- The Washington Times - Friday, September 7, 2001

Boy, 4, stabbed to death in Bronx

NEW YORK — A 4-year-old was stabbed to death in the hallway of his apartment building and police were investigating whether two boys — ages 8 and 10 — were involved. Emanuel Barima was stabbed on the left side of his neck Wednesday evening outside his Bronx home, police Chief Joseph Resnick said.

Three indicted for flotillas to Cuba

MIAMI — Three members of a Miami group known for organizing flotillas and sailing them into Cuban waters have been indicted in the United States for entering the communist island's waters illegally.

The three were charged under a 1996 presidential proclamation that prohibits certain boats from leaving a security zone around Florida with the intent to enter Cuban territorial waters without U.S. Coast Guard permission.

Marines set hearing in Osprey probe

NORFOLK — Eight Marine Corps officers will face disciplinary hearings over the coming week on charges stemming from the reported falsification of maintenance records in the $40 billion Osprey aircraft-development program, the Marines said yesterday.

The Marine Corps officers face charges ranging from ordering maintenance records falsified to failing to report suspicions that records were falsified to cover-up problems in the tilt-rotor aircraft-development program.

Benefits sought for twins of dead dad

BOSTON — A woman seeking Social Security benefits for twins conceived after her husband died brought her case to the highest court in Massachusetts yesterday.

Lauren Woodward is claiming survivor benefits from Social Security for twin girls who were conceived with sperm donated by her husband and frozen before he died of leukemia.

The Social Security Administration argued before the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts that heirs must be decided by the time of a person's death.

Woman recants abduction charges

LINDEN, Texas — A black woman has recanted her claim that two men with sheets or pillow cases over their heads abducted her, sexually assaulted her and carved the letters KKK into her chest, authorities say.

Chief Sheriff's Deputy Ronnie Fincher said Tuesday that investigators found inconsistencies in her story, and that during further questioning she admitted she carved the letters into her chest with a pair of scissors.

Police surround murder suspect

NEWMAN, Calif. A suspect in a double murder led police on a 110 mph chase yesterday, then holed up in his crippled automobile as officers surrounded him. The standoff forced the closure of Interstate 5.

Two hostage negotiators were with police at the highway outside Newman last night, trying to persuade Joaquin Gutierrez, 40, to surrender as a SWAT team sharpshooter lay in a strip of grass nearby.

FBI denies bias in Web-host raid

DALLAS — An 80-strong U.S. terrorism task force raided the Texas-based host of Arabic Web sites, including that of the Arab world's leading independent news channel, prompting charges yesterday of an "anti-Muslim witch hunt." But the FBI, which took part in the raid Wednesday at privately held InfoCom Corp., denied any anti-Arab bias and said it was executing an unspecified federal search warrant.

Bush appoints Heller to child-support post

Sherri Z. Heller, a top welfare official in Pennsylvania, has been appointed by President Bush to the federal Office of Child Support Enforcement, Gov. Tom Ridge said yesterday. She helped make Pennsylvania a national leader in child-support enforcement programs and "her talents and expertise will be missed here," Mr. Ridge said in a statement.

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