- The Washington Times - Thursday, January 11, 2001

Anti-police lawmaker resigns under pressure

CONCORD, N.H. A newly elected state lawmaker who called for the killing of police officers in certain cases resigned yesterday under pressure from his party and voters.
Republican state Rep. Tom Alciere informed the secretary of state and the House speaker of his resignation in a letter.
Mr. Alciere, 41, had said earlier this week that he would step down if fellow lawmakers put his bills to a vote in the full House. Another freshman lawmaker, Manchester Republican Gary Greenberg, has tentatively agreed to substitute his name for Mr. Alciere's on eight bills.

Three persons killed in California shootings

NEVADA CITY, Calif. Investigators believe a mental patient shot and killed three persons and wounded two others at a mental health clinic and a restaurant.

The gunman shot three persons, two fatally, at the clinic about 11:30 a.m. yesterday, Sheriff Keith Royal said. About 10 minutes later, the man went into a restaurant less than two miles away, where he fatally shot a restaurant manager and wounded a cook.

Navy relic arrives with joyous aging crew

MOBILE, Ala. A rusting relic from World War II sailed into port with a jubilant crew of elderly veterans yesterday after a monthlong trans-Atlantic voyage that the Coast Guard had warned was too dangerous to attempt.
"Bravery is ageless," Bill Shannon, a veteran from Fort Worth, Texas, said as the naval vessel LST-325 arrived to a celebration.
The 29-member crew, average age 72, was made up mostly of veterans from World War II and the Korean War. The 328-foot vessel, which delivered troops to Normandy during the D-Day invasion, will become a museum.
The veterans left Greece on Nov. 17 and crossed the Mediterranean in 11 days. The crew was at sea continuously after leaving Gibraltar on Dec. 12.

Utah demands census recount

SALT LAKE CITY Utah sued the Census Bureau yesterday, claiming the April count missed more than 14,000 Mormon missionaries working abroad and cost the state an additional seat in Congress.
The complaint, filed in federal court in Salt Lake City, said Utah was denied equal protection when the missionaries were excluded.
Utah was 856 residents short of gaining an extra congressional seat from the 2000 census. The Mormon Church says 14,124 Utah residents serving abroad on church missions were not counted.
If Utah wins, North Carolina would lose its newly apportioned congressional seat. Utah had edged North Carolina for an extra seat until overseas military and diplomatic personnel tipped the balance in North Carolina's favor.

City to pay millions for strip searches

NEW YORK Tens of thousands of people who claimed they were illegally strip-searched after being arrested for minor offenses could get up to $22,500 each under a $50 million settlement from the city.
The searches were conducted by jail guards over 10 months in 1996 and 1997. They were often performed on first-time offenders arrested for minor infractions like loitering and disorderly conduct as part of Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani's crackdown on "quality of life" violations.

FDA approves new breast cancer drug

The Food and Drug Administration yesterday approved use of a drug called Femara to fight advanced breast cancer, suggesting it as an alternative to the current top treatment.
The FDA approved Femara, known chemically as letrozole, as a first-line therapy for metastatic breast cancer, the kind that has spread through the body.
Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corp. already sells Femara as a backup for when tamoxifen fails. The FDA's upgrade of the drug may bolster a growing shift in how specialists treat late-stage breast cancer as a new class of drugs challenges the longtime standard therapy, tamoxifen.


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