- The Washington Times - Wednesday, October 10, 2001

Senate delays hearing of Dorr nomination

A Senate committee has delayed indefinitely consideration of an Agriculture Department nominee who has been criticized for remarks regarding minorities and the benefits of large-scale farming.

The Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee postponed a confirmation hearing for Thomas Dorr in late September because some witnesses were unable to travel to Washington, aides said.

Now, the committee is going to work on an extensive revision of farm and nutrition programs and won't consider the Dorr nomination until that work is finished, Seth Boffeli, a spokesman for the committee's chairman, Sen. Tom Harkin, Iowa Democrat, said yesterday.

Flag-burning suspect must avoid Old Glory

NOBLESVILLE, Ind. A man accused of burning an American flag was ordered to stay away from U.S. flags if he is released from jail.

David H. Stout remained in jail last night, a day after Judge Wayne Sturtevant lowered his bond to $2,000 from $9,000. Mr. Stout has been in jail since his Sept. 30 arrest on misdemeanor charges of flag desecration and resisting law enforcement.

Mr. Stout is accused of resisting officers called to investigate a complaint that he was burning a flag in an alley behind his home. Indiana is one of 48 states with laws against flag desecration.

Simpson prosecutors to seek prison sentence

MIAMI Prosecutors said yesterday they will seek a prison sentence if O.J. Simpson is convicted in his road-rage trial, reversing themselves just before the start of jury selection.

Miami's top prosecutor had previously said the former football great and actor was unlikely to face jail time over the incident. When charges were filed in December, State's Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle had said anger-control counseling was the expected punishment upon a conviction.

Man charged in cockpit break-in

CHICAGO A 31-year-old man characterized as mentally ill was charged yesterday with interfering with a flight crew for breaking into a Chicago-bound airliner's cockpit Monday, causing the plane to pitch and triggering a distress call that sent military jets speeding to the scene.

Alexander Coburn, displaying a gash on his head and a bandaged right wrist, appeared calm and consulted with his court-appointed attorney in the brief hearing before a federal magistrate in Chicago.

Mr. Coburn, who offered easy responses to the magistrate's questions, was ordered held in a federal lockup until a bail hearing scheduled for Monday.

Osprey manufacturers to pay Marine's family

FORT WORTH, Texas The manufacturers of the Osprey have agreed to pay more than $1 million to the family of a Marine killed in one of two deadly crashes of the aircraft, the family's attorney said.

Robert Parks, attorney for the family of Lt. Col. Keith Sweaney, 42, said he was preparing a lawsuit against Boeing Co. and Bell Helicopter Textron, which make the Osprey. He said they agreed to pay "substantially more" than $1 million after a mediation session last month in Washington.

Col. Sweaney, of Stafford, Va., was among four Marines killed in December when their Osprey crashed and burned in the woods near Jacksonville, N.C., on the way back from a training flight.

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