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Jimmy Swaggart steps down, temporarily

Published Oct. 14, 2005

Television evangelist Jimmy Swaggart, who allegedly picked up a prostitute last week in California, is temporarily relinquishing leadership of his ministry, his son said Tuesday. Donnie Swaggart told ministry employees at the Swaggart Family Worship Center that he will temporarily be head administrator of Jimmy Swaggart Ministries while his father undergoes professional counseling and medical care. After "a time of healing and counseling . . . Dad will once again assume the pulpit at Family Worship Center," he said.Commission: Police need better training

MILWAUKEE _ Police have discriminated against minorities and homosexuals and need sensitivity training, a mayoral commission that studied officers' handling of the Jeffrey L. Dahmer murder case reported Tuesday. The commission said it found instances in which officers displayed "racist and homophobic attitudes," selectively enforced laws and dismissed minority residents' complaints or testimony. Dahmer, 31, admitted killing 17 young men, most of them in Wisconsin. The Milwaukee police department was bitterly criticized after it was disclosed that officers had ignored black neighbors' complaints about Dahmer, who is white, and failed to arrest him after he was found with a naked, incoherent Laotian boy in May. Police had believed the two were homosexual partners.

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Medfly spraying begins: California crews have begun spraying malathion bait by hand in the Koreatown area of Los Angeles to wipe out what is believed to be a small Mediterranean fruit fly infestation as officials considered how to respond to the discovery of a second fly.

7-million visa applications tossed: About 7-million applications from aliens for immigrant visas arrived too early to be considered for a lottery program, the State Department said Tuesday. Department spokesman Richard Boucher said 19-million pieces of mail were received.

Toll in '89 earthquake lowered to 63: The number of people killed in the Oct. 17, 1989, earthquake that devastated Northern California has been lowered from 67 to 63. The change came when county coroners decided some of the deaths initially blamed on the earthquake would have happened anyway, a spokeswoman said.