- The Washington Times - Monday, March 19, 2001

Teen shooting suspect said to be depressed

SAN DIEGO Andy Williams, the 15-year-old accused of killing two classmates at Santana High School in nearby Santee, grew increasingly depressed in the days before the shootings, according to a friend.

Bullying from classmates, the loss of his girlfriend and homesickness over his move from a small Maryland town left him more and more distraught, according to a report in yesterday's edition of the San Diego Union-Tribune.

"You could clearly tell he was getting progressively unhappy," Kathleen Seek, 16, the former girlfriend from Brunswick, Md., told the newspaper.

Ashcroft promises diversity at Justice

Attorney General John Ashcroft took his oath of office for the first time in public at a ceremony yesterday and said the Justice Department would be dedicated to diversity under his tenure.

The program included a black gospel chorus, black speakers and a black pastor singing a song Mr. Ashcroft wrote. Mr. Ashcroft was sworn in privately by Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas on Feb. 1 and took the oath a second time in a closed White House event with President Bush on Tuesday.

Probe links bin Laden to Yemen bombing

Investigators have found a link between Islamic militant Osama bin Laden and the October attack on a U.S. destroyer in Yemen that killed 17 sailors, according to a report released yesterday.

U.S. investigators have identified a security adviser to bin Laden as the intermediary between the Saudi-born businessman and those who planned the attack on the USS Cole, Newsweek reports.

Yemen has arrested six suspects in connection with the Oct. 12 suicide attack in Aden harbor. One of them, Jamal Badawi, told Yemeni police he was trained in a bin Laden-run terrorist camp in Afghanistan. Mr. Badawi met his co-conspirators in Afghanistan, including the adviser, Tawfiq Atash, the newsmagazine said.

Mamas and Papas songwriter dies

LOS ANGELES Songwriter John Phillips, who as a member of the Mamas and the Papas penned "California Dreamin' " and other hits by the 1960s pop group, died yesterday morning. He was 65.

Mr. Phillips died of heart failure at the University of California, Los Angeles Medical Center. "His personality is going to be sorely missed," said Harvey Goldberg, a longtime friend and producer. "His music is going to be sorely missed."

Mr. Phillips was the principal songwriter for the Mamas and the Papas. In 1966, the band won a Grammy for best contemporary group performance for the single "Monday, Monday."

"They were really the American band that ended the British invasion," Mr. Goldberg said. "There was an intelligence to his lyrics, but not to the point of highbrow."

Spy satellite project to cost $25 billion

LOS ANGELES Aerospace companies are covertly recruiting engineers in Southern California to build a new generation of spy satellites for a project estimated to be worth up to $25 billion over two decades, the Los Angeles Times reported yesterday.

Details are classified, but analysts believe the "Future Imagery Architecture" project of the National Reconnaissance Organization will create satellites that are harder to detect and can operate farther out in space than current probes. The satellites will be able to take pictures of military compounds anywhere in the world in darkness or through cloud cover.

Doctor operates on wrong knee

SARANAC LAKE, N.Y. A surgeon who mistakenly operated on a man's healthy hip five years ago has performed surgery on another patient's healthy knee, even though the leg intended for surgery was marked "Yes."

As a result, Dr. Craig DuMond will no longer practice at the Adirondack Medical Center, hospital president and CEO Chandler Ralph told the Adirondack Daily Enterprise.

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