- The Washington Times - Saturday, December 22, 2001

Twin Tower rescuers show lung problems

NEW YORK Hundreds of firefighters who worked at the World Trade Center site have developed respiratory problems, and some may have to retire, a fire union official said.

Thomas Manley, sergeant-at-arms for the Uniformed Firefighters Association, said Thursday that many who participated in rescue and recovery efforts are easily winded, suffer from a chronic cough or have symptoms of asthma.

Mr. Manley estimated that as many as 300 who are on medical leave with lung problems could be unable to continue to fight fires if their health does not improve.

Fire Department spokesman Francis Gribbon said it is too early to predict the health implications for firefighters who have had respiratory symptoms.

Clinton discusses keeping ideas alive

NEW YORK After gathering this week in his Harlem office, former President Clinton and his advisers are forming a strategy to remind the nation of his administration's accomplishments and to renew the centrist Democrat agenda.

"The president ran as a New Democrat, he governed as a New Democrat, he accomplished a lot as a New Democrat," said John Podesta, Mr. Clinton's former chief of staff and part of the kitchen cabinet that met Wednesday. "We want to project that sense of program, politics and reform of government into the future."

At least 15 people were involved in the meeting, which lasted about 90 minutes. While Clinton and some aides gathered in his Harlem office, others participated by conference call. The ex-president's wife, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, New York Democrat, did not attend.

Abu-Jamal's attorney appealing new decision

PHILADELPHIA The lawyer for Mumia Abu-Jamal, whose death sentence for the 1981 murder of a police officer was overturned earlier this week, yesterday said he would appeal the decision so as to have the entire case against the former Black Panther thrown out.

Judge William Yohn's ruling Tuesday overturned Abu-Jamal's sentencing, but upheld the underlying conviction for the murder of Daniel Faulkner, a white police officer.

The judge did not order a new trial, but required a new sentencing hearing within six months.

Harvard scientist's body found in the Mississippi

MEMPHIS, Tenn. The body of a Harvard scientist missing for more than a month since his rental car was left parked on a bridge over the Mississippi River has been found downstream, police said yesterday.

Workers at a hydroelectric plant in Louisiana found the body of Don Wiley on Thursday, about 300 miles south of where the molecular biologist was last seen on Nov. 18 at a medical meeting here.

Authorities had yet to determine the cause of death, Memphis police said.

They had speculated that Mr. Wiley committed suicide.

Mr. Wiley's disappearance triggered alarm bells because of his expertise in deadly viruses such as Ebola amid U.S. fears of possible bioterrorism after the September 11 attacks and subsequent anthrax mailings.

Dad turns in two sons accused in shooting

TAMPA, Fla. A father of five delivered two of his sons to detectives and said they were involved in the kidnapping and shooting last week of a 20-year-old University of South Florida student.

Hank Arrington said he knew what had to be done the moment his youngest child told him about the attack.

Thursday afternoon, Mr. Arrington, a 48-year-old tour-bus driver with bifocals and graying hair, accompanied his sons to police headquarters, where detectives charged them with the robbery, carjacking and attempted murder Dec. 13 of Lai Chau, who remains in serious condition.

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