- The Washington Times - Thursday, November 29, 2001

Court suspends judge involved in altercation
NEW ORLEANS A judge who shoved another justice into a table during a dispute over whether one should hire a congressman's sister-in-law was suspended yesterday by the Louisiana Supreme Court.
Judge Charles R. Jones was suspended without pay from the 4th Circuit Court of Appeal for 30 days.
According to the commission, Judge Steve Plotkin wound up on the floor, bleeding, after arguing with Judge Jones about the proposed hiring of Vanessa Green, the sister-in-law of Democratic Rep. William J. Jefferson.
The commission said Judge Jones, who is black, wanted to hire Mrs. Green, a black lawyer, for a court staff job without advertising the job or interviewing anyone else. After advertisements were run, the committee narrowed the applicants to six, including Mrs. Green, who ended up taking another job.

President creates Council on Bioethics
President Bush yesterday created a Council on Bioethics to study such ethical issues as embryo and stem-cell research, cloning and assisted fertilization.
The council, to be composed of 18 paid members appointed by the president from the fields of science, medicine, law, government, philosophy and theology, is to probe how best to manage the intersection of moral and scientific matters.
"In pursuit of this goal, the council shall be guided by the need to articulate fully the complex and often competing moral positions on any given issue, rather than by an overriding concern to find a consensus," Mr. Bush's executive order states.
The council will exist for two years unless Mr. Bush extends its life and will have the power to conduct inquiries, hold hearings and set up subcommittees.

Firefighter buried in wrong grave
NEW YORK A firefighter killed at the World Trade Center was buried in the wrong grave after the Medical Examiner's Office mistakenly identified him as one of his fallen colleagues.
Christopher Santora, 23, was mistakenly identified as co-worker Jose Guadalupe because both men had the same congenital anomaly in two vertebrae. Additional DNA testing turned up the mistake on Tuesday, the Medical Examiner's Office said yesterday.
Mr. Santora's body was buried by Mr. Guadalupe's family on Oct. 1, with Mr. Santora's family attending the funeral. Mr. Santora's body was to be disinterred yesterday. A memorial service for him that his parents had scheduled for Saturday will become a funeral instead.

Pentagon to launch missile defense test
The Pentagon plans to conduct a missile-defense test Saturday in which an interceptor rocket fired from the central Pacific will attempt to shoot down a mock warhead soaring through space, officials said yesterday.
The test, which is designed to stay within the limits of the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty governing missile defenses, had been scheduled for Oct. 24, but was delayed because of technical problems.
Administration officials have said the September 11 terrorist attacks, while not involving missiles, show the country is vulnerable to unconventional surprise attack and one day this could come from missiles.
Saturday's test, in which a missile interceptor is fired from the Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall Islands to chase down an intercontinental-range missile carrying a mock nuclear warhead, will be the first since July. That test was successful, although the previous one in July 2000 failed.
The missile-intercept tests cost about $100 million each.

Cincinnati police kill black man in shooting
CINCINNATI Police killed a black man yesterday in the second such shooting since rioting erupted in April over another black man's death.
Four officers both black and white were checking out a report of a gunman involved in an apparent robbery at a bus stop north of downtown and shot the suspect during a chase, authorities said.
Police Chief Thomas Streicher said police were trying to reconstruct what happened. At least 40 people witnessed either the robbery attempt or the police chase


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