- The Washington Times - Tuesday, June 19, 2001

Weapons scientist sues over China book
A retired physicist from the Los Alamos National Laboratory filed suit in U.S. District Court yesterday to allow publication of his book on Chinas nuclear weapons programs.
Danny Stillman submitted a manuscript of his book, "Inside Chinas Nuclear Weapons Program," to the Energy and Defense departments as required under secrecy agreements that dated to when he worked for the U.S. governments nuclear weapons research lab in New Mexico. The goal of the agreements is to ensure that no classified material is revealed.
Mr. Stillmans manuscript was delivered to the Energy Department, which oversees Los Alamos laboratory, in January 2000, but after 18 months there has been no final determination, even though changes the government has requested have been made in the book.

New secretaries pledge to improve defense
The three civilians in charge of the Army, Navy and Air Force pledged yesterday to drop entrenched rivalries and work as a team to improve the way the Pentagon works.
"A lot of this stuff has been studied to death. Its very clear what needs to be done. The challenge is for us to execute and get after it," new Army Secretary Thomas White said.
He was accompanied by Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz, Navy Secretary Gordon England and Air Force Secretary James Roche, all tapped by Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld to set up new, internal Pentagon management teams to improve the way the Pentagon does business.

Scientists identify gene showing Alzheimers risk
The presence of a newly identified gene, in combination with another gene, signals a 16-fold increase in the risk of developing Alzheimers disease in people whose close relatives have the brain malady, researchers said yesterday.
The effect is greater than the increased risk of lung cancer caused by smoking, said Dr. George Zubenko, a professor of psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and lead author of the study.
The findings appear in the journal Molecular Psychiatry.

Mastermind sentenced in armed cash heist
LOS ANGELES — A former employee of an armored car company was sentenced to 24 years in prison yesterday for masterminding the biggest cash armed robbery in U.S. history — an $18.9 million heist.
Allen Pace III, 32, was sentenced for the 1997 holdup at the Dunbar Armored Inc. depot in downtown Los Angeles. Less than $2 million of the money has been recovered.
A day before the holdup, Pace — a safety officer at Dunbar, where his job included making sure fire extinguishers were full — had been fired for undisclosed reasons.

Magistrate nominated for judgeship
President Bush yesterday nominated U.S. Magistrate Terry L. Wooten for a U.S. District Court judgeship in South Carolina following a recommendation from Sen. Strom Thurmond, South Carolina Republican.
Mr. Wooten was chief counsel for the Senate Judiciary Committee under Mr. Thurmond and is a former assistant U.S. Attorney and assistant county solicitor in South Carolina.

Report questions historians military past
SOUTH HADLEY, Mass. — A Pulitzer Prize-winning historian who has said he spent time in Vietnam while in the Army never went overseas, according to a published report.
Mount Holyoke College professor Joseph J. Ellis, who won a 2001 Pulitzer for history for his book, "Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation," also embellished his involvement in the anti-war and civil rights movements, the Boston Globe reported yesterday.

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