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Funeral honors Carey's legacy

NEW YORK (AP) -- Politicians past and present paid tribute Thursday to former Gov. Hugh Carey at his funeral Mass in St. Patrick's Cathedral.

Carey, a Brooklyn Democrat who led New York out of an economic crisis as governor from 1975 to 1982 after serving seven terms in Congress, died Sunday at age 92.

Ex-Gov. Mario Cuomo called him "the most effective governor in our modern history."

Carey took office on Jan. 1, 1975, amid the worst economic climate since the Great Depression. New York City was nearing bankruptcy, threatening to bring the state down with it.

Declaring the "days of wine and roses are over," Carey took drastic action, seizing control of the city's finances and engineering more than $1 billion in state loans to bail out the city.



On lam for 40 years, man headed to prison

WHITE PLAINS (AP) -- A man who successfully avoided prosecution on rape charges by disappearing for 40 years is going to prison on a lesser charge.

Russell B. Pearce, 74, was sentenced Thursday to the maximum five years for fleeing his trial, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

He was charged in 1970 with repeatedly raping a 19-year-old woman in Fallsburg but skipped out on his Sullivan County Court appearance. He was captured last year in Pennsylvania. Court papers say he is ill with cancer and diabetes.

He pleaded guilty July 13 to fleeing prosecution. Prosecutors said they had to dismiss the rape case because the victim was incapacitated and much of the evidence no longer exists.



Killer of girl, 4, charged in 2nd slaying

ROCHESTER (AP) -- The convicted killer of a 4-year-old is now charged with another murder that took place six years earlier.

Mark Christie, 39, pleaded not guilty Thursday to killing Viola Manville, 74, in 1988.

Manville was bludgeoned while walking near her home in Hilton, a Rochester suburb.

Another man was initially convicted of killing Manville and served 18 years in prison until DNA evidence cleared him last year. Frank Sterling was freed as the evidence pointed to Christie.

Christie has been in prison since 1997 after he was convicted of strangling 4-year-old Kali Ann Poulton of Pittsford in 1994 and hiding her body for two years.