- The Washington Times - Wednesday, February 13, 2002

Man found guilty of USAID fraud
A federal jury in Alabama yesterday found Elmore Roy Anderson, former president of Bilhar International Establishment, guilty of one count of rigging bids on U.S.-funded construction projects in Egypt and one count of conspiring to defraud the U.S. Agency for International Development.
The Justice Department said the Liechtenstein-based company pleaded guilty and agreed to pay $54 million for its role in the bid-rigging conspiracy.
A federal grand jury indicted Bill Harbert International Construction Inc. of Birmingham; its foreign affiliate, Bilhar International; and Anderson for conspiring to rig bids and to defraud the USAID on more than $250 million of construction work on U.S.-funded projects in Egypt from May 1988 until September 1996.

Ohio lawmaker resigns to take U.N. post
Rep. Tony P. Hall, Ohio Democrat, agreed yesterday to give up his House seat to become U.S. ambassador to the United Nations' food and agriculture agencies.
Mr. Hall, 60, has been an outspoken foe of hunger and human rights abuses. He has represented part of southwestern Ohio since 1978.

White House ordered to save energy records
A federal judge ordered the White House yesterday to save records from energy task force meetings and warned the Bush administration it must take seriously a private group's lawsuit seeking the records.
President Bush has refused to turn over records of meetings with Enron executives and others who advised the administration on energy policy last year.
Congress' investigative arm, the General Accounting Office, is expected to sue soon for the records' release. Yesterday's hearing, presided over by U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan, involved a lawsuit filed by the private group Judicial Watch.

Bush creates black colleges board
President Bush yesterday created a presidential advisory board for historically black colleges and universities.
The president signed an executive order establishing the board, which must submit an annual report with recommendations on aiding historically black schools. The panel includes the presidents of the colleges, representatives of private foundations and other educational institutions, business and financial leaders, and high school administrators.

Court declines to hear Jewell's appeal
ATLANTA The Georgia Supreme Court has declined to consider the appeal of Richard Jewell in the former Olympic security guard's libel lawsuit against the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
The court decided 6-1 against hearing the case. Mr. Jewell had challenged the Court of Appeals' ruling that he was a public figure by the time he was identified as a suspect in the 1996 bombing at Centennial Olympic Park. The state Supreme Court also upheld the lower court's ruling that the newspaper did not need to identify its sources.

Harrison died in McCartney home
LOS ANGELES The mystery of where former Beatle George Harrison spent his last days was solved yesterday when Los Angeles officials said he died in a Hollywood Hills mansion that had been leased by former bandmate Paul McCartney.
Mr. Harrison died Nov. 29 from lung cancer. A spokesman for the guitarist's family misled authorities about the location of his death in a bid to keep away memorabilia seekers.

Hostage standoff ends without bloodshed
FAIRFIELD, Conn. A former student claiming to have a bomb took nearly two dozen students and an associate professor hostage yesterday, but he released them and was taken into custody hours later, authorities said.
At one point, there were 23 persons inside the Fairfield University religious-studies classroom. The suspect was identified only as a recent graduate, police said.
WCBS-TV in New York said the hostage-taker ordered one of his victims to call the station, demanding that a statement be read over the air. The statement, which station spokeswoman Karen Mateo described as "rambling and anti-Semitic," was not broadcast.


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