- The Washington Times - Thursday, November 16, 2000

Homosexual reservist loses dismissal appeal

PHOENIX An Army general yesterday rejected a state representative's appeal of the Army's dismissing him from his reserve unit after he said in a legislative debate that he is a homosexual.

Maj. Gen. John L. Scott, the commanding general of Rep. Steve May's unit, backed a military panel's recommendation to honorably discharge the lieutenant for breaking the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy.

In a letter released yesterday, Maj. Gen. Scott said he also took into consideration an appeal from Mr. May, who is a Republican, which included a letter signed by 108 members of Congress.

U.S. indicts fugitive in Olympic bombing

Fugitive Eric Rudolph was indicted yesterday for the bombing at the 1996 Olympics that killed one woman and injured more than 120 people, as well as two other Atlanta-area explosions and a deadly Alabama abortion clinic bombing.

Justice Department officials said a federal grand jury in Atlanta handed up a 21-count indictment charging Rudolph, 34, with the powerful pipe-bomb attack on July 27, 1996, at the Centennial Olympic Park.

Lawmakers want review of electoral system

Two congressmen yesterday proposed a broad review of the U.S. electoral process.

Reps. Peter A. DeFazio, Oregon Democrat, and Jim Leach, Iowa Republican, introduced legislation to form a bipartisan 12-member commission to recommend how best to ensure the integrity of future elections.

The panel would look into such issues as the Electoral College, voter registration, mail-in balloting, voting technology, ballot design, weekend voting and campaign finance reform.

DNA evidence leads to indictment in killings

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. A man was accused yesterday of three sex killings going back to 1987 after investigators used new DNA technology to link the crimes.

Patrick Baxter, 31, is accused of killing a 14-year-old girl in 1987, a 19-year-old woman in 1988 and a 25-year-old woman in 1990.

DNA evidence from semen was recovered at each crime scene in Westchester County, but the cases had not been linked because the DNA sample from the 1987 scene was too small to be tested until recently.

Letourneau's teen lover sentenced in car theft

SEATTLE A teen-ager who fathered two children with former teacher Mary Kay Letourneau has pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of attempting to steal a car.

Vili Fualaau, 17, was sentenced Tuesday to six months of probation and 16 hours of community service, which could include counseling. He must also pay a $100 fine.

Letourneau is serving a seven-year, five-month prison sentence for second-degree child rape.

Judge bans monument from courthouse lawn

INDIANAPOLIS A federal judge on Tuesday ordered county officials to remove a monument inscribed with the Ten Commandments from the courthouse lawn.

U.S. District Judge Sarah Evans Barker gave officials in Lawrence County, about 80 miles southwest of Indianapolis, five days to remove the monument, saying that if it failed to do so it would be fined $1,000 a day.

Photographer sues Streisand over jailing

LOS ANGELES A free-lance photographer has sued Barbra Streisand over his arrest earlier this year on suspicion of stalking her, accusing the singer of conspiring to have him jailed.

Miss Streisand issued a statement yesterday denying she ever "requested his incarceration."

Wendell Wall, 28, was arrested in January and spent three nights in jail in lieu of a $1 million bond before prosecutors dismissed the case on grounds there was a "lack of evidence of a credible threat."

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