- The Washington Times - Tuesday, March 20, 2001

Judge approves of McVeigh agreement

DENVER A judge said yesterday he approves of Timothy McVeigh's agreement with a coroner and the government that no autopsy would be conducted after he is executed for the Oklahoma City bombing.

But the judge said he lacks the authority to order that no autopsy be performed.

Lawyers for McVeigh, the federal government and the coroner in Vigo County, Ind., signed the agreement March 9.

McVeigh's lawyer said he expects the agreement will be honored.

"We anticipate no problems," McVeigh lawyer Rob Nigh Jr. said yesterday.

Judge sentences supremacist pastor

GAINESVILLE, Mo. A white supremacist pastor was sentenced to 30 years in prison yesterday for abducting six of his grandchildren and keeping them at his farm to indoctrinate them.

Circuit Judge William Mauer followed a jury's recommendation in sentencing the Rev. Gordon Winrod to the maximum punishment.

Winrod, 74, was convicted on six counts of child abduction. The children remained at his secluded farm in the Ozarks for several years until police found them last year. They have since undergone mental health treatment in North Dakota.

The pastor of Our Savior's Church has been linked to the Christian Identity movement, which considers white Christians superior to nonwhites and Jews.

Two sentenced in slaying of tourist

LOS ANGELES A man who fatally shot a German tourist in a botched robbery was sentenced yesterday to serve from 35 years to life in prison, while an accomplice was given 16 years to life.

Superior Court Judge Lance Ito imposed sentence on 23-year-old Lamont Dion Santos after reading an impassioned letter from the tourist's widow that described the horror of watching her husband murdered.

Judge Ito convicted Santos last month of first-degree murder, attempted murder and attempted robbery, in a trial without jury. All three defendants in the case waived a jury trial.

False smoke alarm interrupts station crew

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. On their first day flying solo, the three new residents of the international space station got a scare yesterday when a smoke alarm went off.

It turned out to be a false alarm. The Russian commander and his American crew mates were relieved about that, but irritated by an apparently unrelated computer problem that prevented them from quickly pulling up all the precautionary measures on a screen.

NASA believes that dust stirred up by the crew may have triggered the alarm or that the smoke detector may be defective.

Rolling blackouts return to California

SACRAMENTO, Calif. Traffic lights and computer screens went dark yesterday in Beverly Hills, Silicon Valley and other communities up and down California as rolling blackouts swept across the state.

The keepers of the state's power grid ordered the outages after electricity reserves fell almost to zero because of a transformer fire, high demand and a lack of power imports.

Police officers and sheriff's deputies scrambled to direct traffic at intersections. At the Public Utilities Commission in San Francisco, deputy chief of staff Harriett Burt worked through the outage with a battery-powered lantern.

Ford casting plant to reopen

CLEVELAND A Ford Motor Co. casting plant linked to a deadly outbreak of Legionnaires' disease was cleared to resume making engines yesterday after health officials pronounced the newly scrubbed factory safe.

The Cleveland Casting Plant of 2,500 employees closed Wednesday after four workers developed Legionnaires' disease, which has pneumonialike symptoms. Two of the men died as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention investigated.

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