- The Washington Times - Wednesday, April 18, 2001

Outlaws boss convicted in Florida federal trial
TAMPA, Fla. — Harry "Taco" Bowman, the reputed kingpin of the Outlaws motorcycle gang, was convicted yesterday of ordering the slayings of snitches and rival gang members.
Bowman, 51, showed no emotion as the verdicts were read, capping a monthlong racketeering trial. The one-time fugitive included on the FBIs "Ten Most Wanted" list could face up to life in prison when he is sentenced July 27 by U.S. District Judge James S. Moody.
He was convicted on eight of nine counts and acquitted of an arson charge.


U.S. considers building small nuclear bomb
The Pentagon is conducting research on the possibility of developing a weak nuclear bomb designed to penetrate underground bunkers, a spokesman said yesterday.
"A study is under way, " Pentagon spokesman Col. Steve Campbell told Agence France-Presse, adding that the Pentagon planned to present study results to Congress on July 1.
The bomb, which could hit U.S. adversaries who have headed below ground, such as Iraqi President Saddam Hussein, was denounced yesterday by the Federation of American Scientists.
If such a bomb malfunctioned and failed to penetrate deeply enough, it could create a crater emitting a deadly radioactive cloud, the group said in a study on the matter, directed by Princeton University researcher Robert Nelson.


IRS action prompts concern over retaliation
The Internal Revenue Service sought to thwart a whistleblower from getting her accounting license, prompting concern on Capitol Hill about possible retaliation.
The auditor had testified at nationally televised hearings in 1997 that her agency harassed taxpayers.
IRS officials in February sent a routine form back to Texas licensing regulators about Houston-based agent Jennifer Long, declining to answer questions about her skill, character and integrity while alerting the regulators it was sending a "narrative" required for derogatory information.
The agency then drafted a three-page letter to the regulators dated March 22 that sharply criticized her work on multiple fronts including suggesting she mishandled audits.
"The probes for unreported income were not adequate," said the letter, which was obtained by the Associated Press.
The Texas Board of Public Accountancy, however, granted Miss Longs license before the IRS letter was sent.
Miss Long was the star witness at 1997 hearings before the Senate Finance Committee that examined charges of abuses by the IRS.
She was the lone agency worker to shun a voice disguise and protective screen used by fellow whistleblowers to conceal their identities.
In 1999, IRS officials sent her a termination notice but never fired her after members of Congress inquired about possible retribution.

Saint-Johns-wort has little effect
CHICAGO — Saint-Johns-wort, the herbal remedy thought to boost mood, was found to be ineffective for patients diagnosed with major depression in a controlled trial, researchers said yesterday.
The 14-month study of 200 depressed patients, nearly half of whom were randomly assigned to take Saint-Johns-wort extract and the other half an inert placebo, showed no "significant" differences between the two groups after treatment based on ratings scales widely used to measure depression and anxiety.
Billed as the first large-scale controlled trial in the United States, the study published in this weeks issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association was funded by a grant from pharmaceutical giant Pfizer Inc., which makes the anti-depressant Zoloft and markets an extract of Saint-Johns-wort.
Study author Richard Shelton of Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn., said numerous previous studies conducted on Saint-Johns-wort have shown it produced positive results, but most of the trials had significant scientific limitations.

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