- The Washington Times - Sunday, October 21, 2001

Hyde: Avoid Iraq war, rebuild Afghanistan
The United States should concentrate on building a postwar Afghan government and avoid attacking Iraq once its military campaign against the Taliban and the al Qaeda network is over, a senior lawmaker said yesterday.
Rep. Henry J. Hyde of Illinois, the Republican chairman of the House International Relations Committee, said attacking Iraq with or without evidence it was involved in the Sept. 11 attacks against Washington and New York "would be a big mistake."
"I do think we should watch Mr. Hussein, Saddam Hussein, and try to erode his authority, drive a wedge between him and the Iraqi people. But as far as launching an all-out war, I think that would be a mistake," Mr. Hyde said in an interview on CNN.

Fire on Navy ship kills sailor, injures 7
INGLESIDE, Texas A fire that broke out during a training exercise on the USS Inchon killed one sailor and injured seven others, Navy officials said.
One sailor remained in serious condition yesterday. The six others were treated and released after the fire Friday afternoon, said Lt. Marc Boyd, spokesman for the Mine Warfare Command in Corpus Christi.
The dead sailor was identified as Petty Officer 3rd Class Ronnie Joe Palm Jr. of Houston.
Officer Palm, 21, had been in the Navy for two years, officials said.

2 bodies identified from Japanese ship
HONOLULU Navy divers have recovered the bodies of six Japanese men and students killed when their fishing ship was struck by a U.S. submarine, and officials plan to begin taking the victims' relatives to the site.
Divers found two bodies aboard the sunken vessel on Friday. The medical examiner's staff also identified two other bodies retrieved earlier this week as Toshimichi Furuya, the Ehime Maru's chief engineer, and Toshiya Sakashima, a student at Uwajima Fisheries High School.
Their ship was struck by the USS Greeneville on Feb. 9 as the submarine was conducting an emergency surfacing drill.
Twenty-six persons on board the ship were rescued; four other teen-age boys and five men were never found and were believed to have drowned.

Judge throws out sex-harassment suit
TAMPA, Fla. A judge threw out a sexual harassment lawsuit against ousted Seminole Tribal Chairman James E. Billie, saying Indian tribes are exempt from such suits under federal law.
Christine O'Donnell, the tribe's former director of administration, had charged that Mr. Billie got her pregnant, forced her to have an abortion and then fired her, paying her off with $100,000 in tribal funds.
U.S. District Judge Donald M. Middlebrook said the allegations are "disturbing," but said he had no choice. He issued his ruling Thursday.

Arizonan pleads not guilty to lying
PHOENIX An Arizona man has pleaded not guilty to charges that he lied to federal investigators about his ties to the suspected hijacker who flew American Airlines Flight 77 into the Pentagon on Sept. 11, court officials said.
Faisal Michael Al Salmi, 34, entered the plea Friday in U.S. District Court in Phoenix amid heavy security. He is charged with two counts of giving false testimony to FBI agents about knowing Hani Hanjour and another man being investigated for connections to the attacks.
Mr. Al Salmi, who spoke through an interpreter, faces a maximum of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine on each count if convicted.

Teen-ager's body found in bushes
SHORELINE, Wash. Several middle school students who saw a teen-ager's dead body in the bushes didn't immediately report it because they were scared or thought it was a hoax, authorities said. For two days, the students led each other to a nearby public library to peer at the body of the 16-year-old shooting victim lying in the rain-soaked bushes.
Authorities say they don't know how many children went to the lot next to the library; some had returned and brought their friends.
"My son thought they were playing a joke on him," said Pamela Rapinan.
Dustin Rakestraw, of Seattle, had died of a gunshot wound to the head, according to the King County Medical Examiner's Office.

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