- The Washington Times - Wednesday, May 30, 2001

Military plane crashes in Florida
FORT PIERCE, Fla. — A single-seat Navy jet fighter on a training mission crashed nose-first yesterday on a ranch northeast of Lake Okeechobee, killing the pilot.
The St. Lucie County Sheriffs Office said witnesses saw the plane go down about 10:30 a.m. on the V Bar 2 Ranch.
The Navy identified the pilot as Lt. Com. David E. Casher, 40.
The F/A-18C Hornet took off from Oceana Naval Air Station in Virginia Beach on a routine training mission to Key West.

Sharpton fasting over Vieques exercises

NEW YORK — The Rev. Al Sharpton began a hunger strike in jail yesterday to publicize the Navy bombing exercises on the Puerto Rican island of Vieques and his arrest protesting them, his lawyer said.
Mr. Sharpton was arrested in Puerto Rico with three other men for taking part in protests May 1 against the Navys use of Vieques for military exercises. A federal judge in Puerto Rico sentenced Mr. Sharpton to serve 90 days.

Missouri high court upholds hate law

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. The Missouri Supreme Court upheld the states hate-crime law yesterday, allowing a case against a Ku Klux Klan member to proceed.
The court overturned a trial judges ruling that the law was unconstitutionally vague. The 4-3 decision reinstated a felony charge against Joseph Callen, accused of trespassing at a plasma center managed by a black woman.
Trespassing is a misdemeanor punishable by up to six months in jail and a fine up to $500. But a 1999 Missouri law allows enhanced penalties for crimes "motivated because of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation or disability of the victim."
In Mr. Callens case, the charge was raised to a felony punishable by up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $5,000.

Remains of U.S. troops found in North Korea

Remains believed to be those of three U.S. troops missing in action from the Korean War have been found in North Korea and will arrive in Hawaii today, the Defense Department said.
The Pentagon said the remains, recovered this month by a joint U.S.-North Korean search team operating in Unsan and Kujang counties and along the Chong Chon River about 60 miles north of Pyongyang, were repatriated at Yokota Air Base in Japan yesterday.
More than 8,100 U.S. troops are still missing in action from the Korean war.

Governor may call special session

AUSTIN, Texas — Texas lawmakers adjourned their session without passing a congressional redistricting plan, prompting the governor to consider calling a special session.
Gov. Rick Perry said he expects to make a decision on whether to call a special session in a "relatively short period of time." If the Legislature doesnt act, the task of reconfiguring congressional districts to reflect the 2000 census goes to the Legislative Redistricting Board.

Judge dismisses psychiatrists suit

SAN FRANCISCO — A homosexual psychiatrist owes the Air Force more than $71,000 for his education because he failed to fulfill his active duty obligation, a judge has ruled.
U.S. District Judge William Alsup ruled yesterday that Dr. John Hensala, a former Air Force captain, should be required to pay back the government because he voluntarily announced he was homosexual and should have known the consequences of violating the "dont ask, dont tell" policy.
The Air Force contended Dr. Hensala announced he was homosexual simply to avoid active duty military service. The government paid for Dr. Hensalas education at Northwestern Universitys medical school under a program that required four years of active duty military service after graduation.


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