- The Washington Times - Tuesday, January 8, 2002

Judge rules ex-radical violated gag order

ATLANTA The former '60s radical once known as H. Rap Brown violated a gag order in his murder case and will lose some jail privileges, a judge ruled yesterday.
Fulton County Judge Stephanie Manis said Jamil Abdullah Al-Amin deliberately tried to taint the jury pool by writing public letters from jail and by giving an interview to the New York Times, which was published Sunday.
To make sure it doesn't happen again, Judge Manis stripped him of his telephone privileges and limited his visitors to the Fulton County jail. Jury selection begins today.

Troops to be surveyed about anthrax vaccine
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will survey military personnel about the anthrax vaccine in hopes of learning how fears about its safety can be lessened.
The Pentagon began inoculating about 2.4 million troops against anthrax. But the program has been on hold since 1998, after 500,000 personnel had received the vaccine, because of a shortage of supplies.
Some service personnel also have refused to take the injections because of fears of severe side effects. The vaccine's only manufacturer, Lansing, Mich.-based BioPort Corp., insists the vaccine is safe.
The Pentagon says severe side effects occur about once per 200,000 doses.

Is dwarf appetizer in planetary feast?
A newly detected brown dwarf orbiting a sunlike star in Earth's cosmic neighborhood could be just the first course in an upcoming banquet of planetary discovery, astronomers said yesterday.
The brown dwarf, a failed star with about 65 times the mass of Jupiter, was detected by astronomers who used two large telescopes on the Big Island of Hawaii. The telescopes were equipped with "adaptive optics technology," which corrects for the blurring of Earth's atmosphere.
Observations made with the ground-based telescopes, rather than the Hubble Space Telescope orbiting above the distorting atmosphere, could mean a new era in planetary science is dawning, scientists said at a Washington meeting of the American Astronomical Society.

Budget crisis means no new stadiums
NEW YORK Mayor Michael Bloomberg said yesterday that New York City's budget crisis and other needs will prevent the construction of baseball parks for the Yankees and Mets this year.
Mr. Bloomberg said, "It is just not practical this year to go and to build new stadiums."
Three days before he left office last month, Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani signed tentative agreements with the teams to build two $800 million stadiums, with the city paying half the cost. Mr. Giuliani said no new taxes would be necessary.

Accused smuggler makes deal
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. A man accused of being the leader of an immigrant smuggling ring for the nation's largest poultry producer pleaded guilty yesterday to a conspiracy charge as part of a deal with prosecutors.
Amador Anchondo-Rascon's plea carries a maximum potential sentence of five years in prison, a $250,000 fine and forfeiture of any profits.
U.S. Attorney John McCoon declined to say whether the Mexican man would testify against six Tyson executives indicted last month on charges of conspiring to smuggle illegal immigrants to work at the company's poultry processing plants.

Bush to bolster anti-terror spending
Congress has provided more than $60 billion since September to combat terrorism and to rebuild after the attacks on New York and Washington, roughly five times what the nation spent to fight terrorism in the previous year.
When President Bush sends Congress his $2 trillion fiscal 2003 budget next month, he is expected to propose a hefty increase in governmentwide anti-terrorism efforts and propose billions more for the military's $345 billion wartime budget for the rest of this year. Fiscal 2003 begins Oct. 1

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