- The Washington Times - Thursday, November 1, 2001

Judges reverse ValuJet crash verdicts
MIAMI A federal appeals court yesterday threw out eight of nine convictions and most of an $11 million penalty against a defunct jet-repair company blamed for the 1996 ValuJet crash that killed 110 persons.
The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta said federal law at the time of the crash did not support SabreTech's 1999 conviction and sentence on eight counts of causing the transportation of hazardous materials.
"This was a tragic accident," Judge Joel Dubina wrote. But "SabreTech and its employees did not intend to kill these people."

No. 2 man at FBI to retire this month
FBI Deputy Director Thomas Pickard, who has headed the bureau's investigation of the September 11 attack on America and the mailing of anthrax-laced letters in Florida, New York and Washington, said yesterday he will retire at the end of November after 27 years with the FBI.
Mr. Pickard plans to return to his native New York, where he is expected to consider several pending job offers. FBI officials said he decided "some time ago" to leave the bureau but stayed because of the terror investigations.
FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III described Mr. Pickard, 50, as a "dedicated investigator and innovative manager," while Attorney General John Ashcroft lauded the veteran agent as a "long-serving soldier in the ongoing war against terrorism."

Paul Warnke, 81, dies after long illness
Paul C. Warnke, an arms-control negotiator and defense adviser for three Democratic presidents, died yesterday at his home of a coronary embolism after a lengthy illness. He was 81.
While he is best remembered as chief U.S. negotiator for the 1978 Strategic Arms Limitation Talks, Mr. Warnke also served as Lyndon Johnson's assistant secretary of defense for international security affairs. He was a key figure in Americanizing the Vietnam War, pushing for U.S. military involvement.
He is survived by his wife, Jean, and five children.

Scientist claims anthrax 'disinfectant'
An Austrian medical specialist said yesterday that he and his colleagues discovered a substance that can destroy anthrax within seconds.
The substance acts as an anthrax "disinfectant," killing deadly spores in envelopes, on surfaces, on the skin and even in the nose, scientist Apostolos Georgopolous of Vienna General Hospital's microbiology laboratory told Agence France-Presse.

Gold found in WTC ruins
NEW YORK Two truckloads of gold ingots have been unearthed from the ruins of the World Trade Center and were removed under armed guard by federal agents, the New York Daily News reported yesterday.
The paper, quoting unidentified sources and workers at the site, said the gold was found in a delivery tunnel under the complex that was destroyed on September 11.

Children removed from Christian school
BETHEL, Mo. Authorities have removed more than 100 children from a school for troubled youths because of an accusation of child abuse, school officials said yesterday.
It was the third abuse charge involving Heartland Christian Academy in the past five months. Authorities removed 115 children from the rural school in northeast Missouri on Tuesday and took them to a juvenile center in nearby Kirksville.

Pentagon to increase military call-up
The U.S. military has decided to go beyond its original plan and will call more than 50,000 part-time troops to active duty in the wake of September 11 attacks on America, the Pentagon said yesterday.
The armed services have already activated 41,392 Reserve and National Guard troops from all of the services for "homeland defense" and other tasks under an order signed earlier by President Bush


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