- The Washington Times - Wednesday, January 16, 2002

Satcher to study race differences
ATLANTA Surgeon General David Satcher said yesterday that he will head a think tank and research facility at Morehouse School of Medicine that will study racial disparities in health care.
Dr. Satcher, the nation's 16th surgeon general, said he has accepted a job as director of the Morehouse College's National Center for Primary Care, scheduled to open this fall.
A former director of the Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Dr. Satcher became surgeon general under the Clinton administration in February 1998. He is scheduled to leave the position Feb. 13.

Court: Marijuana users can drive legally
SAN FRANCISCO Marijuana users in Idaho can drive legally as long as their driving isn't erratic and they can pass a field sobriety test, a federal appeals court ruled Monday.
The three-judge panel of the San Francisco-based 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals wrote that while it is illegal to drive under the influence of alcohol or narcotics, Idaho law doesn't list marijuana as a narcotic.
The ruling overturned an impaired-driving conviction against Matthew Patzer, 21, who was stopped for a broken tailgate light in 1998 and told police that he'd smoked marijuana at a party. The appeals court said Mr. Patzer could not automatically be presumed impaired; he wasn't driving erratically and passed two field sobriety tests.

U.S. may end use of Saudi base
The chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee said yesterday that the U.S. military might need to end operations at a Saudi Arabian air base, given the restrictions on U.S. military personnel there.
Michigan Sen. Carl Levin, the panel's Democratic chairman, said that female service members were uncomfortable in the remote region where the Prince Sultan air base is located and that the Saudis had been less than welcoming. Mr. Levin told reporters there were countries in the region where the United States could have greater use of military facilities "without the restrictions."

Judge asked to revoke ex-congressman's bail
PHILADELPHIA Prosecutors asked a judge to revoke the bail of a former congressman charged with swindling more than $10 million, claiming he continues to engage in fraud.
The U.S. Attorney's Office claims that Edward Mezvinsky "has not relented in his characteristically feverish efforts to fraudulently obtain money" including trying to deposit a fake check for $480,000, court documents say.
Mr. Mezvinsky, 64, a former congressman from Iowa who now lives in Pennsylvania, faces trial in April and plans a defense based on mental illness.

Men charged in credit-card fraud
NEW YORK Two men taken off a train a day after the September 11 terrorist attacks because they were carrying box cutters and hair dye have been indicted on federal charges of credit-card fraud.
The government says that Syed Gul Mohammed Shah and Mohammed Azmath were responsible for credit cards with an outstanding balance of approximately $414,000.
On September 11, they left Newark, N.J., on a flight bound for San Antonio, Texas, but the flight terminated at St. Louis when all airline flights were grounded because of the attacks. The men then boarded a Texas-bound train on which they were later arrested.

Students wounded in school shooting
NEW YORK A teen-ager opened fire in the hallway at a high school near Lincoln Center yesterday, seriously wounding two fellow students in what might have been a gang-related shooting, authorities say.
A suspect was questioned, but no one had been arrested as of yesterday evening, police said.
The shooting on Manhattan's Upper West Side occurred at Martin Luther King Jr. High School on what would have been the 73rd birthday of the apostle of nonviolence. The public school has 3,000 students.

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