Seattle U. Releases ID of Accused Priest

Seattle Times
October 11, 2006

Seattle University on Tuesday released the name of a Jesuit and former professor, Englebert Axer, who has been accused of child sex abuse.

Axer, who died in 1989, is accused of abusing a minor in 1956 during a summer ministry in Northern California.

Axer taught at Seattle University from 1956 to 1987. The university said it removed his name from an endowed chair in the philosophy department, where, according to an old posting on Seattle University's Web site, Axer specialized in ethics.

Another former Seattle University philosophy professor, the late Michael Toulouse, has also been accused of child sex abuse.

Seattle University has established a confidential telephone number, staffed by a representative from the school's counseling and psychological services, for people to report abuse. The number is 206-296-6272.


Student hurt by blast remains in hospital

A Snohomish High School student remains hospitalized at Providence Everett Medical Center with a serious leg injury after a ceremonial cannon exploded before a football game Friday night.

A Snohomish School District spokeswoman said the teenage boy has undergone multiple operations to his leg, but she couldn't say whether the injury was caused by flying debris or the blast from the cannon.

Four other students standing on the sidelines received minor injuries and were treated at Veterans Memorial Stadium, where the Snohomish Panthers played the Everett Seagulls.

The small, ceremonial cannon has been used for years by the school and is fired before home games and after touchdowns by members of the school's Marine Corps Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps. The school district has sent the cannon to a lab for testing.


Libertarian will be in candidate debate

Libertarian candidate Bruce Guthrie will be allowed in the only televised debate between U.S. Senate candidates in Western Washington.

The debate, sponsored by The Seattle Times, KING-TV and the Seattle City Club, will be held Oct. 17.

According to rules established by KING-TV, candidates could be included in the exchange if they met certain criteria, including raising money. Fundraising is an "indicator of seriousness of purpose and public support," the rules say.

Earlier this month, Guthrie announced he was loaning his campaign the exact amount needed to be invited, about $1.1 million. He had already raised $31,000.

His campaign manager did not respond to requests for comment on Tuesday.


Gates Foundation aids charter schools

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is spending $30 million to help build 200 new charter schools for low-income students around the country.

The grant to the NewSchools Venture Fund, announced this week, is the foundation's second donation to the organization that supports nonprofit charter-management organizations, which start and run charter schools, said foundation spokesman Eli Yim.

A $22 million Gates grant in 2003 gave NewSchools the money to help create five new charter-management organizations. This year's grant will help support up to 20 charter networks that are expected to start 200 schools and eventually educate 100,000 students.

San Francisco

Court backs fine in banned visits to Iraq

A Seattle man who traveled to Iraq nine times to deliver medicines during the 1990-2003 international embargo was properly fined more then $13,000, a U.S. appeals court ruled Tuesday.

Bertram Sacks visited Iraq and broke the embargo nine times to deliver humanitarian aid between 1996 and the start of the U.S.-led war there. He sued in federal court after he was assessed a $10,000 fine, a sum that later rose to $13,767.08 with interest and late fees. A three-judge panel of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals backed the travel-ban regulations and the fine.


Coalition seeks salmon-plan review

A regional coalition of fish conservationists went to court Tuesday in Seattle to try to force the federal government to re-evaluate its management of Puget Sound chinook salmon so more of the species can return to spawn.

The complaint filed in U.S. District Court says a salmon-harvest management plan approved in 2004 jeopardizes the recovery of chinook, which are listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act.

The Native Fish Society in Portland, the Salmon Spawning & Recovery Alliance, Washington Trout and the Clark-Skamania Flyfishers filed the lawsuit.

The groups are suing the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries Service and U.S. Fish and Wildlife over a plan developed by Washington state and Puget Sound tribes to guide salmon catches until 2010.

NOAA Fisheries contends the recovery of salmon populations was central to its consideration of the harvest plan.


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