- The Washington Times - Wednesday, June 13, 2001

Police criticized over New York parade

NEW YORK — City police are feeling heat again after Sunday´s Puerto Rican Day Parade from threats of lawsuits charging brutality and racism.

Six thousand city police officers were deployed Sunday to keep the peace during the parade, a year after more than 60 women were assaulted by a mob of drunken men with no police response.

Popular New York salsa singer Huey Dunbar yesterday ripped the police for arresting him during the parade, claiming that he was a victim of racism.

Mr. Dunbar said that when he climbed down from his parade float to meet the public at St. Patrick´s Cathedral, police pushed him and then arrested him. An amateur videotape, shown at a news conference, shows Mr. Dunbar being forcefully carried away.

Traficant office admits disclosure mistakes

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — Rep. James A. Traficant Jr. failed to properly disclose two trips he took to Albania that were paid for by a private Albanian lobby group, his office said yesterday.

Mr. Traficant campaigned against the ruling Socialist Party in Albania during the trips in 1999 and this past April.

House rules require members to report trips paid for by outside sources within 30 days, unless the source is a political organization. But the House ethics committee determined that Mr. Traficant should have disclosed the trips as having been paid for by a private source, Mr. Traficant´s spokesman Charles Straub said. He said Mr. Traficant´s office is working with the committee to ensure the proper paperwork is filed.

Pentagon panel mixed on new weapons

The Navy version of the joint strike fighter should be fielded two or three years earlier than planned in order to aid the Bush administration goal of "transforming" the U.S. military, a Pentagon panel says.

The panel, however, didn´t back the Navy´s $50 billion program to build a new class of destroyers, saying it didn´t seem much better than the current class.

The "transformation" panel is among groups Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld set up to review strategy, systems and doctrine to improve mobility, intelligence and firepower.

"We are not saying kill any program," said retired Air Force Gen. James McCarthy, the panel chairman. "That was not our effort. Our effort was 'here´s a group of programs that are truly more transformational than other programs.´"

Davis to release terms of contracts

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Gov. Gray Davis plans to release this week details of 38 long-term contracts between the state and generators that have agreed to sell it power, the governor´s aides said yesterday.

Republican lawmakers and several news organizations filed lawsuits in March saying Mr. Davis´ refusal to release the information violates the California Public Records Act. The Davis administration has argued that releasing the details of the state´s power buys would put it at a disadvantage in contract talks with other generators.

"We now believe that the balance tips in favor of disclosure rather than continuing to withhold the contracts," Davis senior adviser Nancy McFadden said.

The state has been purchasing power since January for customers of three cash-strapped utilities. Many were short-term emergency buys to avoid blackouts, but state officials are locking in long-term contracts.

Tuberculosis cases hit all-time U.S. low

ATLANTA — New cases of tuberculosis, once a leading killer in the United States, declined to an all-time low last year because of improved screening and treatment of those infected with the lung disease, federal health officials said yesterday.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported 16,377 new cases of TB in 2000, 7 percent fewer than in the previous year. The decline was the eighth consecutive annual drop since the disease peaked in 1992.

TB, which is caused by an airborne bacteria spread by coughing and other close personal contact, can usually be cured with antibiotics. The emergence of drug-resistant TB strains, however, has hindered efforts to wipe out the disease.

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