- The Washington Times - Sunday, February 17, 2002

Dozens of bodies found in woods
NOBLE, Ga. Authorities arrested a man yesterday who operated a crematory where dozens of decomposing corpses were found stacked in storage sheds and scattered in nearby woods.
When investigators asked Ray Brent Marsh, 28, why the bodies weren't cremated, he told them the incinerator wasn't working, Georgia Bureau of Investigation spokesman John Bankhead said.
"The worst horror movie you've ever seen imagine that 10 times worse," Walker County Coroner Dewayne Wilson said.
Officials said the number of bodies found could be in the hundreds. They broke off the search of the woods last night and planned to resume this morning.
"All we know for sure right now are the 80 bodies, and 13 of those have been identified," Mr. Bankhead said. "But they've found so many other partial skeletal remains and evidence of graves, we don't know how many more are out there."
Mr. Marsh was charged with theft by deception, a felony. His parents, Ray and Clara Marsh, who own Tri-State Crematory, turned over their records to authorities and were cooperating, Walker County chief deputy Hill Morrison said.

Egyptian fake pilot gets 6-month term
NEW YORK An Egyptian man who flew to John F. Kennedy International Airport a week after September 11 with a fake pilot's uniform and license has been sentenced to six months in jail.
District Judge Charles Sifton said Friday that imposing a longer sentence would be improperly punishing Wael Abdel Rahman Kishk since prosecutors, though suspicious of his terrorist ties, had not proven Kishk intended any wrongdoing.
Kishk, 21, was found guilty last month of making false statements in Brooklyn Federal Court. A jury acquitted him on a separate count of trying to impersonate a pilot.

Nevada files suit over Yucca Mountain
Nevada has filed a lawsuit against the Bush administration to fight a decision to dispose of 70,000 tons of nuclear waste at Yucca Mountain 90 miles northwest of Las Vegas.
Gov. Kenny Guinn, a Republican, filed the lawsuit late Friday in U.S. District Court against President Bush, the Energy Department and Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham. The plaintiffs were the state of Nevada, Las Vegas and Clark County.

Religious Broadcaster stake leader's resignation
NASHVILLE, Tenn. The board of the nation's largest organization of religious broadcasters voted yesterday to accept the resignation of the group's new president, who has been criticized for his desire to steer the group away from politics.
Wayne Pederson submitted his resignation to the National Religious Broadcasters amid an outcry over his comments in January to the Minneapolis newspaper, the Star Tribune. The NRB board of directors took up the matter during the organization's annual convention, which lasts through Tuesday.


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