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Human Race | But Dr. Death refuses to take some of his own medicine

Issue: "Goodbye again," June 9, 2007

Jack Kevorkian helped over 130 people to their deaths and championed euthanasia via push-button mechanics that allowed patients to take their own lives using poison gas or lethal drugs. Eventually his work landed him in jail, and the 79-year-old pathologist, due to be released June 1, has been serving a 10-to-25-year prison sentence for one "assisted suicide" case the court ruled second-degree murder in 1999.

Look for Kevorkian, widely known as "Dr. Death," to sound off on an early edition of 60 Minutes. Don't look for him to take some of his own medicine.

Kevorkian, according to his attorney, has high blood pressure, hepatitis C, and heart and lung disease, and he has been described as "terminally ill." For lesser crimes of decay the good doctor helped others to their eternal destiny. He also pledged to go on a hunger strike if convicted and sent to prison, and starve himself to death-yet didn't. He has promised to continue his crusade for euthanasia and assisted suicide, according to friends and corrections officials. As Hamlet might say, he may speak daggers to others, but uses none.

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Camp Casey is up for sale. And Cindy Sheehan, the "face" of the anti-war movement, has resigned. She became a household name after her son, Army Specialist Casey Sheehan, 24, was killed in 2004 when his unit came under fire in Baghdad. In August 2005 she staged a month-long sit-in at "Camp Casey" outside the president's ranch in Crawford, Texas, and demanded an audience with Bush-an invitation he declined.

Despite counter-protests from other parents of soldiers killed in the war, Sheehan won excessive air time, thanks to financial backing from MoveOn.org and image-burnishing courtesy of a high-gloss PR firm backed by liberal activist Ben Cohen of Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream. At one point Sheehan even considered a run for public office. But then the public moved on, including her fan base. Sheehan, disillusioned by congressional reauthorization of war funding last month, sent "letters of resignation" to the liberal DailyKos blog and the Democratic Party on Memorial Day-also a day marking her son's 28th birthday. She wrote, "I am going to take whatever I have left and go home."

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ANGLICANS: Two names failed to make the invitation list of Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams to the upcoming Lambeth Conference, a who's-who gathering of the worldwide Anglican Communion that happens once a decade: partnered gay bishop V. Gene Robinson and Martyn Minns, the newly consecrated missionary bishop to North America from the communion's largest province, Nigeria. Williams said he excluded them from his list of 850 global church leaders because both are at the centerof a controversy over ordination of homosexuals and could disrupt the gathering. Williams later acknowledged that Robinson might be invited as a guest-apparently preferring to risk losing the global south churches who support Minns' orthodoxy over the North American paying liberal elites.

PATRICK HENRY COLLEGE: When a dispute at Patrick Henry College last year led to the departure of a group of professors amid controversy as to whether their views were nonbiblical, three professors in theologically conservative Presbyterian denominations-David Noe, Robert Stacey, and Kevin Culberson-went to their regional presbyteries (conferences of elders) and asked to have their views examined. The presbyteries found all three to be biblically orthodox in their views.

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