- The Washington Times - Thursday, February 28, 2002

Missing girl's body found among trees
EL CAJON, Calif. California officials say they believe they have found the body of 7-year-old Danielle Van Dam.
Volunteers yesterday discovered the body of a small girl 25 miles east of San Diego, in a cluster of oak trees across from a sand mine.
Paul Pfinst, San Diego County district attorney, said last night the child was wearing a plastic necklace similar to one Danielle owned. Searchers also found an earring that matches one she was wearing when she was last seen Feb. 1, when her father put her to bed in her family's San Diego home. She was discovered missing the next morning.
Authorities have charged a neighbor of the family with killing the girl. David Westerfield, 50, pleaded not guilty Tuesday to murder and other charges.

Cossacks unseated by political correctness
SAN FRANCISCO Famed as warriors of the Russian steppe, the Cossacks have lost a battle with California political correctness as a state university dropped its Cossack mascot as "an inappropriate symbol" due to the group's brutal history.
Sonoma State University which has fielded "Cossack" teams for 40 years said it would rename its athletic squads the "Seawolves" after complaints over anti-Semitic and bloodthirsty associations of the Cossack name.
"While there is a segment of constituents who would prefer to continue the use of the Cossack name, another group of the campus community, including some faculty and alumni, has long felt the Cossacks an inappropriate symbol due to their aggressive past," the university said in a statement.

Man charged with helping hijacker
NEWARK, N.J. A man has been charged with participating in a fake-identification ring that included two of the September 11 hijackers.
The FBI charged Abdel Rahman Omar Tawfiq Alfauru with producing fake identification.
Some of the bogus Virginia identifications has been linked to hijackers Hani Hanjour and Majed Moqed. Mr. Alfauru was ordered held without bail at a hearing yesterday, pending his transfer to Virginia.

University withdraws invitation to Goodwin
NEWARK, Del. The University of Delaware has withdrawn its invitation to historian Doris Kearns Goodwin to speak at commencement after she acknowledged that she failed to cite many more passages from other writers in her book about the Kennedys.
In January, the Pulitzer prize-winning writer and television commentator, admitted copying several passages from other works in the 1987 best-selling book "The Fitzgeralds and the Kennedys." In a New York Times article Saturday, she admitted that she copied more language than previously noted.

Guard pleads guilty to lying about radio
NEW YORK A hotel security guard pleaded guilty yesterday to lying about the location of a pilot radio in the room of an Egyptian student imprisoned for a month after the September 11 attacks.
Ronald Ferry, 48, said he told FBI agents the radio was in a locked safe in the student's room. "I knew that it was found in that room on a desk," Ferry told U.S. District Court Judge George Daniels.
The student, Abdallah Higazy, 30, was released in January, insisting he knew nothing about the handheld device, called a transceiver.

Cold front delays space shuttle launch
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. NASA scrubbed today's launch of space shuttle Columbia on a mission to the Hubble Space Telescope, opting for warmer weather tomorrow that should not pose a threat to the orbiter, mission managers said.
Columbia and its crew of seven, led by astronaut commander Scott Altman, are to spend 11 days in space making improvements and repairs to the Hubble, NASA's premiere science satellite, now nearly 12 years into a 20-year mission.
Launch-time temperatures today were to dip to 38 degrees, which were right at the margins of safety based on a complicated formula using temperature, humidity and wind speed.

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