- The Washington Times - Sunday, June 2, 2002

Arlington cemetery burial rules relaxed
Under a new interpretation of Army rules, some civilians who served the United States during wartime will be allowed to have their cremated remains interred with military honors at Arlington National Cemetery.
Thirty-seven civilian groups, including the U.S. Merchant Marine and some female pilots who flew military planes during World War II, are affected by the decision announced Friday.
More than 200,000 crew members served on merchant ships during the war, when German U-boats regularly sank cargo-carrying vessels in the early years. It's estimated that more than 8,000 merchant mariners were killed.

Military told to pay for abortion of fetus
BOSTON A federal judge has ordered the U.S. military to pay for the abortion of a fetus that was developing without a brain.
U.S. District Court Judge Nancy Gertner ruled Thursday that the government could not refuse to pay for the abortion on moral grounds. But the decision applies only to fetuses with anencephaly, a congenital absence of part or all of the brain. The baby survives only a few days in such cases.
The case involved Maureen M. Britell, whose husband was in the military when she had an abortion at New England Medical Center in 1994.
Mrs. Britell was covered by the Civilian Health and Medical Program of the Uniformed Service, or CHAMPUS. A 1970s law bans federal funding of most abortions, and CHAMPUS does not pay for abortions unless the mother's life is in danger.

Victims fund requests lower than expected
NEW YORK Only 10 families have completed applications for the federal government's September 11 fund nearly nine months after the terrorist attacks that killed more than 3,000 people, the fund's administrator said yesterday.
Kenneth Feinberg, a Georgetown University law professor, said the final applications were made available to the families about eight weeks ago.
"I'm fairly confident that by the end of next year we'll have a success rate of over 90 percent," Mr. Feinberg said. "It's just taking more time that we thought it would. It's a new process, and people are unsure about how it will work."
The small figure reflects a number of factors, from the complexity of the process to the possibility of filing lawsuits, though Mr. Feinberg said only four lawsuits have been filed so far.
Fund applicants forfeit their right to sue airlines and others over the attacks.

Killer storm strikes amusement park
WEST MIFFLIN, Pa. Thousands of children on end-of-school outings were ready for amusement park rides when a storm barreled through the suburbs of Pittsburgh.
It appeared that a series of lightning bolts had passed, and the sun had even poked through the clouds. Children were in line for the roller coasters when the winds hit, roaring to 80 mph as they tore across Kennywood Park.
Parents sheltered screaming youngsters with their bodies as the roof of a ride collapsed, crushing a woman and sending debris flying through the crowds as they tried to seek shelter. By the time the winds calmed, more than 45 people were injured, and the woman was dead.

Historian resigns from Pulitzer board
NEW YORK Doris Kearns Goodwin has resigned from the Pulitzer Prize board, four months after the historian acknowledged that parts of a book she wrote were taken from another author without attribution.
Miss Goodwin's resignation was announced Friday by Columbia University, which administers the nation's most prestigious journalism prizes.
In a letter to board Chairman John Carroll, Miss Goodwin said, "After the controversy earlier this year surrounding my book, 'The Fitzgeralds and the Kennedys,' and the need now to concentrate on my Lincoln manuscript, I will not be able to give the board the kind of attention it deserves."

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