- The Washington Times - Thursday, October 18, 2001

Divers locate body from Japanese ship
HONOLULU Navy divers have recovered the body of one of the nine men and boys killed when their Japanese fishing boat was accidentally sunk by a U.S. submarine eight months ago.
Divers using cameras spotted the body Tuesday before entering the Ehime Maru, said Lt. Cmdr. Gregg Baumann, a spokesman for the operation. The body was taken to the Honolulu medical examiner's office for identification.
Navy officials gave few details about the discovery, saying they didn't want to raise false expectations by giving details of where the body was found. Relatives of the nine victims roughly knew where on the ship their loved ones were.

Drug trafficking up during terrorism war
Illegal drug trafficking in the Caribbean is up 25 percent, probably because traffickers see an opportunity with U.S. law enforcement focused on terrorism, Drug Enforcement Administrator Asa Hutchinson said yesterday.
Mr. Hutchinson couldn't say whether the rise would translate into more drugs coming into the United States. The DEA has been stretched thin since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, he told the House Coast Guard and maritime transportation subcommittee.
More than 100 DEA agents have been pressed into service as marshals aboard airplanes, and 40 DEA intelligence analysts are working closely with the FBI.

No evidence found bin Laden using Web
SAN FRANCISCO Amid heightened concern about cyber-terrorism, U.S. scientists said they have found no signs that Osama bin Laden and his al Qaeda network have used technology to hide secret messages on the Internet.
Computer science researchers at the University of Michigan said they had written a program to detect messages hidden inside photos on the Web, but had come up empty-handed.
They began their search following a February report in USA Today that cited unidentified U.S. officials and experts saying bin Laden's associates used special technology to hide secret messages inside innocent-looking photos on the Web.

Jurors selected for O.J.'s road-rage trial
MIAMI An eight-member jury was selected yesterday for the road-rage trial of former football player O.J. Simpson.
Simpson faces up to 16 years in prison if convicted of felony auto burglary and misdemeanor battery charges over an encounter with a motorist on Dec. 4, 2000. The trial begins today.

Banning convicts ruled unconstitutional
COLUMBUS, Ohio The Ohio Supreme Court yesterday declared unconstitutional a Cincinnati law that bans convicted drug offenders from certain parts of the city.
The 1996 law created drug-exclusion zones as part of the city's fight against drug-related crime.
The court, in a 6-1 ruling, said that the law violates the right to travel protected by the U.S. Constitution. The court also said the city cannot impose an additional punishment for an offense under state law.
The city stopped enforcing the law last year after a federal court made a similar ruling.

Court strikes down fund-raising method
AUSTIN, Texas A federal appeals court has struck down the way Texas pays for legal services for the poor in civil cases.
The Texas Supreme Court requires lawyers to deposit into special, interest-bearing accounts client money that is too small or kept too short a time to earn interest. The $5.3 million of annual interest generated in the special account is then used to provide legal assistance to poor Texans.
In a 2-1 decision on Monday, a panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said the interest income is the property of the clients whose money is deposited, not the government's.
Every state but Indiana employs a similar method, said Richard Samp, chief counsel for the Washington Legal Foundation.

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