- The Washington Times - Tuesday, December 11, 2001

Grand juror charged with leaking information
MIAMI A federal grand juror was charged yesterday with leaking information about a drug investigation that included a search of O.J. Simpson's home last week.
John Acosta, 31, was charged with obstruction of justice for tipping off a friend who was later charged in the investigation. Prosecutors say the Ecstasy ring is also suspected of money laundering and satellite-TV equipment theft.
U.S. Attorney Guy Lewis declined to say whether the disclosure jeopardized the ability of investigators to gather any evidence. He also would not comment on how Simpson's attorney got advance word about the search warrant for the former football star's home in suburban Miami.

Mineta nominates security undersecretary
John Magaw was nominated yesterday as the first undersecretary of transportation security.
Mr. Magaw is a former head of the Secret Service who was named to head the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms after the confrontation with followers of David Koresh in Waco, Texas. Since December 1999, he worked for the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
The nomination, announced by Transportation Secretary Norman Y. Mineta, is subject to Senate approval. If confirmed, Mr. Magaw would serve five years.
Congress set up the new transportation security administration in the aviation security bill passed last month. The new agency, under the auspices of the Transportation Department, will take over airline security from the Federal Aviation Administration.

Service held for dead soldiers
FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. Three soldiers killed last week in Afghanistan were hailed yesterday as heroes for their part in helping to free an oppressed nation.
"Children are able to laugh, play and sing because of what they did," Lt. Col. Frank Hudson said during a memorial service at Fort Campbell.
More than 300 persons attended the service at Memorial Chapel for Master Sgt. Jefferson Davis, 39, of Watauga, Tenn.; Staff Sgt. Brian Cody Prosser, 28, of Frazier Park, Calif.; and Sgt. 1st Class Daniel Petithory, 32, of Cheshire, Mass.

Mom found not guilty in daughter's death
ADEL, Iowa A mother who testified she was distracted and running late for work when she left her 7-month-old daughter in her minivan was found not guilty yesterday in the girl's death.
Judge Paul Huscher found Kari Engholm not guilty of involuntary manslaughter and neglect of a dependent person in the June 26 death of her daughter, Clare. Temperatures were near 90 that day and the girl died from overheating.
Mrs. Engholm said Judge Huscher, who heard the case without a jury, recognized that Clare's death was a "heartbreaking, tragic accident."

Endeavour astronauts end spacewalk
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. Two U.S. astronauts from the space shuttle Endeavour concluded a spacewalk yesterday to repair the engines used to activate solar panels on the International Space Station, NASA said.
Linda Godwin and Daniel Tani spent four hours in space installing a thermal cover on two motors at the base of one of two 240-foot solar collectors supplying the station with electricity.
NASA engineers have detected electrical surges that since the beginning of the year have caused stalling in the motors that turn the panels toward the sun.

Schwarzenegger breaks ribs in crash
LOS ANGELES Action star Arnold Schwarzenegger broke some ribs in a weekend motorcycle wreck, but he'll be back, his publicist said yesterday.
The actor, 54, took a spill from his motorcycle in a "minor" accident Sunday and was treated at a nearby hospital for several fractured ribs, according to spokeswoman Jill Eisenstadt, who said she had no further details.
Miss Eisenstadt said he intended to go ahead with plans to join his family for a skiing vacation in Sun Valley, Idaho, over the Christmas holiday

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