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City lawyers say they’re confident the panel followed appropriate procedures. A spokesman for the mosque project declined to comment.

Opponents say the mosque plan insults the memory of those killed by Islamic terrorists in the 2001 attacks. Supporters see it as a monument to tolerance.


Carnival game with Obama likeness yanked

ALLENTOWN | The head of an eastern Pennsylvania amusement company has yanked a carnival game in which players shot foam darts at an image resembling President Obama.

Irvin Good Jr. pulled the target-shooting game after receiving a complaint from a patron attending a fair in Roseto, about 65 miles north of Philadelphia. Mr. Good said Wednesday his company, Hellertown-based Goodtime Amusements, won’t offer the game again.

The game, dubbed “Alien Attack,” featured a large painted image of a black man wearing a belt buckle with the presidential seal and holding a scroll labeled “Health Bill.” Players could win prizes by hitting targets on the image’s head and heart.

The game was featured in late July at the Our Lady of Mount Carmel Big Time Celebration, an annual fair that raises money for the Roman Catholic parish in Roseto.


Former Capitol officer pleads guilty to child porn

ALEXANDRIA | A former U.S. Capitol Police officer has pleaded guilty to distributing child pornography.

Dennis Craig Bell, 55, of Woodbridge, Va., entered the plea Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Alexandria.

Court documents state that Bell used a peer-to-peer network to distribute child pornography. When law enforcement approached him in April, Bell claimed that he just wanted to see how readily available child pornography was on the Internet, but he deleted the images.

Prosecutors say Bell admitted that he had downloaded child pornography at homes in Woodbridge and Fairfax and at work and saved them.

More than 160 videos and 103 still images were found on his computer. Bell retired from the Capitol Police after his arrest.

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