- The Washington Times - Monday, January 7, 2002

Military seeks help with 'odor bomb'
PHILADELPHIA A group of scientists are experimenting with the worst smells imaginable to help the military develop an "odor bomb" so foul it could clear crowds.
"What they would be interested in is something to keep people out of certain areas," said Pamela Dalton, a researcher at the Philadelphia-based Monell Chemical Senses Center. "We are going for odors that every culture has experienced and the experience is negative."
The Pentagon asked Monell to help develop the stinky but nonlethal weapon. The center's work on putrid smells was reported in today's issue of Chemical & Engineering News, the weekly news magazine of the American Chemical Society.
Miss Dalton cautioned that the military could be a long way from developing such an offensive weapon, and that scientists are still trying to work out some bugs.
"How do you contain these odors until you are ready to use them?" she asked.

Jury selection set in Yates murder trial
HOUSTON Lawyers today begin the process of selecting a jury to decide the fate of a Houston mother who drowned her five small children in the family bathtub last summer.
State District Judge Belinda Hill will oversee the process of seating a 12-member jury to hear the capital murder case against Andrea Yates, who could face a sentence of death by lethal injection if convicted.
Mrs. Yates, 37, already has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to two counts of capital murder. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty.

Authorities find car linked to accused killer
SAN FRANCISCO A stolen vehicle linked to a man whose wife and three young children were slain in Oregon was found yesterday at San Francisco International Airport, the FBI said.
Christian Longo, 27, is accused of killing his wife and children and dumping their bodies near the towns of Newport and Waldport, Ore.
A warrant for his arrest was issued Dec. 28, and he is the subject of a nationwide manhunt.
The stolen Dodge Durango believed driven by Mr. Longo was found yesterday morning.

Decorated veteran dead at 86
NEEDHAM, Mass. Rear Adm. Chester W. Nimitz Jr., a decorated World War II submarine veteran and only son of Navy Fleet Adm. Chester W. Nimitz, died with his wife, Joan Labern Nimitz. He was 86 and she was 89.
The couple, married in 1993, faced deteriorating health and chose to take their own lives, said their daughter, Betsy Van Dorn.

Gunfire kills three at wedding reception
LONG BEACH, Calif. A man shot and killed two wedding-reception guests as they danced at a Cambodian restaurant, and was himself fatally shot during a struggle with other guests, police said yesterday.
Police could not immediately describe the relationship between the suspect and his victims.
The suspect was shot in the head late Saturday as a wedding guest attempted to restrain him, but it was unclear whether the suspect or someone else pulled the trigger.

'Rings,' 'Potter' pass box office milestones
LOS ANGELES The little denizens of Hobbiton are still making a big splash at the North American box office as "The Lord of the Rings" movie led the field for the third consecutive weekend.
With little new competition on the horizon, "The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring" grossed $23 million in ticket sales for the three-day period beginning Friday, according to studio estimates issued yesterday.
Since its Dec. 19 release, the first installment of the film adaptations of the J.R.R. Tolkien trilogy has grossed $205.5 million in the United States and Canada.
"Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" has pulled in $300.6 million in North America since its Nov. 16 release, boosted by weekend sales of $6.1 million.

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