- The Washington Times - Friday, June 15, 2001

Wrinkles may protect against skin cancer

CHICAGO — People with smooth faces run a higher risk than those with wrinkles of developing the most common form of skin cancer.

Researchers at the University of Manchester in England found that people with relatively heavy wrinkling were 90 percent less likely to develop basal cell carcinoma — a slow-growing, easily treatable cancer that often appears on the face.

The findings do not mean people should feel free to become sun worshippers, said Dr. Christopher Griffiths, one of the authors of the study. Sun exposure is strongly linked to other forms of skin cancer, including the deadliest, melanoma.

Court upholds Sharpton conviction

BOSTON — A federal appeals court yesterday upheld the convictions and sentences of the Rev. Al Sharpton and three New York politicians who were arrested during a demonstration against Navy bombing exercises on the Puerto Rican island of Vieques.

Mr. Sharpton, along with New York City Councilman Adolfo Carrion, state Assemblyman Jose Rivera and Bronx County Democratic Party Chairman Roberto Ramirez, were arrested in Puerto Rico on May 1 for trespassing on government property.

Mr. Sharpton was given a 90-day sentence because of a prior conviction for civil disobedience. The three others were each sentenced to 40 days.

The men appealed to the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which has jurisdiction over Puerto Rico. They claimed they were denied the right to choose their own attorney and were not given enough time to prepare for their trial. They were tried, convicted and sentenced in one day in a federal court in Puerto Rico.

Army updates war book

Citing "a profound shift" in worldwide threats, the Army is updating its rulebook on how to wage war.

The two new field manuals — one defining the Army and its role, the other telling how it will operate — say the Army must be prepared for everything from fighting wars to supporting civil governments in humanitarian crises.

Manuals, which were being released yesterday, the Army´s 226th anniversary, are updated about every seven years.

White House threatens to veto farm aid

The White House is threatening to veto supplemental farm aid if lawmakers try to spend more than $5.5 billion, saying that is enough money to meet any apparent need.

In a letter delivered to the House Agriculture Committee late Wednesday, Budget Director Mitch Daniels said rising prices for some commodities are "improving the prospects for many farmers and ranchers."

Congress has provided $25 billion in special payments to farmers over the past three years to supplement federal subsidy programs, and farm groups have asked for as much as $7 billion more this year.

This spring´s congressional budget agreement set aside $5.5 billion for farmers that must be spent by Sept. 30, but the House committee also plans to dip into funds earmarked for the 2002 budget year, which begins Oct. 1. The veto threat isn´t going to change the panel´s mind, spokesman Keith Williams said yesterday.

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