- The Washington Times - Monday, April 8, 2002

Navy EP-3E will return to air
MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) A year after a collision with a Chinese fighter jet forced an emergency landing, a U.S. reconnaissance plane that was picked over and cut apart is being pieced together and could return to the air next month.
The Navy EP-3E electronic surveillance plane is undergoing repairs at Lockheed-Martin in Marietta.
That work should be completed in May, when the plane is to be flown to a Raytheon Co. plant at Waco, Texas, for electronic updates, a Navy spokesman said. The four-engine plane is scheduled to return to Navy service by the end of the year.
The slow-flying turboprop plane was flying in international waters over the South China Sea on April 1, 2001, when a Chinese fighter jet made a close-flying maneuver that clipped the American plane.

Protesters mark anniversary of riots
CINCINNATI One year after a fleeing black suspect was shot dead by a white police officer, hundreds of protesters gathered downtown to mark the anniversary and demand that the city do more to hold police accountable for their actions against blacks.
Fountain Square was filled with people listening to speeches by civil rights activists and relatives of Timothy Thomas, whose shooting led to the worst rioting in the city in 30 years.
Black activists contend the city still has not done enough.
"Here we are a year later and not much has changed. I guess the city didn't think we were serious. Are we serious?" Victoria Straughn, a member of the Coalition of Concerned Citizens for Justice, asked the cheering protesters.

NASA fixes space shuttle leak
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. NASA has repaired a launch-pad fuel leak that grounded space shuttle Atlantis last week, but it was eyeing the skies yesterday as weather threatened the rescheduled liftoff today, the space agency said.
"Our new concern for launch is the strong winds we're going to get at the pad," said shuttle weather officer Kathy Winters.
NASA pegged the probability of weather delaying the launch at 40 percent. The seven Atlantis astronauts are bound for a construction mission to the International Space Station.

State uses bar napkins in sex-crime campaign
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. Watch your drink.
That is what the Florida Department of Health is warning bar and nightclub patrons this month by distributing 200,000 napkins imprinted with the slogan.
The napkins are an effort to prevent the spread of date rape drugs as part of the agency's Sexual Assault Awareness Month campaign.
About 80 percent of sexual assaults occur while the victim is under the influence of drugs or alcohol, according to the health department.

Pipeline rupture spills 90,000 gallons of oil
NEW ORLEANS Cleanup crews worked yesterday to contain a 90,000-gallon oil spill in the southeast Louisiana coastal area called Little Lake.
Officials were still trying to determine what caused the BP pipeline rupture Saturday. The Coast Guard said about 6,720 gallons of oil had been recovered by early yesterday afternoon.
According to a written statement from the Coast Guard, workers used 24,400 feet of floating barriers to contain the oil on the water's surface.

Students safe after dorm fire
GREENCASTLE, Ind. More than 300 DePauw University students were evacuated yesterday morning when a fast-moving fire burned through a residence hall built in 1917.
No students were hurt, although two firefighters suffered minor injuries from smoke inhalation.
The blaze at Rector Hall apparently began on the fourth floor, which later collapsed from the fire and intense heat.

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