- The Washington Times - Friday, October 13, 2000

Commission urges more cops on Internet

Local and federal governments need to spend significantly more money to train police and prosecutors to hunt down Internet predators in cyberspace and shut down Web sites containing child pornography, a congressional commission recommends.

The commission also called for law-enforcement agencies to create a master list of Internet sites that contain child pornography. The Associated Press obtained a copy of the Child Online Protection Act commission's recommendations, which will be sent to Congress on Oct. 21.

U.S. expects return to colder winters

Federal meteorologists announced yesterday that the recent string of record warm winters experienced by the United States may be over, and they forecast a return to normal colder temperatures for the upcoming season.

"We've probably forgotten over the last three years what a normal winter is like. With La Nina and El Nino out of the way, normal winter weather has a chance to return to the U.S. this year," said D. James Baker, who heads the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

In its winter outlook, NOAA forecast that the Northeast region could see average temperatures 4 degrees colder than during the last three winters.

L.A. County workers put strike on hold

LOS ANGELES Thousands of striking Los Angeles County employees returned to work yesterday, heeding a plea from the archbishop on behalf of "the poorest and most vulnerable" people in the community.

Union leaders representing 47,000 county workers put the day-old walkout on hold Wednesday night as lines grew in hospital waiting rooms and ambulances were diverted to private clinics.

The union acted after an appeal from Cardinal Roger Mahony, head of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.

Civil rights funding steadily decreasing

Funding and staffing for the six major federal civil rights enforcement agencies dropped steadily during the past five years, according to a report by the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights.

According to the report obtained by the Associated Press yesterday, the number of full-time employees in those six agencies dropped by 10 percent between 1994 and 1999.

McVeigh denied new trial

DENVER A federal judge yesterday denied a request from convicted Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh for a new trial on several grounds, including an allegation that his chief defense lawyer was ineffective.

"The court is convinced that Timothy McVeigh received a fair trial before an impartial jury that convicted him on overwhelming evidence of guilt of the crimes charged and then set his sentence at death in a calm and reasonable exercise of their authority representing the conscience of the community," U.S. District Judge Richard Matsch wrote.

McVeigh, 32, was convicted for the 1995 bombing of the Oklahoma City federal building that killed 168 persons.

Detroit woman dies of meningitis

DETROIT A 57-year-old woman yesterday became the fourth area person in a month to die of bacterial meningitis.

Three children also have died of the ailment, an inflammation of the membranes around the brain and spinal cord.

TV blackout looms for space mission

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. Discovery's high-profile space station construction mission may face a TV blackout because of a malfunctioning shuttle antenna.

Without warning, the shuttle's main antenna began sending down garbled data and blurred TV images yesterday.

Astronauts tried to solve the problem, but officials weren't optimistic it could be fixed before the 11-day mission ends.

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