- The Washington Times - Wednesday, October 18, 2000

First man pleads guilty in Central Park attacks

NEW YORK The first of the men charged in a series of sexual assaults on more than four dozen women in a daylight rampage in Central Park pleaded guilty yesterday to first-degree rioting.
Manuel Nunez, 18, of the Bronx was one of 30 men arrested in connection with the attacks on 53 women after the Puerto Rican Day parade in June.
Sexual abuse charges against Nunez were dropped in a plea deal with the Manhattan district attorney that cited his good school performance and lack of a prior record. He faces a maximum of six months in jail and five years probation when he is formally sentenced on Dec. 4.

'Combat' star kills himself

LOS ANGELES Actor Rick Jason, who starred as the tough infantry officer Lt. Gil Hanley on the 1960s television series "Combat," died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head at his home just outside of Los Angeles, authorities said yesterday.
He was 74 years old and had been depressed over personal matters, they added.
Mr. Jason was the second Hollywood actor to take his own life this month. Veteran character actor and stuntman Richard Farnsworth, a two-time Oscar nominee, shot himself to death at his home in New Mexico on Oct. 6. He had been diagnosed with terminal bone cancer.

Anchorman arrested on porn charge

SAN ANTONIO A San Antonio TV anchorman has been arrested and accused of buying photos of nude children.
Gerry Grant, the 41-year-old weekend anchorman at ABC affiliate KSAT, was released from jail yesterday on $100,000 bail. He was arrested Monday night at a motel and charged with possession of child pornography.
KSAT said Mr. Grant is on a leave of absence.

Regular Army headgear to be black berets

A black beret will become the standard headgear of the U.S. Army starting next year, replacing traditional green hats, the Army chief of staff announced yesterday.
Gen. Eric Shinseki said the new headgear, to be introduced in June next year, would be a symbol of the Army's transformation into a new, lighter, more nimble force for the 21st century.
Gen. Shinseki said special operations and airborne units would retain their own distinctive berets, green for special forces and maroon for paratroopers.

Focus on Family official resigns, admits affair

COLORADO SPRINGS A top official and radio announcer for Focus on the Family said he has resigned from the conservative Christian group because he had an extramarital affair.
Mike Trout abruptly quit last week. In an interview Monday with the Gazette, he admitted an "inappropriate relationship with a woman other than his wife and had no choice but to resign from a ministry that stresses the sanctity of marriage."

Transit strike ends in Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES Bus and subway drivers voted yesterday to end a monthlong transit strike that had stranded nearly a half-million regular commuters and hit particularly hard at Los Angeles' working poor.

Buses could be back on the streets as early as today, and subways could be back in service by tomorrow.

"Make no mistake about it, we won," the union's general chairman, James Williams, said in urging union members to accept the offer. The terms were not immediately released.

The 4,300 bus drivers and rail operators represented by the United Transportation Union walked out Sept. 16 against the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.

The breakthrough came after a marathon, all-night bargaining session assisted by the Rev. Jesse Jackson. "We had just about given up after all night long, then we were awakened this morning by some angel that blessed us out of somewhere with a fresh start, a fresh idea and we shared it with the MTA leadership," Mr. Jackson said.

Fugitive indicted in doctor's death

BUFFALO, N.Y. A federal grand jury yesterday indicted fugitive anti-abortion activist James Kopp in the 1998 sniper killing of an abortion provider.
The two-count indictment charges Mr. Kopp, 46, one of the FBI's Ten Most Wanted fugitives, with using deadly force to prevent Dr. Barnett Slepian from providing reproductive health service and using a firearm to commit a crime of violence.

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