- The Washington Times - Sunday, January 6, 2002

Police skeptical of teen's anthrax claim
FREMONT, N.H. A teen-ager arraigned on burglary charges yesterday told police he sent an anthrax-laced letter to Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle and was planning to send more, authorities said.
Officials do not believe 18-year-old Elijah Wallace sent the letter that was opened in Mr. Daschle's office Thursday, and preliminary tests on another letter found with the teen were negative for anthrax.
Investigators found five letters addressed to local businesses and a bag of white powder in a vacant house with Mr. Wallace.

Professor won't fight molestation charge
NEW HAVEN, Conn. A former Yale University geology professor has pleaded no contest to charges that he sexually assaulted a boy during a period covering about half of the boy's 13 years.
Antonio Lasaga, 52, who had served as the boy's mentor in a New Haven school program for children with family problems, entered the plea Friday as his state trial was to begin. Lasaga also has pleaded guilty to federal child pornography charges and faces a 20-year sentence on those counts.
The state charges of sexual assault and employing a minor in an obscene performance carry a combined maximum penalty of 110 years in prison. Sentencing in federal court is set for Jan. 28 and in state court is scheduled Feb. 1.

U.S. basing planes in United Arab Emirates
The United Arab Emirates has hosted two key U.S. Air Force reconnaissance aircraft since the early days of the U.S. campaign in Afghanistan, including a Global Hawk drone that crashed Dec. 30, Aviation Week & Space Technology magazine reported yesterday.
The magazine said in its Jan. 7 edition that the two experimental Global Hawk unmanned aerial vehicles in the area plus U-2s "have been operating from an undisclosed base in UAE," which lies on the Persian Gulf, wedged between Saudi Arabia and Oman.

Charity falls behind on terror victims' bills
NEW YORK The Salvation Army is scrambling to pay some 30,000 household bills for victims of the September 11 terrorist attacks, but many families are getting overdue notices.
The charity raised $60 million and offered to pay everything from gas bills to car insurance, but the Salvation Army was overwhelmed with requests and fell weeks behind in payments, the New York Times reported yesterday.
"This is very embarrassing. We feel badly about it, and we're doing everything we can to get our system to work," Alfred J. Peck Jr., the Salvation Army's New York director of social services, told the newspaper.

Prisoners of Taliban sign book deal
NASHVILLE, Tenn. Former Afghanistan aid workers Dayna Curry and Heather Mercer have agreed to a book deal to tell the story of their Taliban imprisonment, the women's agent said yesterday.
The women will work with a professional writer to explain their motivations for going to Afghanistan and what they encountered there, agent Wes Yoder said.
Doubleday will publish the book in about five months, he said. Mr. Yoder refused to say what Doubleday will pay the women, except that his clients plan to use most of the money to finance humanitarian work in Afghanistan.

Plane crash kills five Americans
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico A small plane crashed in fog and rain yesterday in a national park in northeastern Puerto Rico, killing five members of an American family, authorities said.
Police identified the victims as a 62-year-old pilot from Princeton, N.J., his 37-year-old daughter, her 41-year-old husband, the husband's 69-year-old mother and the couple's 4-year-old son. All on board were killed. The daughter and her family were from Boulder, Colo., police said.
The six-seater took off about 2 p.m. from Culebra island and crashed about a half-hour later in a mountainous area in El Yunque National Park.

Police nab suspects in mass shooting
DAYTON, Ohio Police yesterday arrested two men suspected of opening fire in an apartment, killing a 3-year-old girl and a teen-ager.
Jeronique Cunningham, 29, and Cleveland Jackson, 21, both of Lima, Ohio, surrendered peacefully when police surrounded their Motel 6 hotel room based on a tip, said Sgt. Ken Greco of the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office.
Authorities say the men killed Leneshia Williams, 17, and Jayla Grant, 3, and wounded six others Thursday in Lima. Police say the victims knew the gunmen and let them in.


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