- The Washington Times - Thursday, October 25, 2001

House panel boosts military spending
A House panel yesterday approved a bill giving President Bush extra money he wanted for the military, and clearing the way for potentially tens of billions of dollars more for homeland defense.
The House Appropriations Committee unanimously approved the $318 billion defense bill, with plans to attach a spending plan for emergency funds passed after the Sept. 11 attacks on New York and Washington and an agreement to consider adding billions more to beef up the nation's security.
Committee Chairman C.W. Bill Young, Florida Republican, said the panel will craft its plan for the $20 billion remaining from a $40 billion emergency package Congress passed three days after the hijack attacks that killed more than 5,000. That plan will be added to the defense bill before it goes to the House floor, probably next week.

Backlash violence is down, groups say
Groups tracking backlash violence since the Sept. 11 attacks say hate crimes appear to be tapering off, although there are new complaints of workplace discrimination.
Reports of beatings, hate mail and firebombings poured into the Council on American-Islamic Relations, the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, and the Sikh Coalition in the weeks after the terrorist attacks. For the most part, those reports seem to have slowed, advocates said.
Harassment has "shifted from those public cases of abuse and assault and verbal harassment on the streets," said Joshua Salaam, civil rights coordinator for the Council on American-Islamic Relations. "It's moved to airport profiling, to FBI harassment and workplace discrimination."
The council says it received 960 complaints between Sept. 11 and Monday in which people said they were targeted because of their ethnicity, or because they appeared to be Middle Eastern.
California and New York reported the highest number of complaints.

Harassment charge OK'd against mayor
MADISON, Wis. A sexual-harassment complaint filed against Milwaukee Mayor John Norquist by a former aide can go forward, a state administrative law judge ruled yesterday.
Judge Allen Lawent ruled there was probable cause the city may have violated state sexual harassment and discrimination laws.
"When it's all said and done, the case will go our way, and I'm not worried about it," Mr. Norquist said, speaking to reporters at City Hall.
In the complaint, Marilyn Figueroa accuses Mr. Norquist of forcing her, either physically or through coercion, to have sex and denying her promised promotions. Mr. Norquist has admitted having an affair with her, but denies sexually harassing her.

Dan Rather rejects anthrax test
NEW YORK CBS anchor Dan Rather says he won't be tested for anthrax or take antibiotics even though the deadly germ was found in his office. It's his way of defying terrorists.
Mr. Rather's assistant, Claire Fletcher, is being treated for the skin form of anthrax. The anchorman and his staff continue to work in their Manhattan office.
"We're not going to run scared and we're not going to work scared," he said yesterday. Mr. Rather said he's shown no symptoms of the disease.

Georgia killer loses death appeal
ATLANTA A Georgia parole board yesterday denied a last-ditch clemency request from a condemned killer, clearing the way for the state to proceed with its first execution by injection.
The Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles rejected giving clemency to Terry Mincey, 40, convicted of killing a convenience-store clerk during a 1982 robbery. Mincey is scheduled to die at 7 o'clock tonight at the state prison in Jackson, Ga.
Georgia has not executed anyone since 1998. The state's Supreme Court ruled earlier this year that Georgia's use of the electric chair was unconstitutional.


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