- The Washington Times - Friday, June 1, 2001

Bush picks Cole to head NEH
Indiana University art historian Bruce Cole was named as the new chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) yesterday by President Bush.
Mr. Cole, a professor of fine arts and comparative literature, previously served seven years on the NEHs national council. He replaces William R. Ferris as NEH chairman.

Spurned restaurateur resorts to Internet
COLUMBIA, S.C. Restaurateur Maurice Bessinger, whose views about slavery drove large grocery chains to pull his distinctive mustard-based barbecue sauce from their shelves, has started an Internet initiative to boost his business.
He is seeking webmasters to link his site www.mauricesbbq.com to their home pages. Affiliate webmasters will earn 10 percent of sales from customers who buy Mr. Bessingers online products.
"I want to stay in business and this is a pretty good way to do it, " said Mr. Bessinger, who flies the Confederate flag at his restaurants.

Court denies bail to Sharpton
NEW YORK A federal appeals court yesterday rejected motions to stay the sentences or set bail for the Rev. Al Sharpton and three other men convicted of federal trespass for protesting Navy bombing exercises on the Puerto Rican island of Vieques.
The 1st District Court of Appeals did, however, set Tuesday for an expedited hearing on the mens appeals of their convictions.
The court said Mr. Sharpton and the other three failed to prove that they might not flee or pose a danger to the community if freed on bail pending appeal.

Accused bomber found competent
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. A prosecution-appointed psychologist said an ex-Ku Klux Klansman is competent to stand trial in a 1963 church bombing that killed four black girls.
The finding differed from results of two previous evaluations that raised questions about whether Bobby Frank Cherry, 71, is mentally able to stand trial.

Hubble sees massive star nursery
Glowing gold at its center and ringed by a purplish halo, a nearby galaxy holds a vast, stellar nursery with dusty and clean areas for newborn stars, a new Hubble Space Telescope image showed yesterday.
The new composite picture of galaxy NGC 1512 shows an area 2,400 light-years across filled with clusters of infant stars.

Police say boy, 6, killed brother, 3
ROCHESTER, N.Y. A 6-year-old boy reportedly killed his 3-year-old brother by beating him with a baseball bat during a ball game, police said.
A funeral was held for the toddler Wednesday, the same day police said they would not charge the elder boy because of his age. The boy was found dead May 21.

Immigrants claim they were captives
LOS ANGELES Police found 74 suspected illegal immigrants being held in a house Wednesday after one man escaped and called for help.
The man who escaped told authorities the people in the house were being held against their will, police said.
"It looks like a safe house where they keep people, " said Officer Don Cox, a police spokesman.

Court limits use of stun belts
SAN FRANCISCO A federal appeals panel has ruled that stun belts cannot be used to shock jailed inmates who disrupt courtroom proceedings, but can be used when an inmate creates a security risk in a courtroom.
The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said Wednesday that the Los Angeles County Sheriffs Department may activate the device only if a defendant attempts to flee or endangers others in the courtroom.


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