- The Washington Times - Friday, January 4, 2002

Ex-Klansman can stand trial in church blast

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. A judge ruled yesterday that former Ku Klux Klansman Bobby Frank Cherry is mentally competent to be tried on murder charges in the 1963 Birmingham church bombing that killed four black girls.

Circuit Judge James Garrett had initially ruled Mr. Cherry mentally incompetent last year. But he reversed himself after further evaluation of Mr. Cherry, whose age is listed in court records as both 71 and 72.

In a two-sentence order, the judge said Mr. Cherry "has been restored to competency."

7 firefighters identified in Trade Center rubble

NEW YORK The bodies of seven more firefighters pulled from the rubble of the World Trade Center have been identified, including three from the same company who were found together in a buried lobby.

Lt. Robert Regan and firefighters Joseph Agnello and Peter Anthony Vega were part of a six-man crew from Engine Co. 205 Ladder 118 in Brooklyn. The three were found New Year's Day as excavation crews opened up the lobby of the Marriott World Trade Center Hotel.

The bodies were identified by the Medical Examiner's Office.

September 11 faker gets 21 months in jail

NEW YORK A judge has sentenced a Brooklyn man to 21 months in prison triple the expected term for giving the FBI a false tip linking his fiancee's boss of Arab descent to the World Trade Center attack.

U.S. District Judge Nina Gershon said in handing down the sentence in Brooklyn on Wednesday that she increased the jail time from the sentencing guidelines of up to six months to serve as a deterrent.

Jack Barresi, 38, pleaded guilty in November to lying to a federal officer. Before he was sentenced, Barresi apologized in court and said he was "ashamed and embarrassed."

Legislators offered sensitivity training

COLUMBIA, S.C. Members of the South Carolina House are being asked to attend sensitivity training after a furor last summer over a phony memo that called on female pages to wear skimpy clothing at the Capitol.

House Speaker David Wilkins wants all 124 representatives to attend a two-hour class on sex, racial and ethnic sensitivity Wednesday, the day after legislators return for 2002. Mr. Wilkins also wants the training to be included in freshman orientation for all incoming House members.

"In and of itself, this is not the cure-all," the Republican said. "But this is one of the things we can do to show the House has a wholesome work environment for all our members and all our employees."

Woman slain in office shooting

ADDISON, Texas A gunman killed a 26-year-old woman he apparently knew in a suburban Dallas office building yesterday, then was wounded by police gunfire, authorities said.

Police in Addison said the suspect fired several rounds from an automatic pistol at his victim and also stabbed her before being shot by arriving officers. No motive was immediately apparent, police said.

"The victim and the suspect knew each other, but we don't yet know how. We don't even know if they worked together," police spokesman Brad Freis said.

The woman, identified as Misty Acevedo, suffered multiple gunshot wounds and died about an hour later at an area hospital. The suspect was identified as Todd Caro, 35. He was in critical condition.

Backstreet Boy Nick Carter arrested

TAMPA, Fla. Backstreet Boy Nick Carter was arrested on suspicion of refusing to follow police officers' orders to leave a nightclub after a fight broke out.

The youngest of the five-member pop group at age 21, Mr. Carter was charged early Wednesday with a misdemeanor count of resisting/opposing a law enforcement officer without violence. He was handcuffed, placed in a squad car and released on his own recognizance.

His first court appearance is set for March 4, Tampa Police spokes-man Joe Durkin said yesterday.

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