- The Washington Times - Saturday, June 29, 2002

Manson disciple denied parole
FRONTERA, Calif. A parole board refused yesterday to grant freedom to former Manson disciple Leslie Van Houten after a lengthy and emotional hearing at which she said she would always bear the sorrow of the cult killings that landed her in prison 33 years ago.
The ruling came after a prosecutor and the family of the victims urged the Board of Prison Terms never to grant parole to the 52-year-old woman who was described as a model prisoner.
"This was a cruel and calculated murder, and a matter that demonstrates a disregard for human suffering," said Sharon Lawin, the board commissioner who chaired the hearing.
Charles Manson, his chief lieutenant, Charles "Tex" Watson, and three women Van Houten, Susan Atkins and Patricia Krenwinkle were convicted for their roles in the slayings in 1969 of actress Sharon Tate, Leno and Rosemary LaBianca, and four others.
It was Van Houten's 14th appearance before the parole board.

Mistakes of pilots killed Canadian troops
A U.S.-Canadian inquiry into the mistaken bombing of Canadian troops in Afghanistan in the spring concluded that two U.S. F-16 pilots did not exercise proper caution, an American officer said yesterday.
Marine Corps Lt. Gen. Michael DeLong, deputy commander of U.S. Central Command, said at a news conference in Tampa, Fla., that the cause of the deadly accident was the "failure of the two pilots to exercise appropriate flight discipline."
Any disciplinary action against the pilots will be considered by the Air Force, Gen. DeLong said. He declined to say what kind of punishment was recommended by the investigation board.
A separate Canadian government investigation, whose findings were released yesterday in Ottawa, reached the same conclusion as the joint inquiry.
The four soldiers killed in the accident were members of the 3rd Battalion of the Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry, which is based near Edmonton, Alberta.

Three men convicted of enslaving workers
FORT PIERCE, Fla. Three Florida citrus contractors were convicted yesterday of conspiring to hold workers in involuntary servitude and harboring undocumented workers, the Justice Department said.
The workers were threatened with violence and told they could not leave until they paid a $1,000 debt to the defendants.
Ramiro Ramos, Juan Ramos and Jose Ramos were also convicted of interfering with interstate commerce by extortion and use of a firearm during a violent felony.

Pentagon to share vaccine with civilians
About half the military's anthrax vaccine supply will be stockpiled for civilians in case of a bioterror attack, expanding protection once meant almost exclusively for U.S. troops, the government said yesterday.
Vaccinating U.S. troops abroad remains the top priority, officials said during a joint announcement at the Pentagon by the departments of Defense, and Health and Human Services.
The vaccine will not be available for civilians to buy. And civilians will get the shots only if they are exposed to the deadly anthrax bacteria, said William Raub, an HHS deputy director for public health preparedness.
In contrast, the Pentagon program vaccinates soldiers as a precaution against potential exposure.

House members vow to support Bush veto
A group of House members has written to President Bush, promising to support him if he chooses to veto an emergency spending bill that exceeds his requested total or underfunds his war effort.
The 150 House members 149 Republicans and one independent, Rep. Virgil H. Goode Jr. of Virginia are enough to sustain a presidential veto, which gives the House a firm backing in negotiating a compromise spending bill with the Senate.
The administration has threatened a veto if the final measure is significantly more than the $27.1 billion package he submitted. Mr. Bush has threatened vetoes in the past but has yet to veto any measures.
A $29.4 billion bill to fund domestic security, rebuilding New York City and the war in Afghanistan passed the House 280-138 on May 24, though it includes some set-asides and offsets that leaders say makes the actual price tag equal to the president's submitted plan. A $31.5 billion bill passed the Senate 71-22 on June 7.

Arizona fire roars to life, races toward new homes
SHOW LOW, Ariz. The huge fire that has swept across eastern Arizona broke through a containment line yesterday and raced toward 600 homes in a mountain subdivision, fire officials said.
Scores of firefighters were sent from Show Low, where the fire has been quiet for several days, to battle the threat near Forest Lakes, about 40 miles west.
About 500 firefighters were working just a few hundred feet from homes in the abandoned subdivision, fire spokesman David Killebrew said.


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