- The Washington Times - Wednesday, August 15, 2001

Investigator testifies of officer's slaying
DALLAS An Irving police officer was riddled with bullets at the scene of a holdup before he could even put his squad car in park, an investigator testified yesterday at the murder trial of an inmate accused of leading a deadly prison break last year.
After he was shot, Officer Aubrey Hawkins was pulled from his car and run over, his body lodging under his assailants' getaway car, Officer Steven Hazard said. "He was wedged in the tire so that he's skidding along the ground," Officer Hazard testified during the second day of the capital murder trial of George Rivas.
Rivas is accused of being the ringleader of a gang of seven Texas convicts who broke out of a maximum-security prison on Dec. 13.

J.C. Penney pulls provocative TV ad
PLANO, Texas J.C. Penney Co. says it will pull a television commercial that shows a mother encouraging her daughter to dress more provocatively.
The commercial shows a teen-age girl trying on low-cut jeans only to be interrupted by her mother, asking, "You're not going to school dressed like that, are you?"
Then the mother tugs the jeans down lower on the girl's hips to show how they should be worn.
The commercial has drawn complaints to the retailer and on syndicated radio talk shows.

Officials bust counterfeit ring
Hungarian and U.S. officials announced yesterday the arrests of four men in Budapest whom they accused of planning to pass three counterfeit U.S. Treasury bonds worth $100 million each.
The Hungarian national police, working with the FBI, made the arrests Aug. 7 following a joint sting operation.

Roche urges production of F-22 fighter planes
Despite cost overruns in the F-22 fighter jet program and a newly revealed problem with cracks on the tail, Air Force Secretary James G. Roche yesterday urged that the plane move from prototype stage into production.
He said at a breakfast news conference that the Air Force later yesterday would recommend to acquisition officials that the plane go into low-rate production. The F-22 is being developed by Lockheed Martin Corp. to replace the Air Force's aging F-15s.

Homosexual group sues South Dakota
RAPID CITY, S.D. A homosexual group is suing South Dakota, charging the state is refusing to let it participate in a highway litter cleanup program by not posting a sign recognizing the organization's effort.
The Sioux Empire Gay and Lesbian Coalition claims in its lawsuit, filed in federal court in Rapid City on Monday, that the South Dakota Department of Transportation is denying coalition members their First Amendment rights to free speech by refusing to allow them recognition for participation in the state's Adopt-A-Highway litter pickup program.

Inmate deserves new trial, court rules
NEW ORLEANS A Texas death-row inmate since 1984 deserves a new trial because his attorney slept during portions of his murder trial, the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Monday.
The full appeals court, in a 9-5 reversal of a ruling by a three-judge federal panel in October, said Calvin Burdine's attorney dozed off frequently enough and for long enough stretches to deprive the defendant of his right to legal representation.
Mr. Burdine was convicted of fatally stabbing his homosexual lover, W.T. Wise, in 1983.

Council member hit with urinating charge
ST. LOUIS A St. Louis councilwoman who stubbornly preserved a filibuster by having council allies surround her with a quilt while she apparently relieved herself in a pail was charged yesterday with public urination.
Irene Smith faced a maximum penalty of 90 days in jail and a $500 fine for last month's incident in which she argued against a redistricting proposal.

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