- The Washington Times - Saturday, July 7, 2001

Forest Service asks for public input
The Forest Service has come up with 10 questions for the public to consider before the agency revises a Clinton-era ban on logging and road construction on a third of national forest land.
The questions include how the government can best satisfy competing interests while protecting national forests, and how "roadless" forests should be protected from wildfires, insects and disease.
The government also wants to know what activities should be prohibited in roadless areas, how the rights of nearby property owners should be protected and what role local forest managers should play in protecting the areas.

Air Force jet crashes in Atlantic
CHARLESTON, S.C. — An Air Force pilot died when his F-16CJ fighter jet crashed in the Atlantic Ocean yesterday during an air combat training mission, the Air Force said.
The jet went down about 10:40 a.m. some 40 miles east of Charleston, the Air Force said in a statement. A search was launched and his body was found a short time later.

Judges suspend Bush's driver's license, set fine
AUSTIN, Texas — President Bush's daughter, Jenna, was ordered yesterday to pay $600 in fines and court fees and perform community service for violating underage-drinking laws.
Municipal Court Judge Karrie Key ordered Miss Bush, a student at the University of Texas, to perform 36 hours of community service. And another judge ordered that her driver's license be suspended for 30 days.
Miss Bush, 19, was not present at yesterday's resolution of the case against her involving a May 29 visit to a popular Mexican restaurant. In back-to-back appearances in municipal and community courts, her attorney entered a plea of no contest to a charge of trying to use someone else's identification to buy alcohol.

Shriver breaks leg in car accident
BOSTON — Eunice Kennedy Shriver, sister of the late President John F. Kennedy, was in good condition yesterday, a day after breaking her leg in a car accident in Cape Cod, Mass., a hospital official said.
Mrs. Shriver, 79, was driving a sport utility vehicle when it collided with a pickup truck that pulled out of a side road in front of her, local radio reports quoted a Barnstable police officer as saying.

Texas prisoner freed based on DNA data
WACO, Texas — A man who served 14 years in prison for rape and murder was freed after DNA tests showed blood found on his shirt did not come from the victim in the attack.
Calvin Washington, 45, was released on $5,000 bail Thursday based on tests performed on a shirt that had been seized from a house where Washington was staying at the time of the crime. The results showed the blood was not that of Juanita White, who was found beaten to death in her home in March 1986.
Defense attorney Walter M. Reaves Jr. said he hopes the case will be closed within a couple of months, and expects a pardon from the governor or a finding of innocence from the state Court of Criminal Appeals.

Pentagon sets date for intercept test
After months of delay, the Pentagon said yesterday it will attempt to shoot down a missile outside the Earth's atmosphere on July 14, the first missile defense test of its kind since a failed intercept one year ago.
A modified Minuteman II intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) carrying a mock warhead and a single decoy will be launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. About 20 minutes later, an interceptor missile carrying a prototype "kill vehicle" will be launched from Kwajalein Atoll in the central Pacific. If all goes as planned, the "kill vehicle" — a computer-guided device with its own sensors — will crash into the ICBM about 10 minutes later, disintegrating the target by the force of impact.

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