- The Washington Times - Tuesday, September 4, 2001

Oklahoma D.A. to decide Nichols' fate

OKLAHOMA CITY — Oklahoma County's new district attorney will announce tomorrow whether he will drop or continue a state capital-murder case against federally convicted bombing conspirator Terry Nichols.

District Attorney Wes Lane, who took over in June from 21-year veteran Bob Macy, will make the announcement at the Oklahoma City National Memorial, which marks the site where a car bomb killed 168 in April 1995.

The district attorney's office made the announcement in a statement, but did not indicate what Mr. Lane had decided.

Nichols, 46, was sentenced to life in prison without parole after a federal jury in Colorado convicted him of helping plan the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City.

Campground owner fatally shot by FBI agent

VANDALIA, Mich. — A campground owner facing drug and weapons charges was fatally shot by an FBI agent last night after a four-day standoff, authorities said.

Grover T. Crosslin, 47, was shot and killed after he walked out of a building with a rifle and pointed it at the agent, Cass County Sheriff Joseph Underwood Jr. said in a news release last night.

52 Cubans smuggled into Florida Keys

MIAMI — Smugglers dropped off 52 Cubans, including 10 children, on a tree-lined coast in the Florida Keys during the Labor Day weekend, U.S. authorities said yesterday.

The migrants landed in two groups on Sunday and yesterday at Key Largo, an island about 50 miles south of Miami, the U.S. Border Patrol said.

Hope to remain in hospital

LOS ANGELES — Comedian Bob Hope will remain in the hospital for at least a few more days as he fights to recover from pneumonia, his physician said yesterday.

"Although Mr. Hope remains in stable condition and there is continuing improvement, because of his age we want him good and strong before we send him home," said Dr. Lee Kagan.

Mr. Hope, 98, originally was expected to be released by the end of the Labor Day weekend.

Mr. Hope first entered Providence St. Joseph Medical Center in Burbank on Aug. 26 after saying he had trouble breathing. He later was diagnosed with mild pneumonia.

Firefighters brace for wind gusts

WEST GLACIER, Mont. — Firefighters and homeowners prepared for the worst yesterday as forecasts of winds up to 65 mph threatened to fan a 48,000-acre wildfire in Glacier National Park.

Favorable weather over the weekend helped more than 1,000 firefighters gain some ground on the blaze. Although the fire still was considered only 5 percent contained, officials said, northeast winds pushed flames away from buildings and homes along Lake McDonald that was in danger.

The lightning-sparked blaze began Aug. 16 near Whitefish, Mont. It doubled in size on Friday and spread across the western border of Glacier National Park.

Jerry Lewis raises record $56.8 million

LOS ANGELES — Jerry Lewis, headlining his 36th annual Muscular Dystrophy Association telethon, raised a record $56.8 million to fight neuromuscular diseases.

The telethon, originating from CBS Television City in Hollywood, Calif., was broadcast for 21-1/2 hours on about 200 TV stations around the country during the Labor Day weekend. Mr. Lewis said he was gratified to have exceeded his goal of raising more than last year's $54.6 million total.

"The extraordinary compassion of the great American public never ceases to amaze me, even after all these years," Mr. Lewis said in a statement issued shortly after the conclusion of the marathon event.

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