- The Washington Times - Friday, September 1, 2000

FBI searches Lee home before release on bail

WHITE ROCK, N.M. FBI agents searched the home of Wen Ho Lee yesterday as the former Los Alamos National Laboratory scientist accused of security breaches waited in jail for his release today on bail.
"It's going to be a long day," FBI Special Agent Doug Beldon said. Numerous agents were searching Mr. Lee's White Rock home and weren't expected to finish until noon today, the judge's deadline for Mr. Lee's release after eight months behind bars.
U.S. District Judge James Parker on Tuesday proposed what he described as "highly restrictive terms" for Mr. Lee's release, including a search of the home, and ordered prosecution and defense attorneys to negotiate the final conditions.
The final conditions were not released, but the judge's proposal included limits on communication, travel, home visits and required removal of all electronic communication devices except for one telephone line.

Mrs. Ramsey urges police to arrest her

ATLANTA The mother of slain child beauty queen Jon-Benet Ramsey says authorities should put her on trial for the murder of her daughter if they believe she killed her child.
"If you think I did it, let's have a trial and get it over with," Patsy Ramsey told USA Today in an interview published yesterday after undergoing two days of questioning with her husband by Boulder, Colo., police at the office of her Atlanta attorney, Lin Wood.
Boulder police spokeswoman Jennifer Bray said this "is not how our judicial system works. It's not a put up or shut up."

Ex-Justice official resolves accusations

A former deputy assistant attorney general paid $30,000 this week in a civil settlement to resolve accusations that he violated conflict of interest laws for federal employees.
Mark A. Boster, who formerly headed the Justice Department's Information Resources Management Office, was accused of communicating in April 1999 with the department regarding a contract for computer assistance on behalf of his new employer, Science Applications International Corp.
Mr. Boster left the department in January 1999.
The Justice Department's Office of Inspector general, which investigated the case, said Mr. Boster's call to Justice broke a federal law barring senior federal officials from contacting their former office within a year of leaving the government.

Texas judge quashes death sentence

TEXARKANA, Texas A federal judge has overturned the 1980 death sentence of a Texas man because he received poor legal representation and prosecutors failed to disclose that a key witness was a police informant, court officials said yesterday.
U.S. District Judge David Folsom ordered a new sentencing trial within 120 days for Delma Banks Jr, 40, a Texarkana man convicted of murder in the death of a 16-year-old boy.

Potting soil suspected in Legionnaires' cases

ATLANTA Federal health officials yesterday reported the first U.S. cases of Legionnaires' disease apparently were caused by handling potting soil.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said two of the cases involved women, ages 46 and 77, who had been potting plants a few days before their symptoms began. Laboratory tests of samples from their potting soil confirmed the presence of Legionella bacteria.
The fatal case involved a 45-year-old California man who died.

Pilot survives crash of F-16 jet

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. An F-16 Air Force jet on a training flight crashed into the ocean yesterday about a mile and half off the New Jersey coast.
The pilot was rescued by a New Jersey State Police boat and taken to a nearby hospital, said Staff Sgt. Barbara Harbison of the state Department of Military and Veterans Affairs.
The pilot reported an oil pressure problem before the engine failed about 3:40 p.m. and the jet went down, the department said.

Giuliani says cancer spread halted

NEW YORK Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani said yesterday that hormone treatments have stopped the spread of his prostate cancer, but he still plans to undergo more intensive treatment to rid his body of the disease.

Mr. Giuliani, 56, announced in April that he has prostate cancer. Since then, the mayor has been reluctant to discuss his illness.

While deciding between having surgery to remove the prostate or radiation treatment, he has been taking hormones that limit the growth of cancerous cells.

From wire dispatches and staff reports.

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