- The Washington Times - Wednesday, March 13, 2002

Columbia returns after Hubble repairs
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. Space shuttle Columbia and its crew of seven returned to Earth before dawn yesterday, ending their triumphant Hubble Space Telescope repair mission.
Commander Scott Altman and his crew spent the past week working on Hubble, installing more powerful solar wings, a better central power controller and an advanced camera capable of peering across the universe almost to the beginning of time.

Priest, parishioner die in church shooting
NEW YORK A gunman fatally shot a Roman Catholic priest and an elderly parishioner during Mass at a Long Island church yesterday.
Newsday reported yesterday on its Web site that the mayor of Lynbrook Village, home of Our Lady of Peace Church, had identified the suspect as Peter Troy. Mr. Troy was captured several hours.
Authorities identified the priest as the Rev. Lawrence Penzes, 50, and the dead parishioner as Eileen Tosner, 73.

Killer dog's owner denies blaming victim
LOS ANGELES A woman whose huge dog killed a neighbor denied yesterday that she blamed the victim for the attack, and testified that her greatest mistake was not understanding how violent her beloved dog could become.
"I was angry at some of the things being said," defendant Marjorie Knoller told the jury as she tried to explain comments she made to the news media after the fatal attack on Diane Whipple last year. "I said in an interview I was not responsible, but it was not in regard to the attack. It was in not knowing what he would do."
Mrs. Knoller, 46, is accused of second-degree murder, involuntary manslaughter and owning a mischievous dog that killed a person. Her husband, Robert Noel, 60, who was away at the time, is charged with the latter two counts. Both are lawyers.

Arkansas takes over two school districts
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. The Arkansas Board of Education has voted to take over management of two failing school districts, the first to be taken over by the state.
The board Monday declared the districts of Altheimer and Elaine, both poor, rural districts in eastern Arkansas, in a state of academic distress, meaning they have long shown low student achievement without acceptable improvement.
The agency will appoint an academic coordinator and others to guide the districts toward academic improvement.

No misdeeds shown on Winona Ryder tape
LOS ANGELES A surveillance tape of Winona Ryder's shopping spree that led to shoplifting charges does not show the actress using scissors to clip security tags from merchandise, as prosecutors have charged, the Los Angeles Times reported yesterday.
Miss Ryder, who was arrested Dec. 12 at Saks Fifth Avenue in Beverly Hills, was charged in February with felony counts of theft, burglary, vandalism and possession of a pain reliever without a prescription.

Church settles abuse lawsuits
BOSTON The Archdiocese of Boston has reached a financial settlement with dozens of people who claimed they were sexually molested by now-defrocked priest John J. Geoghan, the plaintiffs' attorney said yesterday.
Attorney Mitchell Garabedian, who represents 70 reputed victims and 16 family members of suspected victims, would not say how much the settlement totaled, but it has been reported to be between $15 million and $30 million.


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