Tuesday, November 20, 2001

Top general to attend NATO talks, visit Bosnia
Air Force Gen. Richard Myers, chairman of the U.S. military Joint Chiefs of Staff, departed Washington yesterday on a four-day trip to Belgium and Bosnia-Herzegovina, the Pentagon said.
Gen. Myers was scheduled to attend meetings of the North Atlantic Council Military Committee and NATO chiefs of staff today and tomorrow at Atlantic alliance headquarters in Brussels.
Tomorrow, he will fly to Tuzla in Bosnia to visit commanders and U.S. peacekeeping troops on Thursday’s Thanksgiving Day holiday. Gen. Myers was expected to return to Washington on Thursday night.

Comics coordinate Thanksgiving Day tribute
BALTIMORE Beetle Bailey, Blondie, Dennis the Menace and other stars of the comics pages will honor heroes and victims of September 11 in a Thanksgiving Day tribute.
Creators of 100 comic strips are joining in the effort, which also aims to raise money for victims of the terror attacks.
In one strip that will appear in Thursday’s newspapers, Dennis the Menace says a prayer for “family, friends, heroes and freedom.” In another, parents of the curious baby Marvin notice that he has more interest than usual in his toy firetrucks and police cars.
Each of the strips will include the Internet address of a charity Web site, www.networkforgood.org.

Security breacher faces no federal charges
ATLANTA A man responsible for shutting down Atlanta’s Hartsfield International Airport for more than three hours last week, grounding flights and stranding thousands of travelers, will not face federal charges, prosecutors said yesterday.
Michael Lasseter, 32, was arrested by police Friday after he ran through a security checkpoint in a bid to retrieve a lost camera bag. The security breach prompted airport officials to evacuate up to 10,000 passengers and ground flights for several hours.
“It’s not like he got on a plane or interfered with a flight crew,” said Patrick Crosby, a spokesman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Atlanta, who noted that Mr. Lasseter had broken no federal laws.
Mr. Lasseter, a bank executive from Gainesville, Ga., still faces a disorderly conduct charge in Clayton County, Ga., stemming from the shutdown of Hartsfield, the world’s busiest airport.

Study: Doctors would participate in execution
PHILADELPHIA Many doctors would be willing to participate in an execution, even though it violates the Hippocratic oath to do no harm and is prohibited by medical societies, a survey says.
Asked whether they would perform any action on a list of 10 involving the mechanics of lethal injection, 41 percent of doctors who responded to a questionnaire said they would perform at least one; 25 percent said they would perform five or more.
The questionnaire was mailed to 1,000 randomly selected practicing physicians nationwide and 413 responded. The results appear today in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

Hustler sues to report on troops at front
Hustler magazine publisher Larry Flynt has sued the Defense Department for the right to send reporters to the front lines in Afghanistan.
“The actions of American soldiers on the ground in Afghanistan are of great interest and concern to American citizens,” Mr. Flynt’s attorney said in the lawsuit filed last week.
The Pentagon turned down his request to allow writers to accompany troops on combat missions because of “the highly dangerous and unique nature” of the operations, according to a letter Mr. Flynt said he received this month from Pentagon spokeswoman Victoria Clarke

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