- The Washington Times - Saturday, October 20, 2001

Bus depot cleared due to blast threat
PHILADELPHIA A downtown bus terminal was evacuated yesterday after a station employee found an unclaimed suitcase containing plastic explosives and 1,000 feet of blasting cord.
No detonation devices were found in the bag and there was little danger of the materials exploding accidentally, said Lt. Tom Fitzpatrick of the city's bomb squad.
But the 1/3 pound of C-4 explosives would have had enough power to level the station, he said.
"That's a lot of punch," Lt. Fitzpatrick said. "We would have been looking for a new bus terminal."
Authorities said they do not yet know where the C-4 came from and why it was placed in the terminal. An employee at the terminal who sorts through unclaimed luggage to give clothing to homeless organizations discovered the puttylike material, authorities said.
C-4 was developed for the U.S. military in the Vietnam era. It was used in the USS Cole bombing, which killed 17 U.S. sailors last October in an attack blamed on Osama bin Laden.

Woman uses credit card of victim, police say
NEW YORK A woman is accused of using the credit card of a friend who died in the World Trade Center collapse to go on a $4,600 shopping spree, authorities said.
Sandra Miranda, 35, is charged with taking the credit card when she went to Laura Gilly's Brooklyn apartment to feed Miss Gilly's cat after the Sept. 11 attacks.
Miss Gilly was one of 700 Cantor Fitzgerald firm employees who died in the attacks on the two towers.
Miss Miranda was charged Thursday with forgery, grand larceny and criminal possession of stolen property.
According to court records, Miss Miranda is accused of going on a shopping spree at the Staten Island Mall, buying some $600 in clothes and accessories and $2,000 in jewelry. She also bought about $2,000 worth of religious statues, charges show.
The goods were recovered at Miss Miranda's apartment, police said.
On Sept. 28, Miss Gilly's parents got their daughter's MasterCard bill, which showed the items were billed to her account between Sept. 15 and Sept. 18, court records show.

Florida Supreme Court limits DNA testing
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. The Florida Supreme Court has ruled that only criminals convicted at trial not those who have pleaded guilty or no contest can ask for DNA testing to clear their names.
The unsigned 4-3 decision was announced Thursday.
The decision would also let judges, "on a showing of good cause," allow defendants to use an independent testing lab instead of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.
To qualify for testing, defendants must show how DNA would exonerate them or change their sentence.
In the dissent, Justice Harry Anstead said "we should enthusiastically embrace the use of this science."
The request to make post-conviction DNA testing available to all inmates who could raise legitimate questions about their guilt had been unanimously endorsed by the Florida Bar Board of Governors.

Ferrer endorses Green for New York mayor
NEW YORK Ending a brief feud, primary loser Fernando Ferrer endorsed Democratic mayoral nominee Mark Green yesterday.
"We pledge to work together in the coming weeks and years to ensure a campaign and a mayoral administration that includes all New Yorkers," the pair said in a statement.
Mr. Ferrer conceded to Mr. Green on election night, but backtracked this week after learning Mr. Green's lead in the Democratic runoff had narrowed as the votes were counted.
The count remains incomplete, but Mr. Green leads by about 19,000 votes.
The final tally is expected by this weekend.
Mr. Green faces Republican media mogul Michael Bloomberg in the general election Nov. 6.

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