- The Washington Times - Friday, September 28, 2001

Medals to be awarded in Sept. 11 attacks

All members of the U.S. armed services killed or wounded in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks will be awarded the Purple Heart, and the Defense Department has created the Defense of Freedom Medal to be awarded to all department civilians killed or wounded.

In making the announcement yesterday, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said the tributes were appropriate, given the unprecedented nature of the attacks on the Pentagon and the World Trade Center.

Charles Abell, the assistant secretary of defense for force management policy, told reporters that an estimated 90 Defense Department civilians are eligible for the new medal, which consists of a golden circle framing a bald eagle holding a shield. The reverse of the medal is inscribed with "On Behalf of a Grateful Nation."

Mr. Abell said he did not yet have an accurate count of the number of military members eligible for the Purple Heart. At least 54 service members were killed at the Pentagon and an undetermined number were seriously injured.

Reprieves offered if inmates drop cases

CHICAGO Prosecutors are discussing deals with death-row inmates who could be freed if they plead guilty and drop claims that police tortured them into confessions, a newspaper reported yesterday.

The deals would settle the inmates' long-standing claims that Chicago Police Cmdr. Jon Burge and his detectives tortured them, the Chicago Tribune said, citing anonymous sources.

Four inmates have received offers from the Cook County state's attorney or discussed plea agreements, the newspaper reported.

John Gorman, spokesman for State's Attorney Richard Devine, confirmed the office was involved in negotiations, but declined further comment.

For nearly a decade, inmates have requested new trials, claiming torture by Cmdr. Burge and his detectives. Prosecutors have declined, pointing to a lack of evidence.

Retired colonel gets prison for spying

TAMPA, Fla. The highest-ranking military man ever accused of spying was sentenced yesterday to life in prison.

George Trofimoff, 75, showed no reaction as U.S. District Judge Susan Bucklew handed down the sentence. Trofimoff, a retired Army Reserve colonel who continued to maintain his innocence in yesterday's sentencing hearing, was a civilian intelligence chief for the Army in Germany at the height of the Cold War.

Trofimoff was convicted of a single espionage count in June after a four-week trial. His spy career is believed to have spanned decades, ending only with the fall of the Soviet Union.

Group for Abu-Jamal declared a charity

PHILADELPHIA The main fund-raising group for cop killer Mumia Abu-Jamal was declared a registered Pennsylvania charity, two months after the state ordered it to stop raising money.

But the Bureau of Charitable Organizations said it will continue investigating the finances of the International Concerned Family and Friends of Mumia Abu-Jamal.

The group, led by activist Pam Africa, achieved charitable status by providing fund-raising documents for the period after it was incorporated as a nonprofit in 2000, bureau director Karl Emerson said.

Artificial-heart implant performed in Houston

HOUSTON A "desperately ill" man became the world's third recipient of a self-contained mechanical heart after a six-hour operation.

The procedure Wednesday at St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital in Houston follows the success of two implants of the AbioCor device in Kentucky. The procedure "went as expected and the patient is resting comfortably," hospital officials said yesterday.

Dr. O.H. Frazier said the man had been "desperately ill for a long time" with heart failure and was not a candidate for a heart transplant because of complications involving his lungs.

The hospital did not identify the patient or give his age.

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