- - Sunday, October 24, 2010

CALIFORNIA

Church unseals files of priests

SAN DIEGO | Thousands of pages of documents from the sealed personnel files of Roman Catholic priests accused of sexually molesting children have been released on the orders of a San Diego judge.

Attorneys for plaintiffs in the litigation against the Diocese of San Diego made some of the 10,000 pages of files on 48 priests public.

Retired Judge William C. Pate ruled late Friday that internal church documents pertaining to priests who had been convicted, credibly accused or named in molestation lawsuits could be released.

Attorneys say the files could show how much the diocese knew about abusive priests, when they knew it and whether church officials engaged in cover-ups.

OHIO

Guardsman dies after jump accident

COLUMBUS | An Ohio National Guard soldier died four days after being injured in a parachuting accident during an airborne training exercise, officials said.

Herbert Mills, 59, of Groveport, died early Sunday morning at a hospital in Columbus, said Franklin County Coroner Jan Gorniak. The cause of his death had not been determined, but an autopsy was scheduled for Monday, Ms. Gorniak said.

Mr. Mills, whose rank wasn’t released, was one of four soldiers taken to hospitals after jumps Wednesday afternoon at the Rickenbacker Air National Guard base.

Officials said the men caught a wind gust and hit the ground hard. One of the men landed on the tarmac, while the other three came down on grass.

VIRGINIA

Man pleads guilty to spying attempts

A Michigan man pleaded guilty Friday to taking $70,000 from Chinese spies as he attempted to secure jobs with the CIA and U.S. Foreign Service that would have allowed him to expose U.S. government secrets.

Glenn D. Shriver, 28, of Detroit, acknowledged Friday in U.S. District Court that he sought the jobs with the intent of selling classified information to Beijing.

He pleaded guilty to a single count of conspiring to provide national defense information to Chinese intelligence officers. As part of the plea agreement, prosecutors and defense attorneys agreed to recommend a four-year prison term.

According to court papers, Shriver attended a study-abroad program in Shanghai in 2002 and 2003 in which he became fluent in Mandarin and developed an appreciation for Chinese culture. After obtaining a degree in international relations from Grand Valley State in Michigan in 2004, he returned to Shanghai and sought work.

He answered an English-language advertisement that sought people with backgrounds in East Asian studies to write a paper on U.S.-Chinese relations.

That led Chinese intelligence officers to recruit Shriver and encourage him to seek out U.S. government jobs that would give him access to classified and secret documents.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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