- The Washington Times - Wednesday, October 3, 2001

Pentagon repairs may cost $800 million

Repairs to the Pentagon, damaged in the hijack attack that left 189 persons dead or missing, could cost $800 million and take more than three years, a Defense Department official said yesterday.

A massive slice of the five-sided building was gouged out when the hijacked American Airlines passenger jet slammed into the side of the structure Sept. 11.

Hundreds of Pentagon officials have been working virtually nonstop to fix the damage, according to Walker Evey, who is in charge of repair and renovations.

Suspect in 1986 hijack pleads not guilty

A Jordanian convicted in Pakistan in the 1986 hijacking of a Pan Am passenger jet in which 22 persons were killed entered a not guilty plea in a U.S. court yesterday to charges of air piracy and murder.

U.S. authorities said Zayd Hassan Abd Al-Latif Masud Al Safarini, 39, identified in an indictment as a one-time member of the Abu Nidal Palestinian guerrilla group, was not believed connected to any militant network under investigation in the Sept. 11 assaults on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.

Van Harp, assistant director of the FBI Washington field office, said U.S. justice "not only has a long reach but a long memory."

Culture critic named to NEH post

Culture critic Lynne Munson, a research fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, has been named deputy director for the National Endowment for the Humanities. She begins work Tuesday.

Miss Munson, 33, was special assistant to former National Endowment for the Humanities director Lynne V. Cheney from 1990 to 1993. Mrs. Cheney is the wife of Vice President Richard B. Cheney and also an AIE research fellow.

Miss Munson, a Boston resident who is married to Ed Six, will oversee NEH's day-to-day activities, including the awarding of $100 million in 1,230 grants NEH gives out each year. She will replace current deputy chairman John Roberts.

For a month, she will serve under retiring chairman Bill Ferris, who leaves in November. She will apparently oversee the agency for a month until incoming chairman Bruce Cole arrives in December.

Racketeering verdict upheld by appeals court

CHICAGO A federal appeals court yesterday upheld a jury's finding that abortion foes violated racketeering law with their violent demonstrations outside clinics, rejecting arguments that the protesters were merely exercising freedom of speech.

In a 3-0 ruling, the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said the demonstrators had gone beyond free speech.

"Protesters trespassed on clinic property and blocked access to clinics with their bodies, including at times chaining themselves in the doorways of clinics or to operating tables," said Circuit Judge Diane P. Wood.

The National Organization for Women and abortion clinics in Milwaukee and Wilmington, Del., had sued anti-abortion organizations under federal racketeering law to combat what they described as violent tactics.

Coast Guard stops Haitian migrant attempts

MIAMI The U.S. Coast Guard said yesterday it had thwarted an attempt by eight Haitians to hijack a yacht and get the French skipper to take them to the United States.

The eight were repatriated to the Haitian capital Port-au-Prince yesterday morning after being picked up near the northern coast of Haiti by a Coast Guard cutter last Friday, the Coast Guard said in a statement.

The Frenchman who was sailing the vessel had reported to his embassy in the Haitian capital that eight persons had forced themselves aboard his 28-foot boat and demanded that he take them to the United States. The Frenchman and his vessel were safely released after the Coast Guard intervened.

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