- The Washington Times - Wednesday, July 4, 2001

Bomber lawyer argues against death sentence

NEW YORK — Imposing a death sentence on a man convicted of bombing a U.S. Embassy in Africa would backfire by turning him into a martyr, a defense attorney told jurors during closing arguments of the penalty phase of the terrorist's trial.

"Send him to jail and he'll be quickly forgotten," Khalfan Khamis Mohammed's attorney, David Stern, said Monday in federal court. "Kill him, and you guarantee him immortality."

Jurors must decide whether Mohammed should be executed or serve life in prison for the 1998 attack in Tanzania, which killed 11 persons.

Mohamed, 27, was convicted of murder last month for the bombing, which prosecutors said was part of a plot by fugitive Saudi millionaire Osama bin Laden to kill Americans across the globe.

Falun Gong members begin long march

NEW YORK — Members of the Chinese meditation movement Falun Gong yesterday started a two-week march from New York to Washington.

The march will culminate in a rally July 19 to mark the second anniversary of Beijing's crackdown on the spiritual group.

"There has been an alarming escalation on the crackdown on Falun Gong," said spokeswoman Feng Yuan. "This walk is a call for help from the American public and everyone who cares about what is going on inside China."

It will be the first such march for the group that Chinese authorities banned in July 1999.

NASA corrects Mars craft path

The 2001 Mars Odyssey is on track to arrive at Mars in October, after scientists adjusted its flight path, NASA said.

Engineers on the ground at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., fired Odyssey's thrusters for 23 seconds on Monday, which changed the spacecraft's velocity by 2 miles per hour, the U.S. space agency said.

Airlines ground jets in parts shortage

ATLANTA — Airlines have grounded several Boeing 757 jets while they scramble to make repairs or find replacement parts because of cracks in the air-flow blades of their Pratt & Whitney engines.

At least two in-flight engine failures have been blamed on the cracks since late last year.

Border Patrol finds 4 bodies in Arizona

TUCSON, Ariz. — Four persons have been found dead in the desert along the U.S.-Mexico border in southern Arizona.

Three bodies were found Monday inside the Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, just north of the Mexican border. The other was found Sunday night on the Tohono O'odham Nation, about 70 miles southwest of Tucson.

Mayor ordered to stand trial

YORK, Pa. A judge yesterday ordered the mayor of York and five other white men to stand trial for the murder of a black woman shot by a white mob in 1969.

York County Senior Judge Emanuel Cassimatis ordered Mayor Charlie Robertson and his co-defendants to stand trial for the death of Lillie Belle Allen, 27. The mother of two was fatally shot after her family car strayed into a white neighborhood on the night of July 21, 1969.

Defector Cuban doctor reunited with children

MIAMI — A Cuban doctor who defected to the United States last year was reunited with his 4-year-old daughter and 11-year-old stepson yesterday after Cuba's government released the children after the death of their mother.

Giselle Cordova jumped into the arms of her father, Dr. Leonel Cordova, knocking him to the floor. He gathered up Giselle and her half-brother, Yusniel Hernandez, in his arms, hugging them and crying.

The children's mother was killed last month in a motorcycle accident near her home in Cuba.

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