- The Washington Times - Thursday, November 2, 2000

Senate urges Clinton to negotiate for POWs

The Senate is urging the Clinton administration to help negotiate a settlement to lawsuits brought by American World War II POWs who contend Japanese companies mistreated them as slave labor.
Administration officials say the former prisoners' lawsuits against the private companies are prohibited under a 1951 peace treaty between the United States and Japan.
But the Senate voted unanimously late Tuesday to urge the State Department to open a dialogue between veterans and the companies because prisoners were forced into work for years while beaten, starved and denied medical care.

Marines notify parents of risk from bad water

The Marine Corps is trying to notify the parents of an estimated 10,000 children born at Camp Lejeune, N.C., between 1968 and 1985 that they may have consumed water contaminated with compounds that have been linked to birth defects and childhood cancers such as leukemia.
The substances, believed to have come from a dry-cleaning business, were found in 1982 in drinking water systems that supplied houses on Camp Lejeune, although the wells were not capped until 1985.

Hollywood 10's Lardner dead at age of 85

NEW YORK Ring Lardner Jr., the last surviving member of the Hollywood Ten, a group of screenwriters who were jailed and blacklisted during the McCarthy era in the 1950s, has died at 85.
Mr. Lardner died of cancer Tuesday at his home in New York City.
Mr. Lardner's satirical screenplays earned him two Academy Awards, but he was best known for his refusal to tell the House Un-American Activities Committee if he had ever been a Communist.

5 languages are added to California's courts

LOS ANGELES California has added five languages to its court interpreter program a response to the growing number of residents who don't speak English at home, the state Judicial Council has announced.
The interpreter program will now include Armenian, Cambodian, Mandarin Chinese, Russian and Punjabi.
This is the first language addition since 1993, the paper said.
More than 4 percent of California's 33.4 million residents speak no English in the home, and 224 languages are spoken throughout the state.

News outlets reject U.S. ban on leaks

Four of the nation's largest news organizations have asked President Clinton to veto a bill that would expand criminal penalties for government employees who leak secrets.
"For the first time in our nation's history, a law would criminalize all unauthorized disclosures of classified information in effect creating an 'official secrets act' of the sort that exists elsewhere but that has always been rejected in this country," wrote the four news media executives in a letter sent Tuesday.
Congress passed the legislation in October and sent it to Mr. Clinton for approval. Congressional intelligence committee leaders and the Justice Department say it is a tough measure needed to stop the flow of classified information that threatens to undermine national security.
But critics warn it also could silence whistle-blowers and stop the media from getting information to the public.
The letter, written by executives of CNN, The Washington Post, The New York Times and the Newspaper Association of America, said several important stories including those involving the Pentagon Papers, the Iran-Contra affair and cases of waste, fraud and abuse in the defense industry were the result of classified information disclosed to journalists.

Jailed terror suspects accused of stabbing

NEW YORK Two inmates accused in the 1998 bombings of two U.S. embassies in East Africa are accused of stabbing a guard at a jail here yesterday, federal officials said.

Scott Wolfson, a spokesman with the U.S. Bureau of Prisons, said that a guard, whose identity was not released, was stabbed in the eye in an incident involving two men being held at a federal jail in lower Manhattan. He declined to identify them.

Law enforcement sources, who spoke to Agence France-Presse on the condition of anonymity, identified the two suspects as Khalfan Khamis Mohamed, 27, a Tanzanian, and Mamdouh Mahmud Salim, 40, a Sudanese.

The guard was in critical condition at a nearby hospital. The knife penetrated his eye and reached his brain, officials said.

'Recovered memory' leads to family lawsuit

PHILADELPHIA A man sued his sister for defamation yesterday, claiming she falsely accused him of sexual abuse she "recalled" years later.

Michael Donnelly, 39, of New York has never been charged with any sexual crime. He is suing, he says, just to clear his name and to regain contact with relatives who have shunned him.

Mr. Donnelly's sister said yesterday that she was not aware of the suit and would not comment.

Mr. Donnelly said the charges stem from therapy sessions in which his sister experienced a "recovered memory" of the abuse from when she was 6 months old.

"She was 6 months old; I was 10 years old. I was riding bicycles and playing baseball. Sex was the furthest thing from my mind."

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