- The Washington Times - Thursday, June 6, 2002

Lowery appointed to FBI organizing post
FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III yesterday announced the appointment of W. Wilson Lowery Jr., a former IBM executive, as his special assistant to oversee the bureau's reorganization.
Mr. Lowery will report to FBI headquarters on June 17. He retired as chairman of the IBM Credit Corp. and general manager of Global Financing after 30 years with IBM, serving in executive positions for 20 of those years. As vice president of quality and re-engineering, Mr. Mueller said, Mr. Lowery was responsible for the global re-engineering and reorganization of IBM.

Senate panel approves Yucca waste site
A divided U.S. Senate Energy Committee set aside Nevada's objections yesterday and gave its blessing to President Bush's decision to bury deadly nuclear waste from across the nation in the state's Yucca Mountain site.
On a 13-10 vote, the panel sent a resolution to override Nevada's veto of the $58 billion project to the Democrat-led Senate for anticipated final congressional approval within the next two months.
Congressional approval would clear the way for the U.S. Energy Department to apply to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to license the project, scheduled to open in 2010 and hold 70,000 tons of radioactive material.

Bush pushes treaty ratification
President Bush pressed key senators yesterday to approve a new nuclear arms-reduction treaty that he and Russian President Vladimir Putin signed late last month.
Mr. Bush met with Sens. Joseph R. Biden Jr., Delaware Democrat, and Richard G. Lugar, Indiana Republican. Each man leads his party on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

Cholera more infectious after being in humans
Cholera bacteria appear to become even more infectious as they pass through the human intestinal tract, a finding that could help explain why the disease spreads so quickly, researchers say.
At the same time, the finding complicates efforts to develop a vaccine, since most research uses laboratory-grown strains that are apparently less infectious than those that have gone through a person, said Andrew Camilli of the Tufts University School of Medicine, co-author of the study in today's issue of the journal Nature.

Pro-life militant returned to U.S.
BUFFALO, N.Y. The man suspected in the 1998 sniper slaying of a Buffalo abortion doctor was returned to the United States from France yesterday and pleaded not guilty to federal charges.
James Kopp, 47, was captured in France more than year ago and was put on a plane in Paris after he dropped his fight against extradition in the slaying of Dr. Barnett Slepian.
Mr. Kopp was charged with violating a federal law against using deadly force to interfere with the right to abortion. The pro-life activist faces life without parole on the federal charges.

Oklahoma sues over bridge collapse
TULSA, Okla. Oklahoma's attorney general filed suit against a towboat captain and two companies over a barge crash that brought down an interstate highway bridge and killed 14 persons whose vehicles plunged into the river below.
The lawsuit, filed Tuesday, accused towboat captain William Joe Dedmon, Magnolia Marine Transport Co. and Ergon Inc. of negligence.
Mr. Dedmon's towboat was pushing two barges up the Arkansas River on May 26 when it hit the bridge in Oklahoma, knocking down 500 feet of roadway.

Skakel jury asks to rehear testimony
NORWALK, Conn. Jurors in the trial of Kennedy cousin Michael Skakel asked to rehear testimony yesterday from several prosecution witnesses, most of whom talked about Mr. Skakel's alibi or his movements the night his teen-age neighbor was killed.
Among the witnesses they asked to rehear were Mr. Skakel's only sister, Julie; her friend Andrea Shakespeare Renna; and forensics expert Henry Lee.

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