jay said.

The discovery prompted Southern California health officials to begin looking for the virus. Several of the woodrats they have trapped have tested positive for antibodies of the virus, Jay said.

Woodrats, also known as packrats, are found mostly in rural and suburban areas. They build large nests out of sticks and other debris in trees and on the ground.

Doctors who treated the three California victims were exasperated in their search for a cause and cure, Jay said.

"The workup on these patients was extensive," she said. "They were tested for many different bacteria and viruses -- from influenza all the way to the hantavirus."

Details in the death of the Riverside County woman led scientists to suspect a rodent virus, Jay said.

The autopsy indicated that the woman had bled internally, a tell-tale sign of an arenavirus at work. In a deathbed interview, she recalled cleaning up rodent droppings. And that exposure occurred in an area where vector control workers had found woodrats infected with the virus.

"Those are the pieces that came together that made us look for it," Jay said

Charles Folhurst, a scientist at the University of Texas Medical Branchin Galveston isolated and identified the Whitewater Arroyo virus in a specimen from the Alameda County patient, Jay said.

The virus was detected in the bodies of the two other victims through testing of virus genes, which all but confirms it was the culprit.

Few laboratories in the United States are equipped to test for the Whitewater Arroyo virus, Jay said. California health officials are scrambling to establish the tests, she said.


California Child support duties transferred from D.A. to local agencies.
System has been in chaos for years.
By Josh Richman, Oakland Tribune Staff Writer

Contra Costa and San Francisco will be among the first 11 counties to transfer child support services from their district attorneys' offices to new local agencies as required by laws passed last year.

These "pioneer" counties must make the switch by the end of 2000, according to the newly created state Department of Child Support Services. Alameda, San Mateo and San Joaquin counties have much more time -- they need not make the switch until the end of 2002.

"It should be a very smooth transition," predicted Contra Costa County Senior Deputy District Attorney Gayle Graham. "We don't have a lot of the issues a lot of other counties have because our Family Support Division has always been handled separately from the criminal division."

There's no staff overlap, she said, and the division has had its own building and budget for years. County supervisors are expected to officially create the county's new family support agency this month and start seeking a director.

"I'm going to leave and the attorneys are going to leave and everyone else remains the same and does the same stuff," Graham said, adding the new agency will hire its own lawyers.

The state's child support situation has been in chaos for years.

By some estimates, the system collected only $1 of every $10 owed, money that in many cases would buy basic needs for more than three million California children. Total uncollected support has been estimated at up to $13 billion.

Some counties seemed to perform better than others, but because counties used different methods, coordinating efforts and comparing results was impossible. And the state spent more than $170 million on a child support computer system that never worked.

Last year, legislators passed a package of laws taking child support out of district attorneys' hands and requiring counties to create separate new agencies specifically to handle this work. The new laws also created a state Department of Child Support Services to oversee and coordinate the counties' efforts.

Many prosecutors opposed the change. Some counties' family support efforts were floundering, they acknowledged, but others did well.

Having a prosecutor's authority made coordinating with probation departments, tax offices and other county agencies easier, they claimed, and provided the legal muscle to make enforcement efforts stick.

Even in the counties with two years to go, officials are laying the groundwork.

"We have staff people who are working very closely with the state to ensure that the transition for our county is a smooth one," said San Mateo County Deputy District Attorney Trinidad Madrigal.

Alameda County Family Support Division administrators couldn't be reached for comment Thursday.

© 2000 by MediaNews Group, Inc. and ANG Newspapers


Gates brands EU legal move 'dumb'
By Stephanie Bentley © 2000 Daily Express, London
http://www.lineone.net/express/00/08/04/city/c0100splash-d.html

The European Union launched an anti-monopoly case against Microsoft yesterday just as chairman Bill Gates blasted the legal offensive against his company as "worse than dumb" and a conspiracy hatched by the competition.

The EU said it was looking into allegations that "Microsoft breached EU anti-trust rules by engaging in discriminatory licensing and by refusing to supply essential information on its Windows operating system".

The allegations, which involve software made for computer servers, are similar to those which led to a US judge branding the company an "abusive monopoly" and ordering it be split up three months ago.

The case rested on evidence that Microsoft used its dominance in computer operating systems to force installation of its Internet browser and other add-on software.

"We will not tolerate the extension of existing dominance into adjacent markets through the leveraging of market power by anti-competitive means," EU Competition Commissioner Mario Monti said.

"All companies that want to do business in the European Union must play by its rules and I'm determined to act for their rigorous enforcement."

This is the second EU case under investigation against Microsoft. In February, the EU opened a case involving Microsoft's Windows 2000 software.

Gates, who has vigorously denied his company has abused its power over consumers, told the Internet magazine "Red Herring" that the case against him was "not dumb. This is worse than dumb. This is malicious".

He attributed the case to "very dangerous ... political correctness" at the US Department of Justice and rivals Larry Ellison of Oracle Corp, Scott McNealy of Sun Microsystems and Steve Case of AOL. "I mean, those are the primary billionaires who have been behind this thing from the beginning," Gates said.Gates, who is known for his temper tantrums within the company, had been projecting a tempered reaction to the case in public, underscored by television commercials in which he calmly urged consumers to focus instead on Microsoft's accomplishments in technology.


