- The Washington Times - Thursday, November 30, 2000

Lee said to put tapes in Los Alamos garbage

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. Days after Wen Ho Lee lost his security access to Los Alamos National Laboratory, the nuclear scientist entered the lab's top-secret X Division and threw out the data tapes that the FBI is now looking for in a landfill, a source familiar with the probe told the Associated Press yesterday.

The FBI, which had said someone let Lee into the X Division on that January 1999 day, expects to spend weeks picking through the Los Alamos County dump, where the laboratory's trash is buried.

Agents have said they want to find the 17 tapes Lee swore he destroyed; however, they have not confirmed that they are searching the dump for those tapes. Federal officials declined to comment.

Student voting claims found to be doubtful

MILWAUKEE Milwaukee County District Attorney E. Michael McCann is "beginning to really doubt the credibility" of a Marquette University student newspaper report that 174 students claimed voting more than once in the recent presidential election, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.
Mr. McCann said his office has checked into the claim, which came out of a poll of 1,000 students, and came up empty.
Mr. McCann said his investigators initially focused on 270 students who voted at the Marquette student union, checking whether those students voted both at Marquette and their hometowns. He said they found no instance of a student who voted twice.

Jet lands at Dulles in smoke emergency

An American Airlines flight carrying 61 passengers and five crew from Washington to Dallas made an emergency landing last night at Dulles International Airport after reporting smoke in the cabin and cockpit.

Flight 1683 landed safely at about 6:20 p.m. and nobody was hurt, said American Airlines spokeswoman Karen Watson.

The MD-80 took off at 5:35 p.m. from Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport and was headed to Dallas-Fort Worth when the crew reported smoke in the cabin and cockpit.

Dulles was closed for about 15 minutes. Airline officials do not yet know what caused the smoke.

Air-traffic controllers cited in fatal collision

BRADENTON, Fla. Air-traffic controllers in different cities put a fighter jet and a Cessna on a collision course, the National Transportation Safety Board said in a preliminary report.
Controllers in Miami told two F-16 jets to descend as they prepared for a practice bombing run, while controllers in Tampa instructed the Cessna to climb.
The Tampa controllers tried to warn Cessna pilot Jacques Olivier of the two military planes just before the crash, but got no response, Tuesday's report said.
Mr. Olivier, 57, was killed Nov. 16 when a wing of his Cessna clipped an F-16s wing, broke apart and fell onto a golf course.
The military pilot parachuted to safety.

Oil spills from tanker into Mississippi River

NEW ORLEANS A tanker spilled a half-million gallons of crude oil into the Mississippi River yesterday, closing a busy shipping route for 26 miles and threatening wildlife.
No injuries were reported, but some pelicans and other animals were found covered with oil, said state spokesman Roland Guidry.
The 800-foot tanker Westchester lost power Tuesday night and ran aground about 60 miles southeast of New Orleans.
A cargo tank holding more than 2.2 million gallons of Nigerian crude oil lost about 567,400 gallons, or 13,500 barrels.
The spilled oil would fill about two-thirds of an Olympic-size swimming pool. The river bottom apparently plugged most of the hole and limited the loss.

Panhandler convicted in brick assault

NEW YORK A drug-using panhandler with a lengthy criminal record was convicted of assault yesterday in an attack last year with a 6-pound brick that shattered a woman's skull.

After twice calling a deadlock, a jury convicted Paris Drake, 37, of first-degree assault and criminal possession of a weapon.

Drake, who was acquitted of attempted murder in the November attack on a Manhattan street, could get up to 25 years in prison when he is sentenced Dec. 13.

Nicole Barrett was near death when hospitalized and has no memory of the assault.

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