Lobbyist Abramoff starts jail sentence

Lobbyist Jack Abramoff has started his six-year jail term. Abramoff pleaded guilty in January to bribery charges, but his sentence was delayed until Wednesday so he could assist federal authorities investigating lawmakers and administration officials alleged to have taken his bribes. An Orthodox Jew who allegedly diverted fraudulently obtained funds to favored Jewish charities, Abramoff sent his final e-mail to friends before dawn, when he left home to report to the prison. "I have learned more lessons in the past three years than I have my whole life," he wrote, "and I am hoping that my family and I can see the good in G-d's plan for us during these times, and gain strength from it." • JTA