- The Washington Times - Wednesday, June 6, 2001

U.S. court hears Sharpton appeal

BOSTON — A three-judge appeals panel barred supporters of the Rev. Al Sharpton as the civil rights activists lawyers argued inside a closed courtroom yesterday for his freedom.
Mr. Sharpton and three New York politicians were jailed last month for protesting against bombing runs by Navy warplanes on the Puerto Rican island of Vieques.
Inside the crowded seventh-floor courtroom, Assistant U.S. Attorney Peter Strasser urged that the sentences — 90 days for Mr. Sharpton and 40 days for the others — be upheld. "People are taking the law into their own hands, and we must promote respect for the law," Mr. Strasser told the panel.
But Harvard Law School professor Charles Ogletree, representing Mr. Sharpton and his co-defendants, told the panel their trial "was a travesty and a mockery of justice."

Lawmakers approve Internet gambling bill
CARSON CITY, Nev. — Legislators have approved a bill allowing Nevada to become the first state in the nation to offer Internet gambling, a jackpot that could be worth $6 billion to casinos by 2003.
Lawmakers approved the bill Monday even though the Justice Department considers Internet gambling illegal. State officials say court challenges could change the federal governments position.
Experts estimate that revenue from Internet gambling largely conducted by offshore companies because of the U.S. ban reached $1.5 billion last year and could quadruple by 2003.

6 Ohio schools targeted in meningitis outbreak

CANTON, Ohio — Ohio health officials are recommending that nearly 6,000 students be vaccinated to protect them from a meningitis outbreak that has killed two high school students. A third is seriously ill.
Health officials will start administering the shots Friday to students in six schools in and around the northeastern Ohio city of Alliance.

Father enters plea in sons death
PARK CITY, Utah — A father whose 2-year-old son froze to death after being left in a pickup truck while the man went hunting pleaded no contest yesterday to negligent homicide.
Paul Wayments plea could bring up to a year in jail and a $2,500 fine, but Summit County States Attorney Robert Adkins told 3rd District Judge Robert K. Hilder he would not ask for jail time.
Wayment, 37, left his son, Gage, alone in his pickup Oct. 26 while he scouted a private hunting area in northeastern Utah. When Wayment returned to his truck 40 minutes to an hour later, his son had vanished, he said.
After a five-day search that was hampered by a snowstorm, a volunteer rescuer found Gages body under 2 to 4 inches of snow. An autopsy determined the boy died from hypothermia.

Cancer death rates declining, report says
Cancer death rates are steadily declining due to better screening and treatment and less smoking, but a worrisome rise in breast cancer has resulted in a slight uptick in cancer cases among women, researchers said yesterday in an annual report on cancer in America.
The report found that overall cancer death rates rose from 1973 to 1991, then fell 1.1 percent annually from 1992 to 1998. One exception is a rise in womens lung cancer death rates.

Calmer seas bring more Cuban migrants
MIAMI — Calmer seas and better weather have prompted a rise in the number of illegal Cuban migrants making the journey over the Florida Straits to the United States from the communist-run island, a U.S. official said yesterday.
Border Patrol spokesman Joe Melia said about 75 Cuban migrants had been picked up in the Florida Keys entering the United States illegally since the beginning of June, including a large group of 34 who landed in Islamorada Saturday night and 27 others who arrived in Tavernier Monday.


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