- The Washington Times - Thursday, October 11, 2001

Commuter plane crashes in Alaska
DILLINGHAM, Alaska A commuter plane with 10 persons aboard crashed in the tundra shortly after takeoff yesterday, killing nine persons and critically injuring one, state police said.
The plane, a single-engine Cessna 208 Caravan operated by PenAir, Alaska's biggest commuter airline, went down in calm, clear weather about two miles from the end of the runway, authorities said.
It was on its way to King Salmon, a community about 75 miles away, with nine passengers and a pilot. The cause of the crash was not immediately known.

White House seeks new computer network
The president's cyberspace security adviser, after one day on the job, asked computer companies yesterday to help design a secure telecommunications network for government use.
Richard Clarke said he wants the network, called Govnet, to be separate from the Internet to keep it safe from hackers or terrorists.
Government agencies would use Govnet for voice and data communications, and perhaps for videoconferences.

Comic sentenced for child endangerment
SANTA MONICA, Calif. Comedian Paula Poundstone was sentenced yesterday to five years' probation and 180 days in an alcohol treatment program, and was told she never could be a foster parent again after she pleaded no contest to child-endangerment charges.
The 41-year-old comedian, who entered an alcohol rehabilitation program in June, said in a statement after a sentencing hearing that drinking lay behind the charges, which involved her two adopted children and three foster children.
Poundstone was spared six months prison time by agreeing to remain in the live-in alcohol rehab program for another 55 days. She was also ordered to undertake 200 hours community service, attend a counseling program on child abuse and undergo psychiatric counseling once a week for a year.

Judge rules student can go to school
CLEVELAND A student suspended for 10 days for displaying patriotic posters and war slogans on his school locker after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks must be allowed back in class, a federal judge ruled Tuesday.
The ruling by U.S. District Judge Solomon Oliver stopped short of allowing Aaron Pettit, 16, to display the posters. The judge said a later hearing was necessary to decide whether the youth can display the posters and if he must serve the remaining seven days of his suspension.
The student's lawsuit said the suspension, which began Friday, violated his rights to free speech. The teen said the school was worried that students of Middle Eastern descent might be offended by his posters.

U.S. life expectancy reaches highest mark
Life expectancy for Americans has reached a new high of 76.9 years, mostly because fewer people are dying from heart disease and cancer, a government report issued yesterday shows.
Also down are deaths from murder, suicide, accidents, stroke, diabetes, chronic lower respiratory diseases, chronic liver disease and AIDS, the report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) finds.
More and more Americans are lucky enough to die of old age, said Ari Minino, a demographer at the CDC's National Center for Health Statistics, who helped write the report.
"What we are seeing is an emergence and increase in illnesses that affect mostly the older population," he said.

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