- The Washington Times - Saturday, October 27, 2001

Pentagon announces arms sale to Taiwan
The Pentagon said yesterday it plans to sell anti-tank missiles to Taiwan to strengthen the island's ability to stop an amphibious attack. The $51 million deal is for 40 Javelin anti-tank missile-launch units with 360 missile rounds, as well as support equipment.

Solomon, ex-member of House, dies at 71
Retired U.S. Rep. Gerald Solomon died yesterday from congestive heart failure at his home in upstate New York. He was 71.
"Jerry Solomon was a true patriot," President Bush said of the firebrand Republican conservative. "Jerry Solomon will always be remembered as true to his creed: duty, honor, country."
Mr. Solomon, an ex-Marine recognizable by his trademark crew cut, was chairman of the powerful Rules Committee and served in the U.S. House for 20 years.
His top causes included a constitutional amendment to ban flag burning and the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms. In 1996, he challenged Rep. Patrick J. Kennedy, Rhode Island Democrat, to "step outside" during a debate on assault weapons.
"My wife [Freda] lives alone five days a week in a rural area in upstate New York," he told Mr. Kennedy. "She has a right to defend herself when I'm not there, son. And don't you ever forget it."

Eighth body recovered from fishing vessel
HONOLULU Navy divers have recovered an eighth body from a Japanese fishing vessel sunk by a U.S. submarine, meaning only one person's remains are still missing.
The Thursday recovery exceeds original expectations of Navy divers, who thought they would only find seven bodies in the wreckage. The remains were sent to the Medical Examiner's Office.

Navy delays vote on Vieques status
The Navy yesterday pushed back from Nov. 6 to Jan. 28 the date for a referendum among residents of the small Puerto Rican island of Vieques on whether they want Navy bombing practice halted in two years, to give Congress more time to change the law calling for the vote.
"This postponement does not in any way preclude Navy plans to cease training on Vieques by May 2003," Navy Secretary Gordon England told Puerto Rico Gov. Sila Calderon in a letter dated Oct. 25 but received yesterday.
Mr. England also said Congress was considering legislation to drop the referendum, but it might not agree on this by the planned November vote date.
The Bush administration has said it would order the Navy off Vieques by May 1, 2003, partly because it opposed local voters having vetoes on defense issues.

Rodney King pleads guilty in drug case
POMONA, Calif. Rodney King, whose videotaped beating by police led to the 1992 Los Angeles riots, pleaded guilty yesterday to drug-related charges and was ordered to spend a year at a live-in treatment center.
King, 36, admitted to three misdemeanor counts of being under the influence of PCP and one count of indecent exposure. King was arrested earlier this month for driving while under the influence of a psychedelic drug. He also faced two counts of being under the influence of PCP after arrests in August and September.

Largent to quit House for gubernatorial bid
Pro football player turned lawmaker Rep. Steve Largent said yesterday he would resign from Congress effective Feb. 15 to focus on his bid to become Oklahoma's next governor.
"After much prayer and consideration I have decided it is in the best interest of the citizens of the 1st District that I step down in order to fully devote myself to running for governor," said Mr. Largent, 47, a Republican.
A special election will be held to fill Mr. Largent's unexpired term.

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