- The Washington Times - Wednesday, October 24, 2001

Jury indicts analyst on spy charges
ALEXANDRIA A federal grand jury yesterday charged former Air Force intelligence analyst Brian P. Regan with attempted espionage.
Regan, of Bowie, was arrested on Aug. 23 at Washington Dulles International Airport as he was preparing to leave the country.
Prosecutors say Regan, a retired master sergeant who worked for a defense contractor and had access to top-secret national security information, tried to give classified documents to a foreign country, identified as Libya.

Breyer criticizes court colleagues
NEW YORK Supreme Court Justice Stephen G. Breyer, in a subtle jab at his conservative colleagues, said those who favor strict construction of the Constitution aren't necessarily following the framers' wishes.
The men who wrote the Constitution left many important areas open to interpretation, Justice Breyer said in a speech Monday at New York University School of Law.
"Those more literalist judges who emphasize language, history, tradition and precedent cannot justify their practices by claiming that is what the framers wanted," Justice Breyer said. "For the framers did not say specifically what factors judges should emphasize when seeking to interpret the Constitution's open language." Five of the court's nine justices, including Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist, are generally conservative.

Court upholds environmental sentence
SAN FRANCISCO A U.S. appeals court yesterday upheld a 17-year sentence against an Idaho businessman the longest prison term ever handed down for an environmental crime but threw out a $6 million fine he received for exposing employees to cyanide.
In upholding the sentence against Allan Elias for the crime that left one employee permanently brain-damaged, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals rejected defense arguments the matter should have been tried in state court.

First Louisianan has West Nile virus
NEW ORLEANS A Louisiana man has been found to have the state's first human case of the sometimes-fatal West Nile virus, health officials said yesterday.
He was thought to have contracted the illness through a mosquito bite last month, but tests did not confirm it was West Nile virus until this week.
The virus has been blamed in the deaths of 10 persons in the United States since 1999.

Chemical accident hospitalizes workers
DAYTON, Ohio A chemical accident at a metal-plating plant sent 20 workers to the hospital yesterday, one of them in critical condition.
An employee at Hohman Plating apparently inadvertently mixed two substances and produced a cloud of hydrogen cyanide, which can be deadly in high concentrations, authorities said.
Five workers were hospitalized after they had trouble breathing. Others were treated and released.

Oklahoma man charged in beheading
TULSA, Okla. A 22-year-old man has been charged with murder in the death of his roommate after police found a head wrapped in plastic in his pickup truck.
An arrest report said Billy Baldwin confessed to fatally stabbing Tony Brooks, 20, but wouldn't say where or how he disposed of the body.
Police said Mr. Brooks was killed on Oct. 11. Police found what they believed to be Mr. Brooks' head in Mr. Baldwin's truck on Monday.
Police said they believed the killing stemmed from a domestic dispute between the two roommates. Yesterday, police dive teams searched ponds for Mr. Brooks' body.

Ex-Marine named to anti-terrorism job
The Customs Service has chosen a retired Marine colonel to guide its efforts to keep terrorists and their tools from entering the country.
As director of a newly created anti-terrorism office, William Parrish will focus on ways to detect and prevent deadly biological, chemical or nuclear materials from illegally crossing the nation's borders.
Col. Parrish has 29 years of counterterrorism and security experience. He led an anti-terrorism team that dealt with the 1996 bombing of the Khobar Tower apartments in Saudi Arabia, an attack that killed 19 U.S. servicemen.

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