- The Washington Times - Tuesday, June 12, 2001

Pentagon halts anthrax vaccinations
Citing dwindling supplies of vaccine, the Pentagon yesterday suspended anthrax inoculations of U.S. military personnel deploying to Southwest Asia.
Its remaining 24,000 doses of anthrax vaccine approved by the Food and Drug Administration will be used to inoculate only military personnel in certain "special missions units" and people involved in anthrax vaccine research and congressionally mandated studies, the Pentagon said.
The Pentagon also said it will set aside part of the remaining doses as a small reserve for use in emergencies.

Forest fire blamed on errant target bomb

LITTLE EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP, N.J. — An errant Air National Guard practice bomb caused a fire that burned more than 1,600 acres of woods, officials said yesterday.
The dummy bomb, dropped by an F-16 fighter, landed about 100 yards outside the 2,400-acre Warren Grove bombing range area Sunday. The 25-pound dummy bomb contained no explosives, but had a small charge in its base designed to send up a plume of smoke so the pilot could see where it fell.
"Evidently, it was enough to start a fire," said Col. John Dwyer, New Jersey Air National Guard spokesman. "Why it fell into an area that was not cleared of debris and brush is under investigation."

Jeb Bush slams findings on Florida vote

MIAMI — Florida Gov. Jeb Bush yesterday slammed a report criticizing the contested presidential election in his state as "intellectually dishonest."
A newly released report by the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights charges that the Florida government ignored problems that denied "countless Floridians the right to vote," with blacks particularly hard hit.
The Republican governor called the report an "intellectually dishonest work product that needlessly fosters racial disharmony."

Bodies exhumed as potential homicides

DALLAS — Investigators exhumed two bodies yesterday in search of proof that as many as 24 elderly patients at a rural north Texas hospital were killed by purposefully lethal drug injections.
Two FBI evidence recovery teams disinterred the bodies of Orvelle Moore Jr., 82, at DFW National Cemetery in Dallas and J.T. Nichols, 81, at Rose Hill Cemetery in Fort Worth.
The bodies were the first of 10 investigators planned to exhume, examine and rebury through the week in search of traces of a muscle relaxant called mivacurium chloride.
Several vials of the drug were reported missing from Nocona General Hospital in early February, and hospital officials realized patient deaths had occurred at twice their normal rate during December and January.

Marijuana smoking cited in heart attacks

Doctors have long known marijuana is bad for the heart and can trigger a heart attack. Now they have determined that smoking it in middle age may be an even bigger risk factor.
"The risk associated with marijuana use is about the same as the risk we found for physical exertion and a little higher than the risk observed for having sex," said Murray Mittleman, lead author of the study in todays issue of Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association.

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