- The Washington Times - Friday, March 9, 2001

Defendant identified by embassy employee

NEW YORK A U.S. embassy employee yesterday pointed to a defendant as the man he saw tossing explosives toward a guard just before the 1998 bombing that devastated the embassy in Kenya.
Charles Mwaka Mula said in court that he spotted Mohamed Rashed Daoud Owhali getting out of a truck outside the embassy as Mr. Mula was leaving.
It was the first time a witness has placed a defendant at either of the Aug. 7, 1998, bombings at U.S. embassies in Nairobi, Kenya, and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, that killed 224 persons.

U.S. drug fighters use outdated radios

U.S. drug-fighting agents still use radios that can be intercepted by traffickers, suffer from outdated information on drug movements and are further hampered because the military gives interdiction low priority, a Customs Service review says.
The report by retired Army Gen. George Joulwan recommends shifting more counterdrug operations from the military to the Customs Service.

Shooting suspect clashed with bullies

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. The 14-year-old girl accused of shooting a classmate in a Roman Catholic school this week had recently clashed with school bullies over their treatment of an Asian girl, her lawyer said yesterday.
Attorney George Lepley said the eighth-grade suspect had been at odds with a group of students who harassed outcasts at Bishop Neumann High School.
The girl is charged as a juvenile with shooting 13-year-old Kimberly Marchese in the shoulder with a .22-caliber revolver.

Budget woes force Coast Guard cutbacks

The Coast Guard, facing a $91 million budget deficit, has reduced air and sea patrols by 10 percent.
Unless Congress comes up with the money to fill in the gap, the agency will have to scale back its patrols by around a third this summer, Coast Guard Commandant Adm. James Loy told a House Transportation and Infrastructure subcommittee yesterday.

Most Americans fail to get enough exercise

ATLANTA Just one in four U.S. adults exercised enough in the 1990s, the government said yesterday.
Only 25.4 percent of adults met government recommendations for physical activity in 1998, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said. Almost 30 percent reported no physical activity at all.

Federal employees owe $2.5 billion in taxes

Federal employees, including members of Congress and their staffs, owe the government more than $2.5 billion in taxes.
The tax-delinquency rate for federal employees and retirees as of October 2000 was 2.9 percent, compared with 5.7 percent for the U.S. population as a whole, the Internal Revenue Service reported yesterday.

Discovery lifts off for space station

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. Space shuttle Discovery soared into the dawn yesterday, carrying a new crew to the International Space Station to relieve the three men who have been toiling in orbit for the past four months.
The shuttle will catch up with the space station, Alpha, early tomorrow, and the fresh crew and the weary one will immediately begin trading places.

Families get millions in sailboat wreck suit

CHARLESTON, S.C. Families who accused the Coast Guard of botching a rescue, leading to the death of four persons in a sailboat wreck, were awarded almost $19 million from the federal government yesterday.
Michael Cornett, 49, and his two sons, Michael Paul, 16, and Daniel, 13, died in the wreck of the sailboat in 1997. Bobby Lee Hurd Jr., their 14-year-old cousin, also was killed.
"This tragedy was avoidable," U.S. District Judge David Norton wrote in his 64-page decision.

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