- The Washington Times - Friday, October 6, 2000

Giuliani denies racial profiling

NEW YORK Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani yesterday angrily denied reported Justice Department findings that an elite unit of the New York Police Department engaged in racial profiling while conducting an aggressive campaign of street searches.

The inquiry by federal prosecutors began after the 1999 shooting death of Amadou Diallo, an African immigrant killed by four members of the police department's Street Crime Unit. The officers, acquitted earlier this year, had said Mr. Diallo matched the description of a rape suspect.

In a 30-minute tirade at City Hall, Mr. Giuliani said if officers ignored the race of possible suspects, the city's crime rate would skyrocket, and he questioned the timing of the leak of the findings, coming one month before the November elections.

"There's obviously something going on in the Clinton administration to try to target police departments unfairly; but to target the NYPD is absurd," Mr. Giuliani said.

Baby cut from mom given to father

RAVENNA, Ohio A baby cut from his murdered mother's body by a woman who claimed the child as her own was returned to the bereaved father yesterday, police said.

Jon Andrews, a steel worker, took the healthy baby he has named Oscar home from a hospital, still mourning the death of his wife, Theresa, 23, in a bizarre murder case.

According to police, Michelle Bica, 39, shot Mrs. Andrews in the back late last week, then cut a crude incision in her belly and took the nearly full-term baby, burying the mother in a shallow grave under her garage.

Mrs. Bica committed suicide when police showed up at her home.

Judicial Watch entitled to Portals documents

A federal judge has ruled that Judicial Watch, a public-interest law firm, is entitled to documents from the General Services Administration concerning a $400 million Washington real estate project tied to Vice President Al Gore.

In an opinion handed down last week but made public yesterday, U.S. District Judge Ricardo Urbina disagreed with efforts by the GSA to block the release of documents concerning the Portals Project in Southwest Washington.

The project is owned by Tennessee businessman Franklin Haney, a longtime Gore supporter.

Negotiators strip out hate-crimes measure

Congressional negotiators stripped a measure to expand hate-crime protections for gays from a defense bill yesterday, leaving slim hope it can pass this year despite majority support in both chambers.

The hate-crimes measure, a top legislative priority for President Clinton, would expand federal hate-crime protections which now cover race, religion and national origin to crimes motivated by sexual orientation, gender or disability.

It was fiercely opposed by the Republican leadership in the Senate and House of Representatives, who refused to allow it to stay in the defense bill.

Discovery launch delayed by 24 hours

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. The launch of the space shuttle Discovery, slated for yesterday evening at Florida's Kennedy Space Center, has been pushed back by at least 24 hours while a possible technical problem is investigated, NASA spokesman David Steitz announced yesterday.

At the time of a shuttle's launch, the entire shuttle apparatus includes two solid rocket boosters. Two minutes after launch, the rocket boosters separate and are retrieved later from the sea.

In reviewing recordings of the space shuttle Atlantis' September mission, officials noted problems involving the separation of one of the shuttle's solid rocket boosters from the main apparatus, Mr. Steitz said.

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