- The Washington Times - Monday, February 18, 2002

Convicted killer escapes from prison
ABILENE, Texas A convicted killer overpowered a correctional officer and escaped from a state penitentiary yesterday.
John William Roland, 33, took Sgt. Wesley Hurt's uniform, handcuffed and beat him before escaping in Mr. Hurt's pickup truck about 4:45 a.m., said Larry Todd, spokesman for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. He said there was no weapon in the truck.
Mr. Hurt was treated for cuts and bruises and was released from the hospital yesterday.

Dilution could extend smallpox vaccine supply
BOSTON In the event of a bioterror attack using smallpox, health authorities could stretch the nation's limited vaccine supply by diluting the 15 million doses that are on hand, a government official said yesterday.
Experiments to see whether diluted smallpox vaccine still could offer protection against the disease have been "very successful," Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

SLA member posts $1 million bail
SACRAMENTO, Calif. A former Symbionese Liberation Army member charged with killing a woman in a 1975 bank robbery posted bail yesterday.
Emily Harris, 54, was released after posting $1 million bail, said her attorney, Stuart Hanlon.
"She was feeling great," Mr. Hanlon said. "She was very thankful there was family and friends who raised this money for her."
She and her ex-husband, 56-year-old William Harris, are among five former SLA members awaiting trial for the murder of Myrna Opsahl, 42, during the 1975 robbery of Crocker National Bank. Mrs. Opsahl, a mother of four, was in the bank depositing church funds at the time of the robbery.
The SLA became notorious for killing a school superintendent and kidnapping newspaper heiress Patricia Hearst. The Harrises led the SLA after six members died in a 1974 shootout with police.

Protesters seek cardinal's resignation
BOSTON Demonstrators carried protest signs and sang hymns yesterday outside the residence of Cardinal Bernard Law, demanding that he resign because of his handling of accusations that priests sexually abused children.
Calls for Cardinal Law's resignation intensified since he admitted he transferred defrocked priest John Geoghan to other churches after learning of sexual abuse accusations against him.

Air strikes hit Afghan targets
Land- and sea-based planes launched air strikes against enemy forces in eastern Afghanistan over the weekend, U.S. Central Command said yesterday at the Pentagon.
Navy Cmdr. Dave Culler said the strikes were launched after coalition forces were attacked while trying to pass a roadblock Saturday. One friendly Afghan was killed and three were wounded in the attack, he said.
U.S. strike planes launched precision guided weapons at the target on Saturday and returned for a second strike yesterday.

U.S. investigates dolphin sales by Cuba
MIAMI The U.S. government is investigating whether Americans illegally bought dolphins from Cuba for tourist attractions in the Caribbean, the Miami Herald reported yesterday.
The investigation by the U.S. Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assets Control, over potential violations of the U.S. economic embargo against Cuba, has focused on two dolphin parks set up by Americans in Antigua and Anguilla, islands in the northeastern Caribbean, the Herald said.
The Herald said the Cuban government is a major supplier of dolphins for water parks.

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