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February 14, 2002

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Colorado: Ex-Enron chief's home sells for $10 million

Former Enron chief Kenneth Lay and his wife have sold their Aspen house for $10 million, the highest price per square foot that real estate agents can remember in this haven for the rich and famous.

Bradley Bell, executive producer of the CBS soap opera "The Bold and the Beautiful," paid the equivalent of $3,330 a square foot, according to the deed.

"The highest price any home has ever sold here before is around $1,260 a square foot," real estate broker Heidi Houston said.

Delaware: Lesbian may be liable for child support

A lesbian being sued by her former partner for child support should be considered a parent even though she and the boy have no biological connection, a court commissioner in Wilmington has ruled.

Both women should be considered mothers to the 4-year-old boy they chose to have through in-vitro fertilization, Family Court Commissioner John Carrow said .

The decision, handed down Feb. 5, was made public this week. If it is upheld on appeal, it will set a precedent in Delaware by expanding who can be held legally responsible for caring for a child, experts said.

San Francisco: Father in neglect case linked to another death

A man charged with murder in the apparent starvation death of his 19-month-old son had an infant daughter who died mysteriously 12 years ago.

The earlier death raised suspicion because the body of the 2-month-old girl was kept at home for three days. The mother told police she didn't immediately report the death "since it takes that length of time for the soul to leave the body," a coroner's report said.

San Francisco police investigated, but authorities listed the girl's cause of death only as "sudden death in infancy" and said she had no apparent injuries. No criminal charges were filed against Winnfred Wright or the girl's mother, who later left Wright.

Wright later moved his family from San Francisco to suburban Marin County, where the group grew to four women and 13 children before another child died in November.

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