- The Washington Times - Thursday, May 20, 2010


2 officers killed during traffic stop

WEST MEMPHIS | Two Arkansas police officers were fatally shot Thursday during a traffic stop, and a short time later, the suspects were killed in a separate shootout with the local sheriff and a deputy, authorities said.

The sheriff and chief deputy were wounded in the shootout in a Wal-Mart parking lot in West Memphis and were taken to a hospital, authorities said.

The situation began when the two West Memphis police officers were pulling over a white van on Interstate 40. It was not clear why they pulled over the van with Ohio license plates and what led to the fatal shootings of the officers.

The two West Memphis police officers killed were Brandon Paudert and Bill Evans. Officer Paudert is the son of West Memphis Police Chief Bob Paudert and was assigned to the police department’s drug unit, Chief Paudert said.


Armstrong denies new doping accusations

VISALIA | Lance Armstrong has denied allegations made by disgraced American cyclist Floyd Landis, who accused the seven-time Tour de France champion of doping.

“It’s our word against his word,” Mr. Armstrong said in Visalia before the fifth stage of the Tour of California. “I like our word. We like our credibility.”

With his longtime coach, Johan Bruyneel, standing next to him, Mr. Armstrong said Mr. Landis seemingly pointed the finger at everyone still involved in the sport.

“We have nothing to hide,” Mr. Armstrong said. “We have nothing to run from.”

Mr. Landis was stripped of his 2006 Tour de France title for doping, yet always denied cheating until now. He recently sent e-mails to cycling officials and sponsors detailing his blood doping. He also claimed that Mr. Armstrong and Mr. Bruyneel paid an International Cycling Union official to cover up a test in 2002 after Mr. Armstrong purportedly tested positive for the blood-boosting drug EPO.

In an e-mail Mr. Landis sent to USA Cycling chief Steve Johnson, he said Mr. Armstrong’s positive EPO test was in 2002, about the time he won the Tour de Suisse. Mr. Armstrong won the Tour de Suisse in 2001, not 2002.


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