Mike McNulty to Danforth - HOW CAN YOU BE 100% CERTAIN?
by Mike McNulty © 2000 Wednesday, 02-Aug-2000 15:43:00
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~Waco Tragedy News Exclusive~

A few days ago the first words I heard fall from former Senator Jack Danforth's lips about his Waco investigation were, "We are 100% certain about our conclusions." Having spent countless, frustrating hours over the last seven years trying to find anything approaching 100% certainty on any of the issues surrounding the Waco tragedy - I'm afraid the good Senators words rang rather hollow. Perhaps 100% empty.
I perceived and dug into Danforth's report of conclusions on the Waco affair.

There was precious little in the way of evidence, just a tremendous amount of material where Danforth says, in effect, " I'm Jack Danforth, trust me, the Davidians killed themselves , started the fire and shot their children to death... the government didn't have anything to do with this." Well, OK, but Jack where is the evidence that you said you had? Why are you going to share that information after the elections? Why not now? Why are there so many factual errors in your report like the number of times you say I visited the evidence lockers in Austin with the Texas Rangers? Jack, it was only 4
times , not six. But more important, why did you say that there was no evidence of blast injury to the persons found in the "bunker"? The autopsies spell out the fact that the babies and some of the young women in the food storage locker died of blunt force trauma, the concrete from the hole in the ceiling tore their bodies apart. Jack have you looked at the pictures of the children's remains and the video tape of their removal? Their was a device on the roof of the bunker. It did detonate. It was not just a Davidian home made, black powder , fragmentation grenade exploding on a weakened concrete ceiling. It was a high explosive charge that blew a 20 inch hole thru about
eight inches of still viable , steel re-enforced concrete. The detonation can be seen on the TV footage and then, after the high explosive detonation one can see the ignition of the air and propane mixture, already in the atmosphere. Please note that the area of the concrete storage room that received the hole in it was exposed to the heat of the fire for mere minutes before the explosion detonated on the roof. It was simply not enough time to sufficiently weaken the concrete to allow the omni-directional force of a
weak, homemade fragmentation grenade to create the kind of over-pressure in
the room that is seen in the photos made by the FBI in the aftermath of the fire. Jack, that's only one of many points that you are not 100% accurate on. Another appears to be the issue of the alleged FBI gun fire on April the 19th. It appears that your folks failed to read the depositions of your experts in the Davidian trial. They seem to have over looked the fact that your experts were cut to pieces by Mike Caddell, the Davidians attorney in the civil case. Any one not carrying the weighty mantel of total arrogance that you seem to bare, and who read those depositions could not come away with a feeling of 100% of anything but doubt. There are many more questions then there are answers in your report. The one that disturbs me the most is why you released this inadequate, incomplete and inaccurate piece of bluster at the moment of Bush's decision on his VP choice? Jack, now that we know that Mr. Bush had the good sense to pick someone else as his running mate, will we see you enter the Justice
Department as Ms. Reno departs? Well, if that doesn't work out , maybe you
can join Roger Ebert in his balcony as a film critique. I understand you have
some experience in that line, but I'm not sure Mr. Ebert would have enough
room up their for your "100% certainty."
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As best as I can find it was Bernard Rapoport who sells all the life insurance to Teamsters Union members and is of course connected to the Chicago Mafia, Dan
Rostenkowski, Hillary Clinton, Hubbell, Dan Lasater, Mochtar Riady, John Huang, the Chinese Communist and the whole Opium-China-CIA connection going back I guess
to the Boxer rebellion. [snip]

http://www.konformist.com/vault/wacodrug.htm

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WACO POLL - APFN
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WACO ~ One of the Biggest "Federal Lies" of All Time
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APFN WACO PAGE AND LINKS:
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DANFORTH SAYS DAVIDIANS TO BLAME GOVERNMENT DID NO WRONG!
SEE THE REPORT IN PDF FORMAT AT
http://www.allsouthwest.com/waco/IntRpt.pdf
http://www.allsouthwest.com/waco/Order.pdf (Note: link problem.)

WACO SIEGE
http://www.apfn.org/apfn/wacosiege.htm

WACO, TEXAS RANGERS REPORT AND INFO:
http://www.txdps.state.tx.us/director_staff/public_information/branch_davidian/index.htm

THE WACO SEARCH WARRANT AND THE DECLINE OF THE FOURTH AMENDMENT
http://i2i.org/SuptDocs/Waco/warrant.htm

Take a moment to picture this...
http://www.apfn.org/apfn/wacot.htm

Wake Up, America!
http://www.apfn.org/apfn/wakeup.htm

Legal basis for the alleged warrant
http://www.apfn.org/apfn/warrant1.htm

Torching the Constitution
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The due process clause of the Constitution, however, demands reasonable specificity in criminal prohibitions to enable a citizen to conform to the law. As the Supreme Court amplified in Connally vs. General Construction Co. (1926): "A statute which either forbids or requires the doing of an act in terms so vague that men and women of common intelligence must necessarily guess at its meaning and differ as to its application, violates the first essential of due process of law."
[snip]
http://www.washtimes.com/commentary/commentary-200081171719.htm