- The Washington Times - Sunday, June 16, 2002

Endeavour casts off from space station

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. Space shuttle Endeavour cast off from the international space station yesterday and headed home with three men whose half-year stay set an American endurance record.
"Have a good time, guys," the space station's departing skipper, Yuri Onufrienko, told the three new residents left behind.
As he took one last look at what had been his home since December, Carl Walz called out, "Godspeed."
Mr. Onufrienko, Mr. Walz and Daniel Bursch are due back on Earth tomorrow, on what will be the 194th day of their mission.

Mob boss John Gotti buried
NEW YORK Mafia don John Gotti, who died of cancer this week while serving a life sentence for murder and racketeering, was buried yesterday, after a solemn funeral cortege, his coffin carried by relatives, friends and associates.
The former head of the Gambino crime family one of five notorious organized-crime syndicates that operated in New York was laid to rest next to his son Frank, who died at the age of 12 in a road accident, at St. John's Cemetery in Queens, near a social club he frequented for many years.
Whether the 61-year-old Gotti who lost his battle with head, neck and throat cancer on Monday could be buried in a Roman Catholic cemetery was subject to some debate among church officials because of his criminal past.
Ultimately, Father Andrew Vaccari, chancellor of New York's Brooklyn diocese, said he could be buried at St. John's without a funeral Mass.

Man arrested, terrorist ties probed
MIAMI A man linked to an organization under investigation for terrorist ties was arrested in Florida on a purported immigration violation, officials said yesterday.
Adham A. Hassoun, 40, was arrested Wednesday and was being held at Krome Detention Center, Immigration and Naturalization Service spokesman Rodney Germain said. He declined to provide further details on the investigation.
State records show that Mr. Hassoun was listed as the Florida registered agent of Chicago-based Benevolence International Foundation, which in April was charged in federal court in Chicago with funding al Qaeda terrorists. The foundation describes itself as an international charity organization benefiting refugees and children.
Mr. Hassoun's arrest came the same week the Justice Department announced the arrest in Chicago on May 8 of Jose Padilla, also known as Abdullah al Muhajir, an American accused of conspiring to explode a radiological device in the United States.
The Miami Herald and the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reported yesterday that al Muhajir and Mr. Hassoun were acquaintances and had attended the same Fort Lauderdale mosque, Al-Iman.


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