- The Washington Times - Saturday, September 15, 2001

Police capture esaped Texas killer
BEAUMONT, Texas — A convicted killer who escaped from prison earlier this week was captured yesterday while sleeping in a stolen pickup truck in Mississippi.
Harold Laird, 26, escaped early Wednesday through a hole he widened around a ceiling light fixture in his cell.
Laird was arrested yesterday morning by a Forrest County, Miss., constable in Hattiesburg. He was parked outside an abandoned store in a stolen pickup truck.

Dairy-compact study finds limited impact
Price controls on milk in New England boosted the region's farm income without significantly harming producers in other major dairy states, the General Accounting Office reported yesterday.
However, the price-setting system has had little impact on the decline in farms in the Northeast, the GAO said.
The New England dairy compact is set to expire Sept. 30 unless Congress agrees to extend it. Farmers in other major dairy states have opposed the system, which they say encourages overproduction and drives down milk prices nationwide.

Astronauts see devastation from space
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — From 250 miles above Earth, the astronauts aboard the International Space Station saw dark smoke billowing from New York on Tuesday.
Yesterday, the space station's commander, retired Navy pilot Frank Culbertson, noticed something else — the absence of jet vapor trails.
"Normally, when we go over the U.S., the sky is like a spider web of contrails and now the sky is just about completely empty," he said.
All U.S. air travel was suspended following Tuesday's attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.

FDA recalls artificial hips
Hundreds of artificial hips are being recalled because one piece — the joint ball — is made of a ceramic that may suddenly crack.
The Food and Drug Administration announced the recall yesterday, warning surgeons not to use the affected implants — and patients to call their doctors if they experience symptoms suggesting the joint has cracked.
The French company St. Gobain Desmarquest recalled nine batches of the hip implant manufactured since early 1998.

Court lifts limits on Wen Ho Lee
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Wen Ho Lee has completed terms of a plea agreement that was reached one year ago after a bungled government investigation into charges he mishandled top-secret information.
Mr. Lee was set free a year ago with a judge's apologies, but Mr. Lee's freedom had limits. He had agreed to be available for the ensuing year to answer FBI questions.
"Dr. Lee has fully honored his agreement," his attorney, John Cline, said.

Senate confirms Negroponte as U.N. ambassador
The U.S. Senate yesterday confirmed President Bush's nominee, John Negroponte, as the new ambassador to the United Nations.
The Senate voted by hand for Mr. Negroponte without a lengthy debate on his candidacy.
Mr. Bush nominated Mr. Negroponte to succeed Richard Holbrooke in February, but questions surrounding the 61-year-old diplomat had held up the vote.

Dorothy McGuire, film star, dies at 85
LOS ANGELES — Dorothy McGuire, the lovely, soft-voiced actress who lent dignity and inner strength to such films as "Gentlemen's Agreement" and "Friendly Persuasion," has died. She was 85.
The actress died Thursday night at St. John's Hospital in Santa Monica, Calif., her daughter, Topo Swope, said yesterday.
She had broken her leg three weeks ago and then developed heart failure.


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